Claritas Choir 30th Anniversary Concert

The East Cheshire Hospice Claritas Choir is holding a special concert to mark the charity's 30th anniversary. Popular and traditional favourites will be performed by the choir at St Peter's Church in Prestbury on Sunday, May 20, at 3 pm. Admission is free. There will be a leaving collection with donations shared between the church and the Hospice.

Refreshments will be served in St Peter's Rooms next to the church with proceeds going to the Hospice. Committee member Jan Ellis said: "We enjoy singing and that it benefits the Hospice and are therefore delighted to be part of the Hospice's 30th anniversary celebrations."

Claritas has been raising funds for the Hospice since it began performing 12 years ago and last year donated £5,784. The choir has 56 members and is so popular there is now a waiting list. 

Clarinet player Jacob Coley, whose mother Sue is a choir member, will perform as soloist. Jacob (23) was a pupil at Prestbury Primary School where he began playing the clarinet aged 10.

He took up piano and voice tuition studying at Fallibroome Academy and graduated in Music from Huddersfield University, recently completing a Masters there.

 Jacob, who hopes to develop a career in music, has performed in various orchestras, wind bands and choirs, and volunteered with the Macclesfield Alzheimer's Society 'Singing for the Brain' group.

He is fundraising for a Great Wall of China trek in aid of the Alzheimer's Society, in memory of his two grandmothers.