Choir hits the right note with judges

Werca's Folk women's choir .
Werca's Folk women's choir .
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A MORPETH-BASED women’s choir was pitch perfect to win a prestigious regional competition.

Werca’s Folk was successful in Let’s Get Lyrical, a new event to find St Oswald’s Choir of the Year.

The group beat Heaton Voices, Longbenton Community College Choir, Newcastle College Musical Theatre Ensemble, Tyneside Ladies Barbershop Chorus and Backworth Male Voice Choir in the final at Newcastle City Hall.

The finalists were judged by John Forsyth, Conductor and Musical Director of the Cleveland Philharmonic Choir, Mark Anyan, General Manager for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and Barry Hyde, lead singer with The Futureheads.

Werca’s Folk Musical Director Sandra Kerr said: “We are delighted to have won, but it really was just the icing on the cake as we already had a fantastic day.

“Let’s Get Lyrical is a fabulous idea and it’s really shown what’s going on in the region, but what we really hope is that it’s made a difference to St Oswald’s.”

The Let’s Get Lyrical competition raised an impressive £10,000 for St Oswald’s, which offers hospice care for adults, young people and children with progressive, life-limiting conditions.