Choir conductor retires after 30 years

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A COMMUNITY choir is seeking to recruit a new musical director.

Chester-le-Street Civic Choir will bid farewell to its present conductor of 30 years, Katherine Ottosson, later this year.

Now, the search is on to find her replacement, who is needed to fill the post from January.

The 50-strong choir, which is celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year, has a repertoire which includes classical, sacred, world, musical theatre and modern genres.

It was founded in 1964 by William Henderson at the request of the late Councillor Dorothy Riddell.

It performs three concerts each year at venues in the town and rehearses at Chester-le-Street C of E School in Pelaw on the outskirts of the town, on Tuesdays, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, from September to July.

The director is responsible for directing all rehearsals, conducting the choir at rehearsal and concerts, working with the committee, selecting music, selecting and booking soloists and accompanist, where appropriate.

Applications should be submitted to secretary Rene Cookson, at 5 Ivanhoe Terrace, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3JB, by May 16.