LEIGH Community Choir rejoiced with 50 other choirs at a national festival last month.

The Street Choirs Festival was hosted in Manchester where groups sang across the city centre before an evening concert was held at The Royal Northern College of Music.

They were given a warm welcome by former Leigh MP Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, before the "Choir of a Thousand Voices", which all the choirs took part in, was held in Cathedral Gardens.

The Street Choir Festival was set up 35 years ago by workers and singers who took to the streets to sing as part of a protest during the 1980s.

It is described as an "annual celebration of the joy, the power and fellowship of singing".

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Leigh Community Choir members at the festival

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A Leigh Community Choir member outside The Royal Northern College of Music ahead of the evening concert

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Andy Burnham speaking at the event

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Leigh Community Choir musical director Carrie Morrow said: "We are proud to have represented our local area at a national festival.

"One of the songs we chose to perform in the evening concert was ‘Lean On Me’, which we sang at Pennington Hall Park at the Leigh Remembers Manchester’ event in May.

"It is a song of solidarity in difficult times."

The choir rehearses at the Turnpike, above Leigh Library, on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm.

It is a non-auditioning choir singing unaccompanied songs in three and four-part harmony.

New members are welcome to go along for free. They held their first session after the summer break yesterday, Wednesday.