Choirs deliver Christmas cheer for Ark

Christmas spirit and marvellous music was all around as two choirs delivered a festive boost for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Tadley Singers and Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir (BHMVC) teamed up to perform a wonderful Christmas Concert to a packed audience at Pamber Heath Memorial Hall.

Both choirs have provided great support to Ark's £5million appeal that will fund supportive care and services, complementary therapies, and provide an enhanced environment in a much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital.

Once again, the audience and choirs were generous in their support for the raffle and retiring collection, resulting in £1,122 being raised for Ark.

Mark Jones, thanked everyone for their superb support, and gave an update on the progress of the charity appeal and the cancer treatment centre project.

"We have been treated to another afternoon of marvellous music from both choirs, and everyone at Ark is so grateful to the choirs and audience for their kind and generous support," said Mark.

A festive feast of wide-ranging seasonal songs showcased the talents of both choirs, who performed individually and together during the two-hour concert on Sunday, December 8.

The choirs were led by musical directors Dai Ogborn, Margaret Brackenborough, and Hazel O'Leary, and Paul Wright and Michael Kenning were the accompanists. 

Tadley Singers formed in 2010 and has grown from 34 eager individuals to become a 96-strong community choir, which has raised more than £20,000 for local charities, resulting in them winning the 2018 Tadley Good Citizen Award.

BHMVC began in March 2011 with just eight members. Today, it has 35-plus members and it has become a highly-acclaimed choir. Like Tadley Singers, BHMVC have raised thousands of pounds for local good causes, and they have made a massive difference to Ark Cancer Centre Charity, performing a series of fundraising concerts over the last five years.