The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service choir is a step closer to reaching its fundraising target to perform at Ground Zero in New York following an appearance at Cheshire Oaks.
Members of the choir, which was formed for the BBC TV series ‘The Choir: Sing While You Work’, will travel to the Big Apple in February.
It will perform its signature song ‘The Rising’ at the Ground Zero Memorial Plaza in tribute to the 343 firefighters who died in the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers.
The song, written by Bruce Springsteen, tells the story of a firefighter who was inside one of the towers on that fateful day and realises he isn’t going to survive.
Choir members have been raising money for flights and accommodation and will be taking leave to undertake the trip in their own time. Their target is £8,000.
Gus O’Rourke, head of operational policy and assurance in the fire service and a tenor in the choir, said: “The events of that fateful day in September 2001 had a profound effect on all of us in the UK fire and rescue service. Performing ‘The Rising’ is our way of never forgetting our colleagues in America and to be able to perform it at Ground Zero will be a most moving and poignant experience.”
While in New York the choir has also been invited to sing in a special concert at the world-famous Carnegie Hall where they will be performing Paul Mealor’s ‘Stabat Mater’. Carnegie Hall is home to music of all types with memorable stage performances from the likes of the Beatles, Judy Garland, Glenn Miller, the Rolling Stones, Shirley Bassey and many, many more.
Chairman of the choir Stephen Flanagan said: “We are extremely grateful to Cheshire Oaks for allowing us to sing there.
“We are raising money to enable us to travel to New York where we will be performing at Carnegie Hall and, particularly poignant for us, at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
“To be able to sing our signature song in honour of the emergency service personnel who died that day at Ground Zero will be especially moving.”