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Rock choir raises rafters in Laxey

SEASIDE ROCK: Members of the Isle of Man Rock Choir perform at Laxey Pavillion (which uses two Ls in its spelling). PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121209 (5).

SEASIDE ROCK: Members of the Isle of Man Rock Choir perform at Laxey Pavillion (which uses two Ls in its spelling). PHOTO: John Maddrell JM121209 (5).

 

LAXEY Pavillion, in the village’s Glen Gardens, became an unlikely rock venue courtesy of the Isle of Man Rock Choir.

Members of the choir raised the rafters with a medley of popular numbers from the worlds of showbiz, popular music and the charts.

All proceeds from the concert were donated to support the Laxey and Lonan Live at Home Scheme.

Conductor Christine Barton said they started out with their first major concert at Laxey pavilion a year ago.

‘It was our first main concert after forming and we raised money for Hospice,’ she said.

‘This year we’ve performed seven concerts including one at Bushy’s on Mad Sunday night. In addition to that we did the Hospice Christmas fair and the Villa Marina as well as the Tower House and Ramsey Trinity Church. Then at Easter we were back at the Laxey pavillion.’

Mrs Barton said they sang for around one and a half hours performing such numbers as Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart as well as hits by artists as diverse as the Kings of Leon and Cher. Soloist was Carey Chung.

‘We also did Rock Around the Clock, Bohemian Rhapsody and Status Quo’s Rocking all Over the World as well as some community singing of Christmas carols with the audience.

‘We did warm up exercises with the audience and in the second half we also sang a round with them.

‘There are some good singers in Laxey!’ she said.

Mrs Barton said thanks were due to her husband Stan who acted as their roadie and sound technician, and also to Mike Swain, their accompanist for some of the numbers.

 

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