Singers wanted for the Portsmouth’s big Olympic choir

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SINGERS are being urged to come forward to create a massive choir for an Olympic event.

A 30ft yacht made from donated wood – including parts of HMS Victory and Jimi Hendrix’s guitar – will visit Portsmouth in June to mark the London 2012 games.

WE ARE SAILING Yacht captain Mike Barham

WE ARE SAILING Yacht captain Mike Barham

Now organisers want to welcome the boat to the city with a 400-strong community choir made up of members of singing groups from around the area.

Sailor Mike Barham, from Gosport, is the newly-picked captain of the yacht, which is being built as part of the Olympic Boat Project.

He said: ‘The chorus sounds like a great idea.

‘It’s amazing that this project is inspiring so many different things like this everywhere it goes. I’m from Gosport so Gosport is my home port and so coming to the area is especially exciting for me.’

Organisers want to hear from established singing groups but also amateur schools and community groups.

Helen Reeve, general manager of Portsmouth Festivities, said: ‘This isn’t a posh choral experience, it’s a choir for the community.

‘I’d like everybody who is in a singing group – amateur performers, schools, even pub singers – to be part of this. I want it to be the biggest choir the south coast has ever seen.’

The boat will arrive at Gunwharf Quays on June 23.

Award-winning group VOCES8 will lead singing workshops with choirs in the run-up to the event.

For more call Helen on (023) 9268 1390 or e-mail