Claritas Choir this festive season - East Cheshire Hospice

Claritas Choir this festive season

Claritas Choir are back performing live again after an enforced absence.

The East Cheshire Hospice singers staged their first performance in three years due to Covid.

They made their comeback in Congleton two weeks ago.

The choir are holding a concert at Macclesfield and Bollington United Reformed Church, Park Green, on Tuesday, December 13, at 7.30 pm.

The programme includes a number of the choir’s favourite songs, plus Christmas music, some of which will be in ‘sing-a-long’ format involving audience participation.

Members of Claritas choir hand over a cheque for £617 from their recent concert to East Cheshire Hospice. From left, Gail Robinson, Mike Baker, Sue Parker, Tessa Hughes, Ron Gould, Lorna Searls, Richard Johnson, Claire Gorton (Hospice fundraise), Anne Pillai, Kim Monaghan and Julie Dunsford.

Tickets, including refreshments, are £8 for adults and £5 for under 18s. They are available in advance from the Hospice reception and choir members, or on the door.

The choir will also be appearing at the Light Up A Life service for the Hospice at St Michael and All Angels Church this Saturday (Dec 3) at 4.30 pm.

The half-hour service is a chance to remember lost loved ones and is suitable for those of all faiths and none.  Tickets are not required and attendees should be there for 4 pm.

Committee member Marian Mackay said: “It’s good to be back in full swing after so long away.  It was incredibly difficult during Covid.  We did meet via Zoom, but it wasn’t the same as live  rehearsals.”

Over the last 10 years Claritas has raised in the region of £35,000 for the Hospice.

The Musical director is Kath Ibbotson, with Hilary Balsdon as accompanist.

Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm at the Silk Life Centre, George Street, Macclesfield.

New members are always welcome. For more details visit the website

* The Hospice Christmas tree collection has already attracted more than 700 registrations before December.

The collection, sponsored by AstraZeneca,  is held the weekend of January 14/15.

Donors are asked to leave trees outside in an easily accessible location.

Business sponsorship covers costs so every penny donated goes directly to providing care for Hospice patients.

To register trees visit

* Learn how to make a Christmas wreath at Fold Yoga on Sunday, December 4 (2 pm- 6 pm).

The workshop is organised by floral designer Sarah Hinchliffe, who opened her business North & Flower in Macclesfield last year.

The venue is The Engine Rooms, Sunderland Street. The cost is £50, with 10 per cent of ticket fees going to the charity. All materials are provided. To book visit

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