Choirs in Portsmouth join voices to record live charity album

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More than 300 choristers and musicians from a number of Portsmouth choirs will perform in a live recording of a charity album.

The recording, which will take place at Portsmouth’s Guildhall on September 20, at 3pm, will raise money for the Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust.

Guests will be welcomed to view this unique spectacle and witness the choirs from Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral, Portsmouth Choral Union, Portsmouth Military Wives Choir, MGC Choir and Solent Male Voice Choir record their tracks to go on the charity album.

The choirs will also join together to perform an original composition by acclaimed Royal Marine musician, James Dunlop.

The piece, entitled ‘Heroes’ Tide’, will be sung by a mass choir, and will be the showpiece of the recordings.

Mr Dunlop said: ‘Having this many local singers from such excellent Portsmouth choirs will be spectacular for music lovers from the city.

‘Each singer will aim to have an impact on those that listen, for what will surely be a very memorable occasion for the musicians and audience.’

Mr Dunlop has sent all the participating choirs the piece in advance, so they can learn how to blend their voices with hundreds of other singers and to follow his musical direction.

During the breaks in the music, D-Day veterans will introduce each choir to the audience and say a few words about their D-Day recollections.

Roger Ching, the chairperson of the Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust, said: ‘The production of the CD and live recording experience will give a real boost to our Transformation Project.

‘This will continue to honour the valour of those who took part in D-Day long into the future.’

The project is being run by organist and master of the choristers, David Price, and Portsmouth City Council’s Linda Taylor.

For more information on this unique event email Linda.taylor@portsmouthcc.gov.uk.