Choir hoping new album will be a hit

Backworth Male Voice Choir and (insert) musical director Andrew Mair.
Backworth Male Voice Choir and (insert) musical director Andrew Mair.

A popular choir with links to the region’s mining heritage have just finished recording a new album.

Backworth Male Voice Choir, which formed 1951, is to release a new album entitled Northumbria and Beyond.

The album is a collection of 15 songs that includes many traditional choral songs such as the Collier’s Requiem, Northumbria and Bobby Shafto.

The choir’s musical director Andrew Mair, 23, said: “Northumbria and Beyond is a showcase of traditional local songs and a number from further afield – several with links to the choir’s mining heritage.

“We’ve been performing many of these over the past couple of years at concerts within the north east, the north of England and across Europe.

“It felt like a good time to bring these together as a collection and we’re very proud of the final result.”

Backworth Male Voice choir currently has more than 60 members and performs extensively in the north east and beyond, supporting charity initiatives as well as performing alongside some of the region’s finest instrumental and choral ensembles and soloists.

The choir’s distinctive badge, which appears on the new album cover, represents the heritage of the choir.

It displays a colliery winding wheel, a miner’s lamp and waves as a reminder of the choir’s closeness to the sea.

The choir meets every Wednesday between 7.30pm and 9.30pm at St Hilda’s Church in Stanton Road, North Shields.

For more information about Backworth Male Voice Choir or to purchase a copy of the album at £6 visit www.backworthchoir.co.uk or contact (0191) 237 6049.