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Storm Callum fails to stop Eden singers’ celebrating 10th anniversary

Middle Eden Voices at their concert last year at St Andrew’s Church, Penrith.

Storm Callum may have closed roads and caused power cuts, however it is not stopping the Middle Eden Voices community choir celebrating their 10th anniversary who have rescheduled their concert for next Saturday, 3 November,

The Cumbrian community choir were due to give their 10th anniversary with a concert at Cliburn Village hall on Saturday, 13 October – at the height of the storm in county. With roads flooded and cars abandoned on the roads to the village, choir director Barbara Gilbertson had to postpone the celebration.

Former members had travelled from across the country to attend the concert – and they will he heading up to Cumbria again this week to be part of the year of celebrations, including special guests’ singers Eliza Gutteridge and Jessica Harper.

Eliza sang with the original choir and her fellow The Voice contestant Jessica will be singing at the concert which starts at 7.30pm.

Barbara said: “We were determined the show must go on after making the decision to postpone the concert. We had set the hall up ready for the concert, yet the drive home made it quite clear it was too dangerous to have singers and our audience drive that night, and I made the decision to cancel for that night.

“However I am so proud of Middle Eden Voices, who had rallied around to ensure we could reschedule for next Saturday. And I am so pleased some of the original members of the children’s choir, which was the start of Middle Eden Voices will still be able to attend this weekend.

“The original combined primary schools’ choir including children from Bolton, Long Marton, Milburn, Asby, Temple Sowerby and Crosby Ravensworth schools and they sang together for World Hospice Day on Saturday 6 October 2007 at Penrith Methodist Church.

“The children continued to sing together on Monday evenings at Long Marton School, where we invited their parents to join the choir and Middle Eden Voices was born.

“Middle Eden Voices held their first concert in Cliburn Village Hall the following April. In the past 10 years’ the choir has gone from strength to strength, singing for weddings, birthday parties, charity fundraisers, showcasing young local talent – and even a singing flash mob for wedding anniversary. We have raised funds for local charities, Jigsaw, North Air Ambulance Hospice at Home and Guide Dogs for the Blind.”

Barbara added: “Old members are very welcome to come and join us for our special 10th anniversary concert on Saturday 3 November at Cliburn Village Hall, particularly the original children singers from Young Eden Voices.”

A limited number of tickets are still available for Saturday’s concert – and you can buy your ticket for for £8 from Barbara on 07713 488565, [email protected], via her website More information is available on the Middle Eden Choir and Barbara Gilbertson Musician Facebook pages.

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