Choir’s charity gig raises £1,400

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A contemporary choir, who are on the hunt for a grand piano, have raised more than £1,400 from their latest charity concert.

On Sunday evening, Lavenham Village Hall was filled with song as Upbeat Contemporary Choir performed in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St Edmunds.

Since its inception just over two years ago, the group has raised more than £5,000 for a whole host of causes, including cystic fibrosis, motor neurone disease and Success After Stroke.

The choir’s musical director and accomplished piano teacher, Andrea King, from Monks Eleigh, said the hospice provides all kinds of support.

“I just think it is a really good cause,” said the 58-year-old. “Not only does it help cancer patients, but it helps lots of different people, too.”

The group puts on two large charity concerts per year, as well as performing at various other shows and venues in the region.

The choir, which began as a group of 13, has grown into an ensemble with 45 members who practice in Lavenham Primary School on Wednesday evenings.

Andrea, who is the resident pianist at The Swan in Lavenham, said all of the members pitch in to make their charity concerts so successful.

“One of the main points about the choir is to give people confidence to sing,” she said.

“It’s great fun, there’s no pressure and we enjoy ourselves.”

As well as raising money and showcasing their talents, the group hope to find a grand piano for Lavenham Village Hall.

Andrea said securing the instrument for the hall would benefit many people in the community.

“I know that, somewhere out there, people have got grand pianos in houses they want to get rid of but they can’t,” she said.

“Someone might just have one that they would like to sell.”

Anyone who can help should contact a.king00@btinternet.com.