Choir sounds arrival of spring

Christoper Ellis, accompanist for Tideswell Male Voice Choir
Christoper Ellis, accompanist for Tideswell Male Voice Choir
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THE Peak District’s own Tideswell Male Voice Choir opens its 2012 concert programme with an enchanting musical evening which celebrates the arrival of spring.

A mix of contemporary and traditional songs will be aired at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, on Sunday, April 1, when the choir will be performing at the venue for the first time.

The programme will feature several new and exciting pieces which the choir have added to their repertoire including Bohemian Rhapsody, Battle Hymn of the Republic, Stand By Me, Voice of the Child and Yesterday.

The concert will also feature the skills of Christopher Ellis, the choir’s principal accompanist, whose stunning musicianship enraptured a capacity audience at the Buxton Opera House last October with his rendition of Rhapsody in Blue. His inspiring programme for the evening includes pieces by Rachmaninov, Chopin, Gershwin and Sinding. Fruhlingsrauchen, opus 32 no.3 by Sinding is a particularly apposite piece as it translates as “Rustle of Spring”. 

Dennis Kay, principal conductor and director of music, commented: “I am delighted that the choir are starting the year at this wonderful new venue in Buxton and performing our new repertoire. I am confident that the audience will be hugely impressed by the sublime skills of Christopher Ellis. To hear him perform is well worth the admission money.”

Through its fundraising activities, the choir will be supporting three charities in 2012 namely Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, The Christie in Manchester and Tideswell Medical Foundation.

For tickets, priced £12 and £10, call the ticket hotline on 01298 77947 or Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190. For details about events featuring the Tideswell Male Voice Choir visit