Imagine singing for nine hours non stop!

Well that’s what the amazing Cotswold Voices Choir did last month, at a Singathon in Oxford’s Westgate Shopping Centre.  

The choir, made up of over fifty singers aged in their twenties to seventies, performed popular rock and pop in choral harmony style to the delight of passing shoppers. 

Choir member, Sarah Nisbett from Faringdon, explained: “This is our third Singathon and we wanted to beat our previous record of singing for eight hours long. Well we smashed that and it really was amazing. 

“The audiences particularly loved the classics like ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and our Greatest Showman medley. 

We always raise money for causes close to our hearts, and this year we chose Oxford Hospitals Charity.  

My daughter Martha is a nurse who used to work in the John Radcliffe and she was always full of stories about how the charity provided important support for both patients and hospital staff, so we thought it would be a wonderful cause to raise money for. 

We’ve also realised that many of us in choir have been touched by the charity through its work in Oxfordshire’s hospitals, so we all wanted to help them continue their important work.  

We’re absolutely thrilled that through the collection on the day and the donations to our Justgiving page, we raised £9,651 

Joe Moore, musical director for the choir added:

It’s a great feeling to have done this together, as a community, for the Oxford Hospitals Charity. Throughout the day, we were astonished and grateful for the support given and to have raised the amount we have, collectively, feels incredible. As a choir, we always aim to bring happiness and make a difference - this Singathon did that. 

Thank you to all those who sang and supported this very special fundraising.