Singing and mingling in store with Dalesmen

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FANCY a bit of singing and mingling?

Well, Danby’s Dalesmen Singers have the answer.

The choir is on the hunt for new members and is holding a social evening on Tuesday 17 January at 7.30pm at the Duke of Wellington, Danby.

It also has a good social scene for singers and wives or partners, including trips abroad to perform concerts and raising cash for charity with their local concerts.

One new member is recently retired head of chemistry, Phil Brown from Castleton.

He said: “It has opened up a whole new life for me. If anyone had said I would be singing in a choir when I retired, I would have found it laughable, but here I am and enjoying every minute.”

The choir has had a busy festive season with a series of carol concerts.

They included a performance at Castleton Village Hall on Sunday 11 December which raised £100 for village hall funds while a carol concert the next day with Skelton Primary School Choir at Skelton Church netted £224 in aid of Skelton Primary School and the school choir.

And a concert at Whitby’s St Hilda`s Church on 16 December proved a fitting finale as the Dalesmen Singers performed in company with the Tuesday Singers, Caedmon School Choir and a brass quintet.

A collection was held in aid of the Cardiac Unit at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

With musical director Stephen Maltby unable to conduct the choir due to injury, Andy Dyer from Castleton has stepped into the role until he has recovered.

The Dalesmen rehearse every Tuesday night at Danby Methodist Chapel from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. They started meeting again after the festive break on 3 January.

More information can be found on their website at www.dalesmensingers.net.