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Tameside choir release Christmas single
Monday 4th December 2017 @ 07:00 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

A choir made up of talented singers from across Tameside have been getting into the festive spirit by releasing a Christmas single, which is in the British charts!

Sapphire Blue Choir are vocal fundraisers from SSAFA Tameside – the local branch of the Armed Forces charity – made up of veterans and members of the community, who have released the song called ‘Christmas Wishes’.

With Alyce Hamilton the lead singer, it was co-produced by Christina Howard and Tom Rhattigan, and recorded by Keith Halligan of Audio Face Studio.

Tom said that helping the homeless is important and he is very proud of everyone involved.

Kevin Maddox, of Hyde Rotary Club, also added: “It’s the best Christmas song I have heard. Louise Croombs, from Tameside Radio, said it’s mesmirising and Mike Sweeney, from BBC Radio Manchester, said it’s magnificent.”

Christina also hailed the efforts of one particular member of the choir.

She said: “I’d like to say a special thank you to Phil Reynolds, our brilliant Choir Master and Musical Director who brought out the best in our voices.

“He is a former West End musician and has woken our Sapphire Blue Choir up to enjoy singing. We love going to choir rehearsals and new members who never joined a choir before, who just sang in the shower or who were shy, are now suddenly singing with confidence and we are a friendly lot.”

The single is available on Amazon and iTunes to download for 79p.

The choir rehearse every Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm at St Mary’s Community Hall on Talbot Road in Newton, Hyde, with new members always welcome. For more information, you can call 07713 973640.


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Singing their heart out: (left to right) SSAFA Tameside choir members Kim Everett, Christina Howard, Jill Todd and Louise Roberts.