The Cheshire Chord Company to perform at Llangollen Eisteddfod

PUBLISHED: 18:07 06 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:40 20 February 2013

The Chord in action

The Chord in action

Singers from Cheshire are hoping for glory when they compete in Llangollen this month<br/>Photography by John Cocks

July could be a big month for this group of singers who are hoping to strike a chord with judges at a major music festival.

They will be taking part in the Llangollen Eisteddfod where they are hoping to be crowned Choir of the World - quite an achievement given that they only started learning their new repertoire a few weeks before the curtain was due to be raised.

But the Cheshire Chord Company, who rehearse in Warrington, have set themselves pretty high standards since they were formed in the early 1990s, winning the British Championships five times and taking gold and silver medals in European competitions.

Alison Linfield joined the chorus almost 18 months ago and she said: We know there will be stiff competition at Llangollen. Our first aim is to get placed but it would be brilliant to win the barbershop category and to go on and win the Choir of the World title. It will be tough though, we know that.

The 37-strong group perform a wide variety of songs - traditional close harmonies, ballads, songs from the shows and contemporary songs - and will prepare for the eisteddfod by taking part in the second annual Chester Big Sing on July 2nd when choirs of all ages will perform in the city streets.

Alison added: I saw an a cappella group singing at Tatton Park and when I got home I started looking for one near me that I could join.

There is a real mix of people in the chorus, we have some teachers, a police officer, people who work in drama and music therapy, a restaurateur and three sets of mothers and daughters. Our youngest member at the moment is 17 but we have a couple of 14-year-olds going through the audition process. Its a very friendly thing, theres no Simon Cowells here.

The print version of this article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Cheshire Life

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