Cottontown comes to Clitheroe town

Cotton Town Chorus who will perform at the ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)
Cotton Town Chorus who will perform at the ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)

A 50-strong gold medal winning Barbershop Chorus will make their debut at a fundraising event in the Ribble Valley.

Following their competition success and performance appeal on world stages throughout Germany and America and at British venues including the London Palladium, Cottontown Chorus will perform as part of the Ribble Valley Music Festival.

The chorus, who are 2016 UK Champions of B.A.B.S. (British Association of Barbershop Singers), the highest accolade in the UK for the sixth time in recent years, represented Britain in the 2014 International Championships to an audience of over 10,000 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

They were also officially voted amongst the top 20% of Barbershop Choirs in the world.

Cottontown Chorus will perform at St Mary’s Centre in Clitheroe on Saturday, July 2nd, as part of the

increasingly-popular Ribble Valley Music Festival, singing a varied and highly entertaining repertoire, showcasing their dynamic choreography and actions along with versatile vocal arrangements and perfect harmony that bring the songs alive to provide an exceptional evening’s entertainment.

Neil Firth, Musical Director of The Cottontown Chorus, said: “What surprises people when they hear a top chorus nowadays is the beautiful choral quality of the sound and the emotional power that it delivers. That’s achieved through a high level of technical skill and a lot of hard work.

“We’ve heard many good things about the Ribble Valley Music Festival and we’re really pleased to be a part of it this year. We hope to offer something a little different and we’re sure the audience will go away having been thoroughly entertained.”

Special guest artists will include jazz legend Eric Ainsworth and rising soprano Scarlett Reynolds.

Advance tickets (£10) are advisable and can be obtained from St Mary’s Centre each weekday morning, from Roy Porter Butchers in Chatburn, or by calling 01200 422828 or 01254 384893. The bar will be open and all proceeds will be donated to St Mary’s Church.