Bolton Cancer Voices, the North West’s first dedicated choir for cancer patients and survivors, is celebrating five years of singing out
On 24 June the choir will take to the stage at the Victoria Hall in Bolton, accompanied by the Salford Symphony Orchestra and with guests the Affetside Choir. Five years ago Karen Elliott was watching the BBC series ‘The Choir’, when she had a lightbulb moment, to harness the power of choral singing to engage, distract and empower people undergoing cancer treatment and survivors.
We had our first rehearsal on 25 June 2012, sixteen ladies turned up and it was another eight weeks before we had our first gentleman singer. From then on we’ve provided positivity and the opportunity to sing loud and forget your worries. Our members relish the camaraderie, they don’t need to explain themselves; they are simply enjoying the power of music and song
To make this birthday event special Bolton Cancer Voices wanted to offer one hundred free tickets to the concert for anyone currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Swansway Honda Bolton, family owned and run by Boltonian businessman, Michael Smyth, stepped in and donated £1,000, enabling a hundred cancer patients to attend for free. Karen added…
I can’t thank Swansway Honda enough for supporting Bolton Cancer Voices with this donation. It’s made such a difference to this very special concert, meaning many more cancer patients can experience the power of music