A community choir hit all the right notes as they performed their first live gig.

St Mary's Hospice set up the group back in January with the singers getting to take to the stage at the Forum in Barrow on Saturday, March 30.

The choir meets up every Monday morning at the hospice's Living Well Centre and has been building up to this debut performance.

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Ange Mason, who works for the hospice's Community Hub, said: "We thought it would be good to have our first performance be a part of the Easter craft fair in aid of Furness Dyslexia support group. 

"The nerves were high but everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and we can`t wait until the next performance at Barrow Pride in May."

The Mail: The choir performed at the Forum as part of its Easter FairThe choir performed at the Forum as part of its Easter Fair (Image: St Mary's Hospice)

The choir is designed to offer the joy of group singing as well as an increased sense of wellbeing that singing brings.

"It is here for anyone in our community, you do not need to have a connection with the Hospice or an illness to join us," Ange explained.

"Our Choir Master is the fabulous Jorgie Wilson who works at South Lakes Rock School. She has been instrumental in ensuring everyone feels relaxed and welcomed and that the songs chosen are suitable for all abilities."

At the moment, around 18 people meet up each week at the centre on Duke Street, with sessions lasting from 10:30am to 11:30am.

Jorgie added: "It`s an absolute privilege to be the choir leader for such a wonderful group, and for a cause so close to my own heart.

"The choir have come such a long way already since starting in January and I`m so excited to see how we progress next!"

The hospice is hopeful that the debut gig will encourage more people to get involved.

Ange commented: "If you need a boost to start your week with a smile and a song, and you enjoy good company, in relaxed friendly atmosphere, come and join us, everyone is welcome and a warm cuppa is guaranteed."

For further information, you can speak to Ange Mason at St Marys Hospice Community Hub or phone 01229 444407.