Sheffield choir’s Tour concert to go global

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A cultural celebration of Yorkshire in song will be released today - two weeks before the Tour de France arrived.

Sheffield choral group Albion helped to launch the Yorkshire Festival - the first arts festival ever to precede the Grand Départ in its 111-year history - with a gala concert at the Millennium Gallery earlier this year.

The hour long performance is being released free online today so the world can hear the choir of 80 singers.

Albion’s artistic director Fraser Wilson said: “The concert was a really spectacular way to kick off the festival, and we were delighted with how it came together so successfully.

“We had a sell-out audience at the gallery, but there will be many more people out there who love this music and will want to have a listen to what we created.”

The concert aimed to highlight the importance of singing in Yorkshire’s culture.

It featured 15 traditional songs from Britain and Ireland performed in new arrangements for choir and piano.

To download the recording visit www.albionchoir.org.uk before July 6.