Popular choir share anniversary with Queen

THE QUEEN might be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee next year — but she will have to share some of the limelight with the long-running Bestwood Male Voice Choir!

For the Bestwood Village-based group are also looking forward to their landmark 60th anniversary in 2012.

Just as Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne in 1952, the year also marked the formation of the choir by its late founder, Len Hogg, who died in 2005 at the age of 89.

Celebrations for the group’s anniversary will culminate in a special concert at the Albert Hall in Nottingham on Sunday September 23.

But there will be a whole host of other events.

The choir’s much-loved compere, John Pritchard, will also launch a book entitled ‘More Quips, Quotes And Jokes By The Famous And The Unknown’.

Contributions will be made by personalities from the world of sport, including former cricket unpire Dickie Bird, world-champion boxer Amir Khan and Notts County FC manager Martin Allen, actors such as Sherrie Hewson, and politicians including Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke, of Nottingham. Choir members will also feature.

As part of his foreword, John states that the choir has raised thousands of pounds for charity. so it seemed fitting that proceeds from sales of his new book would help continue that work.

Over the years, the choir has performed across Nottinghamshire and toured Europe, including Germany and Holland.

Attentions are now focused on a schedule of concerts in the run-up to Christmas, starting tonight (Friday) at the switch-on of Bestwood Village’s Christmas lights.

Next Wednesday (December 7), they are at Southwell Minster in aid of Age UK; a week tomorrow (Saturday December 10) at Gedling Borough Council’s civic carol service with Newstead Brass at St Paul’s Church, Daybrook; and then a week on Sunday (December 11), it’s a carol service at St John’s Church, Keys Close, Bulwell.

On Friday December 16, they join forces with Bestwood Black Diamonds brass band for a concert at Bestwood Social Club, Park Road, while on Sunday December 18, they take part in a carol service at St Mark’s Church, School Walk, Bestwood Village. On Monday December 19, the choir are performing again with Newstead Brass — this time at Hucknall Parish Church.