On song for cancer charity

Last year's Men United in Song.

Last year's Men United in Song.

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Following its phenomenal success last year, Men United in Song is back for 2017, once again raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

Launching in April, the project will sign up a minimum of 40 local men with a range of previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 15 weeks for a charity concert on Saturday, July 22.

“Two children and a reactive role at work make for little time to switch off, down tools and do something for myself,” says Matthew Johnson, who participated in the project last year. “After weeks driving past countless banners advertising Men United in Song I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. Suddenly I had a hobby, I’d met some great friends and drunk far more beers that I’d ever imagined. Performing on stage at the Broadway Theatre was a really memorable experience!”

“There are very few years that you describe as life changing but 2016 has definitely been one of them,” Jack Grover adds.

“Even if going to rehearsal was the last thing I felt like doing on the walk back from work, as soon as we started the warm-up those stresses just disappeared; music is so good for the soul”.

Men United in Song is not all about the singing, or even about the fundraising, there’s a fantastic social scene too. Ultimately the project is about a group of men getting together in a shared enterprise.

Will Prideaux, director of the project, says: “It’s a real privilege to work with such a cracking bunch of blokes. They take their music making as seriously as their socialising. There’s a real camaraderie among them and a tight-knit aspect to the group makes them a force to be reckoned with”.

Men United in Song kicks off with introduction sessions at the Broadway on March 29, 30 and 31 (7-9pm).

For further information call 01733 425194 or email info@peterboroughmvchoir.org.uk