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Choir raises cash for inspirational founder

Posted on February 27 2017 at 3:15:22

Lillian and choir

Alvechurch Community Choir is hoping to attract a large audience for a special concert in aid of one of its founders.

Lillian Boutté, an internationally-renowned gospel, blues and jazz singer from New Orleans, set up the choir along with local musician Mike Genders, and the group first met in March 2009.

Lillian was a great inspiration to the members, and returned several times over the next few years to work with them.

Lillian is now unwell and back in the USA, being looked after by her family. Several of the organisations and people she has worked with are organising fundraising events across the world to support her – including a Gala Concert given by Alvechurch Community Choir.

This will take place on Saturday April 1 in Alvechurch Village Hall at 7.30pm, with all proceeds going to Lillian’s fund.

In the eight years since it began, the choir has sung all over Alve-church and beyond, at everything from wedding and funerals to Jubilee concerts and Christmas celebrations.

They also sing with residents at The Lawns and other local care homes, and support groups like Sight Concern and Life After Stroke.

The choir achieved charitable status in 2012; its organisation is called “Everybody Let’s Sing”.  The aim is to enable everyone to have the chance of singing, to share the pleasure of music and friendship and their health-giving benefits.

The choir is also committed to being part of the community, helping to keep music live locally.

Tickets priced £10 will be available from The Lounge, or on 0121 445 5957. 

Above: Lillian Boutté (left) with the choir at its inauguration in 2009.

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