Hard on the heels of her dancing exploits on BBC TV, Edwina Currie has assumed a new musical mantle as president of the Tideswell Male Voice Choir.
Well known as a writer, broadcaster, politician and guest speaker, Edwina has a lifelong interest in music.
Edwina commented: “I never thought I would win Strictly Come Dancing and coincidentally, when I was eliminated, I was invited to become president of a wonderful male voice choir in the Peak District. I was delighted to accept the opportunity. So, while I may have lost Vincent Simone, I have now gained sixty men from Derbyshire.”
Tideswell Male Voice Choir is a highly acclaimed and progressive choir based in the Peak District. Bill Preece, chairman of the choir, said that: “Edwina is an ideal choice to represent and promote the choir’s burgeoning reputation for excellence in choral singing.”
Edwina’s first appearance as president of the choir will be a charity Christmas Musical Spectacular at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield on Sunday 18 December. The concert will feature the choir and the Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Band, whose president, Lord Hattersley, will also be there.
Edwina was born in Liverpool and went to the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She admits that much of her education was spent in the Cavern Club listening to their music. This stimulated her love of music.
As a youngster. she took real delight in singing uplifting psalms in Hebrew as part of the Orthodox Jewish congregation in Childwall, Liverpool to which her family belonged.
Music has played a big part in her life and she likes nothing more than listening to music on the radio while driving in the Peak District. Her eclectic musical tastes range from Simon and Garfunkel to Beethoven.
Whilst MP for the South Derbyshire constituency, she was an active supporter of Gresley and Melbourne Male Voice Choirs. Gresley MVC travelled to London to sing at Edwina’s 50th birthday celebrations. She also arranged for Gresley MVC to visit the Loire Region in France where she has a home.
In 2006, Edwina appeared in Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes in which she featured as French singer Edith Piaf with a rendition of “Milord.”
In 2009, her musical prowess was demonstrated when, as part of the TV Show Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, she teamed up with Declan Donnelly, Anthony Costa and Nicky Clarke to release a charity single. The release was a cover version of the Wham hit song “Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)” and it reached No.64 in the UK charts.
Continuing the musical theme, Edwina describes her marriage to husband, John, as being: “Married to the most handsome baritone in the High Peak.”
Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! In politics, she became one of the nation’s best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher’s government 1986-88, in the Department of Health. Writing proved a lot easier than politics. In all, she has had ten books published. She started with non-fiction then turned to novels which were instant best-sellers in the UK. As a broadcaster, she is a frequent contributor to news and current affairs programmes .For many years she has been a well-known radio and TV presenter and performer.