Albion choir lift their voices to the nation

Albion help to launch the 2014 Yorkshire Festival at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery. Credit: Andrew Stepan

Albion help to launch the 2014 Yorkshire Festival at Sheffield's Millennium Gallery. Credit: Andrew Stepan

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Local choir Albion, who celebrate their third anniversary next month, continue to reach for the stars – and this weekend they will appear on BBC national radio for the first time.

The group have become well known in the region for singing new versions of traditional music.

Last March they helped to open the Yorkshire Festival at the Millennium Gallery, featuring 100 singers, and in October they sang underground at Peak Cavern, Castleton.

This Sunday they get the chance to tell the world about their story so far, as bass Andy Throssell presents the Meet My Choir feature on BBC Radio 3’s long-running The Choir programme.

Andy, a teacher, divemaster and consultant, says listeners will hear some of Albion’s songs plus him introducing the choir and what they do. He recorded his part of the programme here in Sheffield, and the BBC have combined it with tracks from the choir’s CD, These Islands.

Some of the group’s songs have local connections, including Scarborough Fair. And many of them have been completely written from scratch in the last few years by local composer and musical director Fraser Wilson.

Albion’s appearance on BBC Radio 3 can be heard this Sunday from 4pm (90-93 FM, online, & on digital). Later in 2015 they will perform in Barlow, Wirksworth, Sheffield, the English Music Festival, and the Buxton Fringe.