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Cheshire 999 choir ready for final sing-off

Published date: 19 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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THE Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service choir has reached the final of The Choir: Sing While You Work.

The Cheshire Fire and Rescue service choir was formed especially for the BBC programme.

Rehearsal time was mainly during leave and shifts had to be swapped to help accommodate practise. This didn’t stop bells and sirens from interrupting though.

Sarah Dawnford-May, of Cheshire Fire and Rescue, said: “Support for the services, principal officers and peers is great. We are very proud and the buzz and excitement around the place has been amazing and it has been a team building experience.

“Importantly it has enabled us to demonstrate the way a modern fire and rescue service is run.”

Auditions were held by Gareth Malone who selected members on musical merit alone from all aspects of the force from operational instructors to a volunteer drill ground instructor with the cadets.

The members had varying levels of ability and few had taken part in a choir before the show.

Like previous Choir contestants, the Cheshire Fire and Rescue service is considering releasing a charity single. But for now they are concentrating on the BBC contest.

They have sung a couple of hard-hitting songs on the show that could be considered, including Bruce Springstein’s The Rising – given to the choir to sing by Gareth Malone.

The Rising is Springstein’s tribute to the brave firefighters that helped in the aftermath of 9/11.

Residents can see how the Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service fare in the contest on BBC2, Sunday at 9pm.

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