Choir’s debut show

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A special treat lies in store for music fans when Dungworth Choir makes one of its first public appearances at Stannington Story Festival this weekend.

The choir is a new project and has been assembled by local folk legend Jon Boden. Admission to the festival is free and it takes place in Stannington Park from 1.30 till 5.30 pm this Saturday September 30, with the choir taking the stage at about 3.30.

“We are all quite excited about welcoming Jon and his choir to what will be our third Stannington Story Festival,” said organiser and Stannington Library volunteer Bob Mynors.

“This year’s event is guaranteed to be bigger and better than before, and it is back in the park after happening in Knowle Top Chapel last year.”

Other local luminaries on the festival bill include prize-winning poet James Caruth whose latest collection Narrow Water is all set to be published by Salzburg University Press, and award-winning author Samantha Priestley discussing her novel A Bad Winter that was launched in Sheffield’s Rutland Hotel last week.

The purpose of Stannington Story Festival - as well as providing a great spectacle for the audience - is to mark three years of volunteer management in Stannington Library.

Meanwhile, budding singers can try their voices at singing a cappella barbershop style.

The award winning Hallmark of Harmony group is running a learn to sing group in an effort to find and develop singing talent in men of all ages.

Chorus director, Tim Briggs, said: “We know there are hundreds of men out there who have what it takes to sing in harmony and our mission is to help them discover their hidden talent.

“We welcome males ranging from school age to retirement and no experience is neccessary.

“It’s also immense fun, and we want people to share that experience.”

The course is held over six weeks, starting on October 10 at the Jesus Centre in Broomhall. Sessions free.