A Sheffield community choir’s annual show will have a baby theme – after six members gave birth in the last year.
Singers in Glee Bah Gum are busy preparing for their Divas and Icons show at Queens Road Social Club, on Saturday.
However, they will be missing a vital component in musical director Lizzie Yoxall, who has given birth to son, Joseph, just a week before the big day.
Lizzie, of Malin Bridge, said: “Our annual October show is the highlight of the year for Glee Bah Gum.
“Together we choose a theme and work for months to perfect the songs’ harmonies and dance routines, so you can imagine the surprise when I informed the choir I might not be able to conduct them this year, but with my baby due only eight days before the concert date it was just too uncertain.
“However, the choir has really come together with lots of members volunteering to become ‘emergency conductors’ and learning to conduct individual songs just in case I can’t make it on the night.”
Baby Love, by The Supremes, is among the songs which will be performed by the choir, which rehearses at Church on the Corner, Buchanan Road, Southey Green, every Monday.
Other artists due to feature include Madonna, Billy Joel, The Beatles and Sheffield’s own Pulp.
Lizzie said: “Since the choir started in 2011, we have had seven babies born among the 30 members and six of those have been in the last 12 months.
“When I was choosing songs for our Divas and Icons of music-themed concert and the choir members requested a song by Diana Ross, I had to choose Baby Love.
“How could I not with so many tiny ‘gleeks’ accompanying their mums to rehearsals?”
Glee Bah Gum has been going from strength to strength since it started in 2011 and the ages of its members now span five decades.