A COMMUNITY choir who have seven groups in the Yorkshire area have scooped a prestigious award.

Love Pop Choir is a singing group for ladies who are passionate about pop. A mix of old and new pop songs, with a splash of rock and a dash of musical theatre, makes for the perfect singing cocktail. There really is music for everyone to enjoy.

Laughter is the key to the success of the choir, along with creating a relaxed, friendly environment which makes learning new songs fun and easy.

And now the success of the Yorkshire based ladies choir have been acknowledged with them being presented with the Yorkshire Prestige Award for Community Choir Of The Year 2023/24.

Choir director and founder, Lauren Elliott, and choir director, Joanne Ward, accepted the award at Hazelwood Castle.

"We are so proud to receive the award," said Lauren, "particularly as the panel deemed us winners due to the obvious joy and pleasure the choir brings to our fabulous ladies.''

Wharfedale Observer: Love Pop Choir at Ripon CathedralLove Pop Choir at Ripon Cathedral (Image: submitted)

@Love Pop Choir has seven groups in the Yorkshire area in Farsley, Cookridge, Harrogate, Saltaire, Roundhay, Otley and Ilkley, with plans to open more groups in the near future.

They currently have five choir directors and are hoping to recruit more. Anyone interested in applying for a post, should email sing@lovepopchoir.com for more information.

"My aim is to share my love and passion for music with as many people as I can in a fun, relaxed environment," added Lauren. "Currently we have around 400 ladies who sing their hearts out with us each week. We perform at numerous events throughout the year, many raising funds for charity. Christmas is an exceptionally busy time for us, singing at 24 different events this year from Ripon Cathedral to the Farsley Celtic Charity Football Match to the Horsforth Christmas Lights Switch On and many more."

If you'd like to join the fun, @Love Pop Choir are running FREE taster sessions during the week commencing January 8, 2024.

You can book your place at https://www.lovepopchoir.com/choirs for a positive start to your New Year.