The choir formed in 2012 for the BBC TV programme “Sing While You Work” is to give a concert in Edington in October.
The Royal Mail Choir was set up by Gareth Malone and is made up of postmen and women, delivery office, mail centre staff and managers from the Bristol area. Since its formation, the choir has gone from strength-to-strength performing across the country and internationally, in order to support and promote various charities, including Prostate Cancer UK for which it has raised over £50,000.
The choir is now directed by professional conductor David Ogden, and with him at the helm they have a busy schedule of concerts. They have performed at a range of venues from village halls around the country to the Birmingham NEC, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and in the Colston Hall and St Georges in Bristol. In September 2013 they sang at the PostEurop 20th Anniversary celebrations in Brussels.
In 2012 the choir joined forces with X Factor winner, Joe McElderry, to raise money for charity, by releasing a single in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Abide with Me was the first professional recording by the choir and reached the top 10 in the Amazon Download chart. In September 2013 the choir recorded the Beatles classic All You Need Is Love in Abbey Road Studios, London for the Royal Mail ‘We love parcels’ TV advert.
The concert will take place in Edington Priory Church on Sunday 5th October, commencing at 4pm. The programme will include arrangements of spirituals, gospel hits and songs and, as part of the concert, members of the choir will entertain the audience with stories of their TV experiences.
Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Stroke Association, the Royal Mail’s charity of the year for 2014.