Young tenor takes to stage with local male voice choir

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Patrons at Portadown Male Voice Choir will be sharing in something special on Thursday, April 9 – the early stages of tenor John Porter’s career. The young Lifford man is being tipped by the musical aficionados to make it to the very top.

He is a leading student in the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he holds the Richard Lewis/Jean Shanks Trust Scholarship. He is a student of Ryland and Davies and has attracted the support of a plethora of influential and knowledgeable backers. His accompanist will be local pianist and organist Rodney Spence.

The choir is practising hard for the eagerly-awaited annual event, under musical director Gordon Speers and with accompanist Steven Bell. They will be drawing from their extensive repertoire - even holding a special practice on Easter Monday!

The venue is Craigavon Civic Centre (7.45pm) and tickets, priced £15, are on sale from Winnie’s Newsagents of Woodhouse Street, and from choir members.

Compere is Gene Fitzpatrick, and John Porter will be accompanied by the superb local pianist/organist Rodney Spence. For more details go the choir’s website www.portadownmalevoicechoir.com