Claritas 10 year concert

Ten years on, the Claritas Choir are still hitting the high notes for East Cheshire Hospice.

Their recent 10th anniversary concert, which played to a packed audience at Macclesfield Methodist Church, has raised more than £2000 for the charity.

The choir, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “to brighten or to illuminate”, was inspired by the Hospices’ former Chaplain, Stella Cole who attended the evening along with fellow founders Linda Tyrer and her daughter, Sally Dinnis.

Linda, a Hospice volunteer, set up and ran the choir as administrator until 2012 while Sally was the original musical director.

Originally the choir sang 'a capella' until Kath Ibbotson took over as musical director in April 2012, conducting from the keyboard, after her retirement from teaching music at Fallibroome Academy.

Around 200 people attended the concert including Macclesfield Mayor, Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones.

The choir were also joined for the evening by soloists Sarah Barron, Kate Shaw and 11-year-old Joe Butler-Smith and also the Stagecoach Macclesfield Singing Troupe for an evening which featured a variety of songs from pop and rock to musical theatre.

Sponsor for the concert was Lilian Chaney from Poynton whose own fund-raising efforts helped to cover the hall hire and programme printing costs.

Anyone interested in joining the choir can visit its website The choir welcomes people of all ages and has a regular attendance of 40+ members.