Ikley church choirs unite for charity CD

Wharfedale Observer: Youngsters from the Cant and Dec St Margaret’s Church choir singing for the charity CD Youngsters from the Cant and Dec St Margaret’s Church choir singing for the charity CD

While most of Ilkley’s residents were still rubbing the sleep from their eyes on a recent Saturday morning, 70 of St Margaret’s best singers were in church warming up their vocal chords with the aim of producing a fundraising CD.

By sunset, eight hours later, The Power of Music, a professionally-recorded disc, a mixture of secular and sacred music, was complete.

The idea of vicar’s wife Sue Gray, the project brought together the church’s three choirs – the seniors, SMS (the senior girls) and Cant and Dec, the 30-strong, fast-growing group which gives youngsters their first experience of harmonising.

One of the young singers said: “Recording this CD was very exciting and I’m really proud of it.”

The CD costs £8, and is available from the church now.

Contact the parish administrator on (01943) 607015 for a copy. Contact Sue Gray on (01943) 607210 or e-mail cantanddec@gmail.com for information about joining the choir.

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