Chris pleased with his dozen years in top role

Sally-Anne Woolley , Chris and Margaret Lediard.
Sally-Anne Woolley , Chris and Margaret Lediard.
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A Morpeth-based choir has had a change of leadership after previous chairman Chris Lediard decided to retire from the post.

He had 12 very busy years in the position and the changes that have taken place at the Mid-Northumberland Chorus include the establishment of choral days – conductors from outside the area come along to lead the sessions.

In addition, the group has a link with King Edward VI School and they combine together for big concerts.

Mr Lediard said: “It really is a good community choir and we’re delighted that quite a few new members have joined over the last couple of years.

“I’ve been a member of the chorus for 31 years and I enjoyed my 12 years as chairman, although our leadership is not a one-man band as there is a lovely committee who all work very hard for the benefit of the choir.

“I wish new chairman Sally-Anne Woolley and the new committee the very best for the coming years. I’m looking forward to concentrating on the enjoyment of singing in the choir.”

The Mid-Northumberland Chorus was established in 1981 by Audrey Stimpson from an earlier chamber choir conducted by Michael Doswell. It currently has 65 members.

The new chairman said: “Chris has been a wonderful chairman of the chorus and I look forward to continuing his good work. Under his leadership, we sang five concerts with KEVI, joined in several singing days and sang a repertoire of increasing complexity.

“The choir and friends of the chorus made a collection and we bought vouchers to encourage him to ‘eat, drink and be merry’ in his retirement.”