Spotlight for choral group

WETHERBY Choral Society has announced this week that it is to star in a major concert next month.

The successful amateur group is joining with Harrogate-based Ashville College to sing the Requiem by Verdi in Leeds Town Hall on March 11 at 7pm.

Chairman Nick Farnell said: “It is a big event for us.

“With joining with Ashville College that way we feel it is a good opportunity to pass on to another generation the joy and thrill of choral singing.

“And in a big venue like the Town Hall it enhances the experience.”

Wetherby Choral Society, which was formed in 1975, has 120 members which will take to the stage with Ashville to provide a 200 strong choral group for Verdi’s Requiem challenging piece.

“It is a very exciting and a noisy piece,” added Nick.

“But it has lots of good tunes.”

The two organisations have performed several joint concerts and sang Verdi’s Requiem in Leeds Town Hall in 2002.

For next month’s concert, the choir will be supported by solists Samantha Hay (soprano), Karina Lucas (alto) and Matthew Kellett (bass) and the Wetherby Pro Musica Orchestra, under the direction of John Dunford.

An order form for tickets (adults £10 and pupils £5) can be obtained by phone on 01423 566358 or via the Ashville College website on