Tameside and Glossop choirs to take part in tonight’s ‘Manchester Together’ event
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 @ 11:28 by Tom Greggan
Glossop News Tameside

Choirs from across Tameside and Glossop will sing in Manchester’s Albert Square on Tuesday as the region remembers the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

The ‘Manchester Together – With One Voice’ event starts at 7pm with video messages before a short civic introduction, with the choral performance beginning at 7.30pm. A mass singalong finale will take place between 8.30-9.30pm.

Songs for the finale have been confirmed as Ariana Grande’s One Last Time, One Day Like This by Elbow, Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis and Never Forget by Take That.

The massive show of support comes a year to the day when young lives were lost when a terrorist bomb exploded at the Ariana Grande concert.

Choirs, including one made up of survivors of the attack, will include some from schools, work places, and the emergency services who rushed to the arena as reports of the atrocity came through.

The Glossop League of Ladies Choir say they are extremely proud to represent Glossop in what will be an extraordinary, emotional and memorable evening.

Others will come together in song to share the spirit of solidarity and to remember all those affected by the tragedy and to show that in the face of adversity, we all stand together.

Fifty members of Glossop League of Ladies WI Choir will join around 4,000 other singers in the Manchester Together – With One Voice event.

Choir musical director Jo Griffiths said: “Over the past year the League of Ladies choir has established itself supporting various local and charitable causes, enjoying the sense of community that brings both collectively and individually.

“We are delighted, astonished, thrilled and overall excited to have been selected to be part of the Manchester Together – With One Voice to commemorate the anniversary of the arena bomb.

“Our choir will travel into Manchester on Tuesday to join with 80 other choirs, to create a mass choir of over 4,000 voices, standing together with Manchester in a show of solidarity.

“We are extremely proud to represent Glossop in what will be an extraordinary, emotional and memorable evening.”

Tameside Voices and the SSAFA ‘Sapphire Blue’ Tameside Choir are also taking part in the Manchester Together event. They’re joining forces with Sing Littleborough and Rochdale Carers Choir, all brought together by vocal coach and choir leader, Phil Reynolds.

Tameside Voices were formed in 2013 and now have over fifty members.

“We’ll have around 80 members from across four choirs singing at the event,” Phil said. “We applied online after seeing the appeal on BBC Breakfast. One of my younger students lost her mother in the attack so this event was something we really wanted to be a part of.”

Phil’s group of choirs have been selected to take part in the early stages of the event, and will be on stage at approximately 7.45.

120 members strong and split across two stages, the choirs will perform ‘There You’ll Be’, a song written by Diane Warren and originally performed by Faith Hill for the film ‘Pearl Harbour’.

Phil will conduct the choir alongside Dan McDwyer, musical director of the Parrs Wood High School Choir. The choirs will then join in with the mass sing-a-long at 8.30.

Phil said: “We’re all honoured to take part in tonight’s event and very excited. We’ve been rehearsing like crazy for two weeks and I’m know we will produce an excellent performance.”

The SSAFA Tameside ‘Sapphire Blue’ Choir will form part of 120-strong choir at Manchester’s Albert Hall.

For those who can’t attend Albert Square, Cathedral Gardens is being used as an alternative venue, with a live screening for those wishing to watch and take part. The event will also be broadcast live on the BBC News channel and on local radio stations.

In Tameside, local schools, businesses and community groups have been marking the anniversary and remembering the twenty-two victims in their own unique ways.

At 6.30 this evening, the Mayor of Mossley, Irene Reddings, will lead a vigil on the town’s market ground to mark the anniversary.

Stalybridge is hosting a candle-lighting ceremony in Armentieres Square at 7.30. A large, metal bee, made by Tameside Welding and Fabrication, will be attached to the sundial.