Town choir's keys to success.
The Ashington and District Male Voice Choir in Northumberland has brought in a new portable electric piano to replace an ageing keyboard which has given almost 25 years of service.
The new Roland piano has been bougrht thanks to a grant of pounds 900 from the 43 Fund of the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation.
It is easier to transport to concerts and performances, and provides a better sound quality.
The 34-member choir, which will celebrate its centenary in 2016, performs in many different venues and needs a reliable piano for accompanist Jonnathan Foster. Choir spokesman, Bob Brind, said: "We use a traditional grand piano at our rehearsals in Ashington High School but needed to replace the portable electric keyboard which we have had for nearly 25 years. It was very old and had lost a bit of its quality, as well as being very difficult to move about. "We submitted an application for a grant to the Community Foundation and they came back with a positive response. It is a recognition of how the choir has developed recently and everyone is delighted with the new instrument, which we plan to use at a concert in Felton Village Hall on November 19."