Stowmarket councillors of Mid Suffolk District Council voted recently to award a £750 grant to help fund the life-enhancing activities of a long-established choir based in the Stowmarket area.
Stowmarket Chorale rehearses every Wednesday at Chilton Primary School in the tow, and puts on three concerts a year, usually in Stowmarket’s United Reformed Church or the parish church, but sometimes at the Apex, in Bury St Edmunds, or Snape Maltings.
The choir had approached councillor Nick Gowrley with a request for help, so as to be able to keep membership subscriptions low, at only about £5 per rehearsal, and keep its concert tickets accessible.
The council’s grant will cover the cost of hiring rehearsal venues and also help with printing posters and flyers for events, including the Chorale’s forthcoming concert of Handel’s Messiah at Stowmarket Parish Church on Saturday, November 3.
The Chorale’s President is Terry Waite and both he and Mr Gowrley attended a recent “Come and Sing” day designed to attract new members to sing under the baton of the choir’s music director, Tom Appleton, who is a former member of the world-famous Monteverdi Choir.
Terry Waite took the opportunity to thank councillor Gowrley for the grant to the choir.