Police Choir record new album
Hereford Police Male Choir, whose last album ‘Still Standing’, recorded after their acclaimed performances on the BBC TV show ‘Last Choir Standing’, was a complete sell-out, have recorded a new album, said to be its best ever.
Titled ‘Still Standing in Song’, the album shows off the musical virtuosity of the 60-strong choir and includes songs such as ‘What A Wonderful World’, a No 1 hit for Louis Armstrong, and Westlife's ‘You Raise Me Up’, a trio of charming Irish folksongs, some great Welsh pieces, including ‘Cantilena’ by Karl Jenkins plus a few rumbustious numbers, such as ‘Song of The Jolly Roger’, typical of male voice singing.
Manchester based Keith Farrington, who produced the album, said:
“It is the best CD the police choir has ever recorded, better even than ‘Still Standing’. The selection of songs chosen by the musical director, Alison Houlbrooke allows the choir to show off its great range and versatility, from ‘Hine Hine’, a gentle Maori lullaby, to powerful Welsh numbers. There is something in this CD for everyone.”
The album, priced at £10 is on sale at The Outback, Church Street, Hereford, or by mail from:
Mike Davis, 3 Siward James Close, Bodenham, Hereford, HR1 3LS. (£11 to include p&p) Cheques payable to Hereford Police Choir.
Singing for Charity
Through its concerts Hereford Police Male Choir has raised close on £1,000,000 for a wide range of local and national charities in its 55 years of singing.The Choir is currently supporting the Mayor of Hereford's Charity Fund, and a joint concert with Ebbw Vale Male Choir in the Shirehall raised a total of £1,500 for the two cancer-related charities the Mayor supports.
Jim Griffith, choir chairman, is pictured handing over the cheques on behalf of the police choir and the Friends of the Police Choir who organised the raffle, to the Mayor, Cllr Brian Wilcox.
The Choir added £1000 to the funds of the Midlands Air Ambulance with a concert at St Stephen's Church in Worcester in November 2012. The Mayor of Worcester, Roger Berry, who was at the concert, said in the local paper:
“The singing from Hereford Police Choir was exceptional.”
Choir members Brian Williams and Emlyn Newman dropped in at the helicopter base at Strensham to deliver the cheque.
Can The Police Choir help your charity or organisation raise much needed funds?
Ring Brian Williams on 01905 454760