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Fundraising choir concert

A Leicester choir is getting their singing voices ready for a charity concert, which is raising money for LOROS Hospice, just a few months after one of their longest serving members died there.

Leicester City Male Voice Choir are among a handful of local choirs who will be performing at this year's One Voice For Care at De Montfort Hall, on October 10th, conducted by Edgars Cuzinskis.

And this year's event will have an extra special place in their heart after 74-year-old David Bowley died at the Groby Road Hospice in May.

"David lived for his music, his life was singing," said Treasurer of the group and good friend of David's, Peter Copeland.

"He was a vital member of the choir and he was determined to be at this year's concert – even if he wasn't singing, he wanted to watch - but sadly that wasn't to be."

Father-of-three David, of Earl Shilton, who had been a member of the choir for around 20 years, was first diagnosed with prostate cancer three years ago.

Just before Christmas last year, David was told the cancer had spread. He now has a form of bone cancer and was given the heart-breaking news that it was terminal.

"It's hard to think that this time three years ago – the last time we held this concert at De Montfort Hall – David was singing right next to me," added Peter.

"He was an absolute joy to be around and I for one will find it very hard to sing without him, it's going to be emotional."

The event, which will also be raising money for fellow Leicestershire charities Rainbows and Hope Against Cancer, will see dozens of choir members coming together to raise money for charity.

The packed musical programme includes performers The Military Wives Choir, from Chilwell, the Fron Male Voice Choir from Pontypidd, Wales plus the Midlands-based Massed Male Voice Choir.

David's wife, Barbara Bowley, said: "David's passion was singing. He was always singing; he was even singing in his bed when he was at LOROS."

David went into the Hospice in April, 10 days before he died on 4th May.

"David did a lot for the choir and he has supported LOROS for years, so I know he will be at the concert in spirit, singing his heart out," added 73-year-old Barbara, who had been married to David for 48 years.

"LOROS is a fantastic place. It's almost fitting that the concert is helping to raise money for them."

Tickets for the event, which is being compered by BBC Radio Leicester presenters David Andrews and Monica Winfield, are now on sale at £10, £15, £20 or £25 from the De Montfort Hall Box Office on (0116) 233 3111 or www.demontforthall.co.uk.

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