AN ELLESMERE Port choir have been given a cash boost from the BBC to fund a project celebrating the town’s history.
Following a successful bid for funding, The Fireflies have been granted almost £7,000 from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, which will go toward commissioning a specially written piece of music honouring the history and life of Ellesmere Port.
The project is a partnership between Chester composer Matt Baker, community theatre company Theatre in the Quarter and writer Janys Chambers.
Fireflies, led by musical director Georgina West, will work with local choirs, schools and community groups to produce an anthem that will be performed next summer in Ellesmere Port.
The choir, which was formed in October 2009 with funding from the Big Lottery Family Arts project, is now self-funded and has grown from 25 members to 60.
Georgina said the grant was ‘fantastic’ and ‘completely unexpected’ and said: “It really is great news for us and for the people of Ellesmere Port.
“We are hoping to base the project on the people of Ellesmere Port’s life experiences in the past and present.
“We’ll be working with local schools, choirs and community groups through a series of workshops and advertising on how people can get involved.
“This is something the local community can be proud of and we’re looking at how we can create a lasting record for the town.”