Claritas Christmas Concert

Macclesfield’s Claritas Choir plan to round off their 10th anniversary year by hitting all the right notes for East Cheshire Hospice.

The 50-strong choir are currently practicing for a Christmas concert next month which they hope will add much needed funds to their £6000 pot which has already been raised from public concerts and performance for smaller groups over the last 12 months.

The choir, which takes its name from the Latin word meaning “to brighten or to illuminate”, will sing a range of Christmas classics, both songs and carols, and the audience also get their chance to join in.

The choir was inspired by the Hospices’ former Chaplain, Stella Cole and originally they sang 'a capella' until Kath Ibbotson joined as musical director in April 2012, conducting from the keyboard, after her retirement from teaching music at Fallibroome Academy.

“A Christmas concert is a great way of getting into the festive spirit and we’re all looking forward to it very much,”says Kath.

Macclesfield Brass, a community band, will also be supporting Claritas.  Though formed only last year, the band has already given public performances, including appearing at the famous Whit Sunday Marches and a concert in Manchester for Maggie’s Centre, the cancer support charity.  Macclesfield Brass will be performing a selection of numbers from their standard repertoire as well as a set of Christmas-themed numbers.

The concert takes place on Thursday December 14 at Bethel Baptist Church on Windmill Street in Macclesfield, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £7.50, including refreshments, and are available from East Cheshire Hospice (01625 610364), Bethel Baptist Church, members of the choir or at the door on the evening.