30 May 2024

Choir tunes up for series of 95th anniversary concerts

Withernsea Ladies’ Choir is celebrating its 95th anniversary with three concerts in the coming month.

One current member was around at the choir’s inception – but she was not quite capable of singing, according to fellow singer Lynn Massey-Davis.

The choir, which continues to go from strength to strength, regularly welcoming new members, specialises in singing two and three-part harmonies for women’s voices under the baton of Patrick Pearson, accompanied by Paul Pike.

Lynn said: “While singing in harmony is quite a challenge, the choir also seeks to provide an entertainment experience where audiences can join in with their own renditions of popular songs designed to make the whole event enjoyable and to send everyone home, happy with tunes buzzing round their heads.

“And of course, what is remarkable is that they’ve been doing it for 95 years.”

The first in the series of concerts – the official 95th birthday celebration – will take place at the Meridian Centre in Withernsea on Saturday, June 17, with special guest Andrew Wells, who will be performing some of his original humorous folk songs.

The next concerts will be on Saturday, June 24, at St Patrick’s Church, Patrington, at 7pm, and on Sunday, June 25, at Sunk Island Heritage Centre, at 2pm.

Later in the summer, the choir will be doing a guest spot at Withernsea’s Blue Light Weekend.

The theme for June’s concerts is songs from every decade that the choir has existed, and most of the songs are from shows, including Oliver, West Side Story, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables.

Tickets for the concerts are available from the Shores Centre or on the door.