Todmorden's Three Valleys Gospel Choir raises £3,400 for Ukraine

Todmorden's Three Valleys Gospel Choir raised an astonishing £3,400 to help the war-torn people of Ukraine with an emotional afternoon of song at the town's iconic Unitarian Church.

By A Kellett
Friday, 10th June 2022, 8:21 am
Todmorden choir raises £3,400 for Ukraine. Picture credit: Thirdman Productions.
Todmorden choir raises £3,400 for Ukraine. Picture credit: Thirdman Productions.

Choirs from across the Calder Valley sang in front of a packed audience, who were entertained, uplifted and moved by groups including the Todmorden Choral Society, Vocal Highs and Calder Valley Voices.

The afternoon ended in a mass sing of a beautiful Ukrainian lullaby, which touched the hearts of a bumper crowd featuring new town mayor Liz Thorpe.

A mountain of homemade cakes were sold to accompany the wonderful sounds, with donations added to ticket sales to produce an extraordinary final total.

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Three Valleys musical director Marie Claire Breen worked tirelessly to organise the event and was amazed by the response.

"Three Valleys Gospel Choir were privileged to host this fund-raising event showcasing the wealth of singing talent we have in the Calder Valley. Whilst watching this unjust conflict unfold we were moved to raise our voices in song for those who are affected by this war," she said.

"Music is a universal language and can bring a real sense of comfort and solace in the face of adversity. We sincerely hope the efforts of all our singing groups could offer support and solidarity to those who need it the most."