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Walsall choir's high note

By john.butterworth  |  Posted: August 25, 2013

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PELSALL Ladies Choir will be giving their largest charity concert to date, celebrating 50 years on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm in St Michael’s Church, Pelsall.

Originally formed in 1963 by Musical Director June Davenhill, this dynamic group are still going strong today, and are still being led by June. 

The celebration will be hosted by Robert Emery, a local boy who was taught at St Michael’s School, Pelsall, by June back in 1989, and who became the youngest accompanist of the choir at the age of 14. 

Robert, who after attending Blue Coat School in Walsall, moved to London in 2001 to study at the world renowned Royal College of Music. He has since gone on to tour the world with the likes of Russell Watson, conduct events such as the Military Wives live at the o2 arena for ITV, and written musicals with stars like Petula Clarke.

Robert, who is just about to begin filming for a new television series about the history of music,  said: “I am so much looking forward to returning to the place which supported the start of my career with local events like winning Walsall Young Musician of the Year.  I’m even more looking forward to returning to work with the primary school teacher, Mrs Davenhill, who inspired and encouraged me from an early age to cherish my musical ability. 

“The Pelsall Ladies Choir and its Musical Director were key to me attending the Royal College of Music.”

Robert, now aged 30, will be flying on to Taiwan after the concert to conduct in front of 20,000 people with opera superstar Russell Watson. 

June said: “Robert is even giving his performance free of charge - this is great as we could never afford to pay him!”

Over the 50 years, the choir has raised well over £50,000 for local charities.

This year the choir have chosen Heartlink, a charity set up to provide a special life support system used on young children and babies with respiratory and heart failure. 

It saved the life of the two-year-old grandson of one of the choir members. 

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