Performance will mark Alisa’s first year as MD

The Three Valleys Gospel Choir. Picture by Eric Crimmins
The Three Valleys Gospel Choir. Picture by Eric Crimmins

The Three Valleys Gospel Choir is celebrating its first year under the direction of Alisa Nicholson by hosting a special concert.

The evening of music will take place from 7.30pm on Saturday, July 13, at the Central Methodist Church, Todmorden, and will feature everything from tradition gospel/world to modern soul.

An events spokesperson said: “The concert will showcase a selection of numbers to highlight the choir’s range from familiar songs like ‘Down in the River to Pray’, to classic spirituals like ‘Encourage my Soul’ and ‘This Little Light’.

“The a cappella arrangements of some of the songs will feature soloists from the choir whose members are united by a belief that singing is for everyone.”

The harmony of the performers will be in part thanks to the Community Foundation for Calderdale, which provided the Three Valleys Gospel Choir with a year’s grant in Autumn 2012 for weekly rehearsal space.

Over the last year, the choir has performed in a variety of venues from churches to pubs and at festivals and events, both in the upper Calder Valley and beyond.

Tickets for adults, which are priced at £5 and include a savoury supper, are available at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre, Burnley Road, Todmorden.

Children can watch the performance at the venue in Bramsche Square free of charge.

For more information, contact Val Dunlop on 01706 816777 or visit

l The choir, which meets at the Methodist church on Monday evening at 7.30pm to 9.30pm is always looking for new members.

A spokesperson said: “We are a group who love singing gospel music of all sorts from spirituals to funky modern gospel grooves, gospel classics to pop/rock.

“Started in October 2008 the choir is going from strength to strength.

“We are open to anyone who enjoys singing, you don’t have to read music or have sung in a choir before, and we don’t audition!

“There is a wide range of ages involved from eight to 80.

“We are based in Todmorden but we have members from up and down our three valleys; from Clitheroe to Walsden to Halifax.

“Why not join us at the Central Methodist Church in Todmorden on a Monday evening at 7.30pm to 9.30pm, and add your voice to ours.

“We’d love to hear from you!”