Crunch time for choir facing axe after 40 years

The Priory Singers with ex-musical director 'Malcolm Grief. ENGANL00120111022093730
The Priory Singers with ex-musical director 'Malcolm Grief. ENGANL00120111022093730
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A Spalding-based choir that has raised about £50,000 for charity could have sung its last note unless some new members can be found.

The Priory Singers, formed in 1974 as a church choir, is at risk of breaking up for good after the resignation of musical director Malcolm Grief.

A lack of members and range of voices is thought to be behind the decision and a meeting to decide the choir’s future is to be held at Spalding United Reformed Church, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding on Thursday May 15 at 7.30pm.

Priory Singers secretary Jacqueline Kemp said: “We’re basically an ageing choir and over the last few years, we’ve struggled to get enough of the right singers to put on a reasonable concert that people can sit and listen to.

“Malcolm Grief is the one who initiated the Priory Singers in 1974 when it grew out of Spalding United Reformed Church Choir.

“It was known until very recently as the South Lincolnshire United Chorale and we have raised somewhere in the region of £50,000 from our December concerts for the CLIC Sargent cancer charity for children, young people and their families.

“The meeting is to find out whether there’s anyone willing to take over from Malcolm and to discuss the choir’s future.”