Choirs in Leeds take part in musical extravaganza bringing song to England's biggest rail stations

CHOIRS in Leeds were among those bringing song to some of the country's biggest railway stations this weekend.

Lucy's Pop Choir singing Christmas carols in Leeds Railway Station

Singing groups performed at eight major railway stations, including Leeds, in a two-day musical extravaganza.

Each choir performed a set of between 20 and 45 minutes, with a different group taking over every hour from 10am to 6pm.

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The ‘100 choirs in a weekend’ initiative was organised by Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people across England, supporting them to develop personally and socially as well as musically.

Lucy's Pop Choir singing Christmas carols in Leeds Railway Station

Choirs performed at Leeds station throughout the day on Saturday, helping to raise awareness of the charity as well as raising funds.

Entertaining the crowds were the Collavoce Choir, Eurythmia Ensemble, Harrogate Theatre Choir, Lucy’s Pop Choir Leeds, Ben Rhydding Choir, Headingley Voices, String of Beads, Farsley Village Singers, Sing Your Rocks Off and the Leeds People’s Choir.

Matt Griffiths, chief executive of Youth Music, said: “100 Choirs is an amazing initiative. It’s been fantastic to see choirs and singing groups of every style and genre taking part in this national celebration and raising money to create music-making opportunities for young people who would otherwise miss out.”

Performances also took place at Kings Cross, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo in London, as well as Birmingham New Street, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly.

Several of the projects Youth Music funds showcased their skills throughout the weekend, including the Urban Vocal Group (UVG), a singing group for 11 to 25-year-olds from Portsmouth who performed at London Waterloo station.

Amba Tremain, its Director of Music, said they “sang their heart out”, adding: “100 Choirs isn’t just a really fun event; it’s good for the soul of all our singers who get involved.”