Members of the Severn Trent Choir were on stage with Gareth Malone in Nottingham for the first time in four years for a special concert.
Having been triumphant in the first season of BBC’s The Choir: Sing While You Work, the ensemble from Severn Trent has sung with Malone a number of times since but last night’s concert, also featuring The Swingles, was the first time since 2014. Lisa Keen, one of the choir members who featured in the original season, said: “It was really quite emotional being back with Gareth – it all started there and it was just lovely to see him again and to be back on stage.
“We’ve seen him a few times over the years, and it’s always great to sing with him again, especially for those of us who are original members of the choir.
“What was particularly lovely was that we were called back onto stage for the encore and everyone started chanting ‘Severn Trent, Severn Trent’. Absolutely brilliant night.”
The concert was at the Theatre Royal Nottingham, with the Severn Trent Choir joining Gareth on stage to sing Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror, Avril Lavigne’s Keep Holding On, and David Bowie’s Heroes.
Over the years, the choir has sung at a variety of special events, including the Rugby Union World Cup (at the Australia v Uruguay and South Africa v Samoa games), the Godiva Festival and the Drop of Life Concert for WaterAid at the Symphony Hall.
The choir’s next concert will be at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.