FUNDRAISING supergroup The Southsea Alternative Choir is playing its annual Christmas concert next weekend.
The eight-piece, made up of musicians from various local bands, began life in 2010, busking to raise money for a young lad with cerebral palsy. Drawing on pop hits from the ’60s onwards, the group has become a popular live draw.
They have since raised thousands of pounds for a variety of charities and have become fixtures at Victorious Festival, typically playing several sets over the course of each weekend, during which they have bucket collections circulate in the crowd.
However, this year, the group were left unable to play three of their six scheduled sets at the festival when the inclement weather forced several stages to be abandoned on its final day.
Vocalist Jim Lines said: ‘This year we’re raising money for the local branch of Active Communities Network, a charity which supports disadvantaged young people in the Havant and Portsmouth areas with acquiring new skills to boost their prospects.
‘But our rained-off trio of sets during the Sunday of Victorious resulted in TSAC raising fewer shillings than previous summers so we hope to help make up for it with a big crowd at The Wedge.
‘We’ve been freshening up the set with lots of new material – from The Verve to The Supremes to a festive classic from the '80s. In addition to our new recruit Dan Waldren on piano, we’ll also have a few local faces augmenting our sound during the evening.’
They play the Albert Road, Southsea venue on Saturday, December 15, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each. Call the box office on (023) 9286 3911, or go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk.