A MORPETH choir is on song for success after reaching the final of a regional charity competition.
Werca’s Folk Choir, which meets in the town for rehearsals every Thursday, pitched its talents against 17 other groups in the Let’s Get Lyrical contest for St Oswald’s Hospice.
And judges at the Castlegate in Newcastle last week were suitably impressed with its performance to send the women’s group through as one of six finalists.
Now members will battle it out for the title of St Oswald’s Choir of the Year at Newcastle City Hall next month.
Werca’s Folk Director Sandra Kerr said: “The overall standard of the choirs who took part in the festival was extremely high and we are delighted to be taking the stage alongside the best in the region.
“We are also delighted to be supporting the hospice, which is a cause very dear to our members.”
The choirs were judged by an esteemed panel of experts, including Cleveland Philharmonic Choir Conductor and Musical Director John Forsyth, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain General Manager Mark Anyan and lead singer of The Futureheads Barry Hyde.
Other groups making it through were Heaton Voices, Longbenton Community College Choir, Newcastle College Musical Theatre Ensemble, Tyneside Ladies Barbershop Chorus and Backworth Male Voice Choir.
St Oswald’s Community Fund-raiser Jennie Evans said: “Our choir festival was a brilliant event — the standard of choirs taking part was extremely high and there was a great atmosphere.
“Huge thanks to our judging panel and to each and every choir taking part.
“We are now very excited for the finale where we’ll be treated to some guest performances, as well as all six choirs singing together in a one-off spectacular.”
The final takes place on Saturday, March 5. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Newcastle City Hall Box Office on 0191 261 2606. All proceeds will go to St Oswald’s Hospice.