Council choir debuts at Pemberton Festival

Council choir debuts at Pemberton Festival

A new choir made up of Wigan Council staff will take to the stage next week in a joint concert with Wigan Community Choir.

Believe Voices was set up in May 2017 to build and maintain work-place wellbeing and after six months of rehearsing, they will make their debut performance on Wednesday 18th October at St. John’s Church as part of the annual Pemberton Festival celebrations.

Now in its fifth year, Pemberton Festival aims to bring the local community together by creating a programme of events over a two-week period from an open mic night to art groups and coffee and cake sessions.

Speaking ahead of the performance, Mayor of Wigan Borough, Councillor Bill Clarke said: “Believe Voices is a voluntary group compiling of around 50 staff members who practice singing in their own time.

“Physical and mental wellbeing for both residents and employees is a priority for Wigan Council and there has been a lot of positive feedback from staff about this opportunity despite having only been set up for a short time. I am very much looking forward to going seeing them on the evening!”

Tickets to the performance are £5.00 for adults and children have free entrance. All money taken on the door will go to the Mayor’s chosen charities, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Parkinsons UK.

Imelda Shirley, who runs Believe Voices with colleague Sharon Darby-Purcell said: “Believe Voices provides a period of ‘mind rest’ where colleagues can come together, relax and recharge during their lunch breaks.

“Above everything else, the choir is really fun and although we are nervous about our first public performance, we’re excited and know we have the support of the council and our friends and family behind us. We’re also really privileged to be raising money for the mayors’ charities.”

Tickets can be bought by Pemberton Festival organiser, Stephen Southern or call 01942 486009

Posted on Tuesday 10th October 2017

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