A CHOIR which was forced to close down during the numerous Covid-19 lockdowns will be making its return to concerts later this month.

The Oswestry Ladies Choir will be performing at The Venue – in Park Hall – on Sunday, June 26 after missing out on concerts for the last two years.

A spokesman for choir said they are looking forward to making a much-awaited return, alongside a trio of musicians, and hoped to see a big audience for their return.

They said: "For many, singing is the ideal activity during times of stress and difficulty but for many choirs in Britain during the several lockdowns singing was banned and choirs were silenced.

"Two years later choirs are reforming and once again are bringing music to the public.

"Oswestry Ladies Choir, a vibrant and versatile local choir, will be performing for the first time in two years at the Venue.

"This will be a lively toe-tapping sound from “Nidaros Jazz Mass “and “Jazz Songs of Innocence” both by Bob Chilcott, one of Britain’s most popular composers living today set to words by William Blake.

"A trio of musicians will accompany the choir as well as the resident pianist/accompanist Elizabeth Dobson.

"Joining the choir with their uplifting, swinging sound will be Jeffrey Matthews (saxophone) and Paul Sawtell (jazz piano).

"The concert at the Venue will be in the afternoon of Sunday, June 26 at 3pm.

"Refreshments are available before and after the performance."

Tickets for adults are £8 (children under 16 free) and can be obtained from choir members, the Venue, on the door or by calling 01691 654802.

Or head to the Oswestry Ladies Choir website www.oswestryladieschoir.com, or email oslchoir@outlook.com