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A community choir for the Eden Valley will be singing live on BBC Radio Cumbria on Sunday morning to help launch a collaboration between Radio 4, BBC Religion, Radio Darama and BBC Local Radio.
Following the success of the BBC’s The Choir series, which climaxed with a Christmas number one single for choir master Garath Malone and the Military Wives Choir, the BBC is inviting the antion to be part of a singing revolution.
Sunday is the launch of build up to The People’s Passion – Sing it with Passion. And Middle Eden Voices community choir led by Barbara Gilbertson and pianist Jane Bainbridge will be in the BBC’s Carlisle studio singing live from 8am.
This Sunday’s performance by Middle Eden Voices will include work by John Rutter.
Barbara said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to sing by Radio Cumbria and be part of this national event and very grateful to Amanda Holliday of Lakeland Music store in Penrith for the loan of the electric piano for this performance.”
Amanda said: "I was delighted to be able to help and support a local choir."
Barbara launched the community choir in 2009 after working with the Middle Eden Small Schools group, creating Young Eden Voices. She took the idea to the next level, inviting parents, secondary school students and anyone in the local community to come along to form Middle Eden Voices Choir.
Now more than 30 people of all ages meet regularly at Long Marton Community Primary School to take part in the choir which has held several successful concerts around the area.
Barbara said: “My work with groups of small schools has also highlighted how music is a catalyst to bringing people together, whatever their age. And music has a role to play in helping children reach their full potential both socially and academically.
“The Community Choir is a prime example of how singing can bring all ages together to produce a positive experience for all involved."
Middle Eden Voices meet at Long Marton Community Primary School, near Appleby, Cumbria on Wednesday evenings.
As part of The BBC People's Passion, the BBC has commissioned a brand new choral work which will be performed by choirs across the country at Easter 2012.
This nationwide premiere will unite singers in a moment of national harmony to perform this stunning new work with music composed by Sasha Johnson Manning and lyrics by the poet Michael Symmons Roberts.