A Bolton choir is  back 'louder, prouder, bolder, and stronger' after an extended period of absence due to Covid and to recruit a new musical director.

Bolton Cancer Voices is set to return and the choir, formed in 2012, is reuniting under the baton of new Musical Director – Katie Geelan.

Katie is an accomplished musician, performer, and music educationalist with 30 years experience, she is well-used to wielding the baton in front of choirs and striving to get the best from them.

Karen Elliott, founder, and chair of Bolton Cancer Voices said: “This is the perfect time for people to take the plunge and join us.

“There are so many benefits to singing in a Choir be it around camaraderie or confidence building, health and well-being, new experiences, or fabulous opportunities, learning and development - but essentially - it’s just great fun!

“Cancer brings us together and the Choir enables people to connect with others who are or have been in a similar situation: what unites us is our love of singing, quest for fun, the desire to try something new or rise to a choral challenge and the sheer joy we get from entertaining an audience.

“We appreciate only too well that a cancer diagnosis can be life-changing; just as we can attest to the fact that joining a Choir can be life-enhancing – try us and see.”

In addition to their current membership, sixteen new members have already signed up to be part of the inspirational choir, whose members are all cancer patients or cancer survivors, and they are keen to attract more.

Membership of the Choir is open to anyone eighteen or over living with or beyond cancer of any type, whether newly diagnosed, in treatment, living with cancer as a chronic condition or a cancer survivor.

There are no geographical restrictions, as long as people can get to the centre of Bolton for rehearsals; they don’t need to be able to read music and there are no auditions to worry about and it is free.

Bolton Cancer Voices rehearse on Monday evenings between 7.30pm and 9pm.

For more details contact Karen on 01204 595562 / 07773 164235

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