Choral concert to raise funds for Abbey

September 8, 2023

A choral concert exploring the development of American music will bring songs and musical genres that influenced American stage and film musicals to Selby Abbey when York choir Singphonia makes a welcome return visit on Saturday, September 9 at 7.30pm.

Singphonia, is a York-based vocal ensemble, led by Don Pears, who is renowned for his musical productions and sell-out music nights at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in York. The choir is a group of accomplished singers performing in four part harmony and the programme will include favourite hits from spirituals and songs, from the Civil War to popular songs from the 50s and 60s, from Cole Porter to Rogers & Hammerstein. Singphonia regularly raise funds for Rowntrees Theatre, churches in the York area and other charities. Proceeds from this concert are to be donated to Selby Abbey, following a hugely successful concert by the same choir last year, which raised £4500 for the Abbey, in memory of Val Crossley. Tickets are available in advance from Selby Abbey Gift Shop. Adults £13 and under-18s £10. The Abbey welcomes visitors daily from 10am to 4pm.

Singphonia, with leader Don Pears, centre, who will perform in Selby Abbey on Saturday, September 9. (31-08-191 SU)

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