200 Piece choir set for Cathedral performance

10th March 2014

Singers from all over Lincolnshire will join the Salisbury Community Choir to perform Will Todd’s ‘The City Garden’

Over 250 singers and musicians will come together to perform ‘The City Garden’ at Lincoln Cathedral on Saturday 3rd May 2014. Award winning choirs Scunthorpe Junior Choir and the Choirs of Lincoln Minster School will join the Salisbury Community Choir under the direction of Jeremy Backhouse, one of Britain’s leading choral conductors.

‘The City Garden’ is a cantata commissioned by Salisbury Community Choir to celebrate their 21st birthday. The piece was composed by Will Todd, one of Britain’s finest young composers, who was responsible for ‘The Call of Wisdom’ which featured in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Thanksgiving Service.

“‘The City Garden’ takes the listener on a romantic journey through the seasons with different moods, temperatures and weather supplying the light and shade” explained Helen Atkinson, from Salisbury Community Choir. “It combines a foot-tapping mix of jazz and gospel with unforgettable melodies and lyrics, and links the four seasons and the human journey from Adam’s fall to man’s redemption; it is a moving and spiritual work on many levels. It’s a wonderful piece to sing and is a vibrant, emotional and arresting piece to listen to”

Formed in 1993, Salisbury Community Choir has in excess of 150 members, and has a real community focus, having raised in excess of £100,000 for a range of charities. For their Lincoln Cathedral performance Salisbury Community Choir will be donating all proceeds to Lincoln’s local charity St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.

“We are delighted to be working with St Barnabas, they are an inspiring organisation and deliver an exceptional service and we hope that the people of Lincoln come and support the concert. It will be a fantastic evening and every seat that we sell will make a real difference to the amount we raise” said Helen Atkinson

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, Events Fundraiser, Becky Otter said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen by Salisbury Community Choir as their dedicated charity for their Lincoln performance. The night is sure to be a feast for the senses with the stunning architecture of the Cathedral coupled with the spectacular sounds from the choir and live orchestra.”

Becky Otter concludes: “As an organisation we provide end of life support to patients and their families via our in-patient hospice, day therapy centres and bereavement groups. This year we must raise £3.4million in order to continue to provide our care and services free of charge.”

Seating is sectioned and tickets are priced at £10, £15, £20. Tickets for the event can be purchased at selected St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice shops or from www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk and the Cathedral Box Office. For further information contact St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice fundraising office on 01522 540 300.

For information on ‘The City Garden’ visit www.thecitygarden.org.uk

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