Local choir Raise the Roof to perform with pop opera group Blake

A workplace choir from Telford is thrilled to have been selected to support pop opera group Blake during their UK tour.

Local choir Raise the Roof to perform with pop opera group Blake

Raise the Roof Choir, made up of employees from The Wrekin Housing Trust, will perform alongside the chart topping singers at The Place, Oakengates, on Friday 2 October.

Beverley Ashton, who’s idea it was to start the workplace choir  two and a half years ago after seeing the Gareth Malone workplace choir series, said: “We have enjoyed performing at the Trust’s Retirement Living Schemes, the Dementia Drop In Centres, various openings and Christmas and fundraising events, but this will be the biggest gig so far.  The choir are very excited and feel very lucky to have been chosen to be on the stage with Blake.”

The choir have been sent the sheet music of five songs which they have been busy practising, and have been asked to perform a number of their own choice to open the second half of the show.

The band members Blake were trained at leading classical music colleges, but have credited their unique sound to all three having sung with school and community choirs since they were children.

Shortly after gaining their first gold disc and a BRIT award in 2008, the singers decided to show their support for choirs by inviting them to join their live tour shows.  Now Raise the Roof will be part of them.

Raise the Roof were chosen after sending in a video of one of their performances.  Blake’s agent said: “Blake always enjoy working with local choirs as it’s great to meet other people who enjoy singing as much as we do.  We are never ceased to be amazed at the level of talent across the country.”

Ticket for the show cost £19 and can be bought online at www.theplacetelford.co.uk by calling the box office on 01952 382382, or in person at Oakengates Theatre or Southwater One in Telford Town Centre.