East Leeds: Soul star’s community choir performance

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Heavenly voices from a community choir led by Leeds’s Rev Chunky will take to the stage for a showcase of some of the city’s brightest musical talent.

Seacroft-based Voices of the Day will be performing with their founder and popular jazz frontman, real name Cleve Freckleton, tonight (Friday, July 15) and tomorrow (Saturday, July 16) at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in the spectacular Recipe for Life music extravaganza.

The choir was set up by Rev Chunky in 2010 thanks to support from a Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant and is based at the Church of the Ascension in Seacroft.

Rev Chunky said: “It’s an uplifting, soulful choir delivering heartfelt joyful music and having a damn good time doing it.”

The Recipe for Life event has been organised by Leeds-based arts organisation Space2, which runs arts projects with disadvantaged communities across the city.

Space2’s strategic director Dawn Fuller said: “Recipe for Life showcases the incredibly high standards that can be achieved by community groups and this is reflected in the calibre of professionals who are happy to work alongside them. With the added bonus that research shows that doing things with other people, especially performing in some way, is great for increasing happiness.”

Also performing this weekend will be Alwoodley Cluster Performance Poets, Allerton Primary Dance Group and East Arts Feast and Seacroft Film Factory alongside a host of other acts.

The event has been supported by the council, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Tickets for Recipe for Life cost £10 (£7 for concessions and groups of five or more) and can be booked at the box office on 0113 213 7700 or online at: www.wyp.org.uk

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