DESPITE the pandemic having a massive impact on live performance, one choir have at least been keeping harmonious via the magic of Zoom.

The 50-strong Bostock Singers, based in Hartford, have not let the restrictions on meeting in person cause too much disruption to their work, particular when it comes to raising funds for charity.

During the first national lockdown last year, the choir decided to produce a video of them singing the Coldplay classic, 'Fix You' which raised £1,938 for Parkinson's UK.

With the foray into virtual fundraising proving to be a huge success, the choristers returned to their screens at Christmas to create their own version of 'O, Holy Night' - this time raising just under £1,500 for St Luke's (Cheshire) Hospice.

The Winsford-based hospice, which has been providing palliative care to people since 1988, has once again been chosen as the beneficiary as the choir release another Zoom-inspired performance.

Sam Jackson, spokesman for the choir explained: "It’s been a tough time for many local groups during the pandemic, including choirs.

"Choirs are still not yet able to meet up but that has not deterred one local choir.

"Under the directorship of Nicola Howbrigg, Bostock Singers have continued to meet weekly via Zoom and rehearse.

"We normally meet at Hartford Methodist Church and perform around the county and have a chosen charity each year.

"However, no concerts have meant that the choir had to get creative with their fundraising."

For their third pandemic performance, the choir have created their own version of 'Let the River Run', a song originally written and sung by Carly Simon and featuring in the 1986 movie 'Working Girl'.

Sam added: "St Luke's offer a huge range of support from end of life care to supporting carers, and from helping children cope with grief to helping patients return to work after an illness.

"They are a charity and provide all their care for free, so they rely on the generosity and commitment of their supporters to raise more than 80 per cent of their costs.

"Bostock Singers were lucky enough to perform this together on the stage at Venue Cymru in Llandudno during the North Wales Choral Festival in 2019.

"All the technical aspects of the recording were completed within the choir by a fantastic team consisting of Nicola Howbrigg, Alison Richards and Andy Martell."

To watch the Youtube video of 'Let the River Run’ you can do so by clicking here.

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