Songsters swap the Albert Hall for Ripley parish church

A WORLD-renowned choir will be making its way to Ripley in May.

The International Staff Songsters are the Salvation Army’s premier choir and have performed all over the globe.

But on May 14, the choir will be performing at the All Saints’ Parish Church on Church Street, Ripley, as part of a UK tour that will also see them play at the Royal Albert Hall, in London. Envoy for the Salvation Army, in Ripley and Belper, Kevin Wibberley, urged townsfolk to grab a ticket to the event as it will be a ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to see the choir perform.

He said: “I can guarantee you that they won’t be visiting Ripley again in my lifetime. This is a real coup that we have managed to persuade them to come here.”

Tickets will cost £7 and they are available by ringing Ripley Salvation Army on 01773 741932 or by popping into England Barker Jewellers on High Street, Ripley.

Kevin said nearly 200 tickets have sold for the event already, with around 50 left.

The Songsters formed in 1980 and have more than 25 recordings, radio and television appearances to their name.

The choir, accompanied by a big band, are all volunteers from the Salvation Army and play everything from gospel songs to big show tunes.

Deputy mayor of Ripley, Ron Ashton, said: “Anything like this that comes to the town and provides a bit of culture for the people to go and enjoy is a great thing.

“I think it is a fantastic having an international group of this nature come Ripley. I will definitely be going.”