Anthem marks 10 years of choir

The Coquet Singers
The Coquet Singers

A new anthem has been written and composed to celebrate a north Northumberland’s choir 10th anniversary.

The Coquet Singers, a mixed choir, based in Rothbury, are celebrating a decade of making music together.

The Coquet Singers

The Coquet Singers

One of its members, John Lewis, has created The Coquet Sings Forever to mark the occasion.

As part of their anniversary celebrations, members of the choir have enjoyed a special vocal development workshop with voice coach Pauline Garton and sang at Whitton Grange to raise funds for Hospice Care North Northumberland.

Their next performance is at Brinkburn Priory on Sunday at 1.15pm when they will be singing songs selected from their new summer repertoire, including songs from the North East and from around the world and their new anthem.

They will be rounding off their summer with a birthday party.

Brinkburn Priory

Brinkburn Priory

The autumn season sees them hosting a songs from the shows workshop, led by Andrew Scott, well-known as director of the famous youth choir, The Swing Bridge Singers, at the Jubilee Institute, Rothbury, on Saturday, October 15, from 10.30am to 1.30pm.

This is open to non-members at a cost of £10 including refreshments.

Louise Kirkwood, from the group, said: “The Coquet Singers grew out of an exploratory workshop held in 2005 at Dr Thomlinson Middle School in Rothbury, organised by several aspiring singers who were frustrated by the lack of a local choir and seeking to find other kindred spirits.

“With support from 20,000 Voices, a Northumberland initiative, which encourages people to sing throughout the North East, the choir was established in 2006 and many of the founder members are still enjoying singing.

“Musical director Anne Suggate has remained with us throughout the journey and has enabled and led performances at many wonderful musical events throughout Coquetdale and further afield.

The choir has a current membership of 32 men and women with a range of ages and backgrounds, all coming together purely to sing for pleasure.

Anyone from the local area is welcome to sing with the Coquet Singers, their aim is to encourage social interaction and enthusiastic participation.

They rehearse on Monday evenings in term-time from 7pm to 9pm in Rothbury United Reformed Church.

If you are interested in joining the choir drop in to one of the rehearsals or speak to the group after their performance at Brinkburn on Sunday.

To register for a place on the songs from the shows workshop, email info.lewis@btinternet.com, with your name, phone number and email or call 01669 621057.