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Issue Date:- 1 April 2009

City choir heighten the Sense of Sound on Russell’s tour!

ONE of the UK’s leading choirs Sense of Sound mesmerised audiences at the Philharmonic Hall last night on the Liverpool leg of Russell Watson’s sell-out UK tour. The Liverpool based choir, managed by singer Jennifer John, were selected to be special guests by Russell Watson and accompany him on his national tour. Numerous standing ovations and encores took place at the end of Russell Watson’s performance with additional loud cheers going to the Sense of Sound choir.

Sense of Sound’s relationship with Russell Watson  began in 2008 when they were one of the featured choirs in prime-time BBC1 reality show 'Last Choir Standing' were the much-loved tenor was one of three judges. Sense of Sound competed against 100’s of choirs from all over the UK to gain a much coveted place in the live shows and successfully became the 6th choir standing – no mean feat for a choir whose membership includes a head teacher, an actor, a chef, scientist, a clothes store manager and a geologist.

Russell Watson said:- “I felt elated when Sense of Sound choir first sang Ave Maria with me, I have been amazed by their versatility and willingness to learn new material in such short notice, especially as it’s not their usual vocal style.”

Choir Manager and Singer Jennifer John said:- “It is an absolute thrill and delight to be invited on such a high-profile tour as Russell Watson’s.”

Sense of Sound choir members on the tour are:- Janet Ross, Victoria Bragg, Joanne Roberts, Joanne Cook, Jazamin Sinclair, Ruth Evans, Jetta John-Hartley, Joanne Head, Kimberley Roberts, Denise Harry, Jo Steel, Heather Tomlinson, Natalie James, Maria Valencia, Michael Dwyer, Matt Lammin, Jay Norton, Ogo Nkeazor, Aaron Matthews, Dave O’Grady.

Emily Barden is the vocal ensemble’s Musical Director for the tour.

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Tour dates & locations

30/03/2009 – Liverpool – Philharmonic Hall
01/04/2009 at Newcastle - City Hall
03/04/2009 at Glasgow - Clyde Auditorium
05/04/2009 at Preston - Guildhall
07/04/2009 at Sheffield - City Hall
11/04/2009 at London - Royal Albert Hall
13/04/2009 at Brighton - Dome
15/04/2009 at Bristol - Colston Hall
18/04/2009 at Bournemouth - Intl Centre
21/04/2009 at Plymouth - Pavilions
23/04/2009 at Birmingham - Symphony Hall
27/04/2009 at Salford - Lowry
28/04/2009 at Salford - Lowry

01/05/2009 at Harrogate - Centre
03/05/2009 at Llandudno - Venue Cymru
05/05/2009 at Villa Marina - Isle of Man - Royal Hall

Bains gas storage public consultation

FOLLOWING the submission of its planning application, Centrica plc, the parent company of British Gas, will this week lay out to interested parties and members of the public its plans to convert the Bains gas field, in the East Irish Sea, into a dedicated seasonal storage facility nearly one fifth the size of Rough, the UK's largest gas storage site.

Public venues:- An exhibition providing more information will be manned by key members of the Bains development team at the Forum 28 in Barrow between 10:30 and 3:30 pm on the 1 April & 2 April 2009.

Beware the April price hikes that are no joke

ON the 1 April 2009, just when people are trying to keep their heads above the rising tide of the impact from the financial problems world wide, the UK is rising its tax process again. Councils and the government are arguing that the recession is putting a massive demand on them and they require more cash to keep services going. With a 3% rise in Council Tax for an average band D property. NHS dentists are putting an extra £1 on fillings, extractions and root canal treatments. Prescription charges in England are will rise 10p from £7.10 to £7.20. Even businesses are increasing costs with the likes of Water companies say they're investing in their pipe networks, putting up prices as a result by 4.1%. BT is raising its phone line rental cost from £11.50 to £12.50 per month. Also first class stamps are set to rise from 36p to 39p, and second class from 27p to 30p. That's is not forgetting the rise in colour television licences from £139.50 to £142.50. It leaves us asking, where do these big businesses, also our government and our local councils think the cash will come from to cover these massive rises. The most important rise though for 2009/2010 tax year is the rise of petrol. This will have a massive impact on our lives. Pump prices are set to rise by 2p per litre as a fuel duty increase comes into force, which will cost the average driver more than £100 a year, for travel costs allow. Already businesses have put up prices to cover losses and the rise in other tax, now it is expected that price increases will be passed on to customers making shopping more expensive as a result. Louise Doherty, a Spokesperson for told us:- "10 price hikes that are no laughing matter. Just when we need to help people and businesses to save cash, we go and put the costs up. It will put even more pressure on families and small businesses, leading to a longer turn around of the economic recovery of the UK.   It is not all doom and gloom though as people can still act to save some cash. is the only free fuel price comparison website with reliable data and regular updates. It allows consumers to search for the cheapest stations in their area, with potential savings of 20p a litre. Also other websites can help consumers save cash as well, so the advice is use the internet more. Shop around and find the best deals."

We will hopefully be adding an audio interview later this week with Louise Doherty.  So keep an eye on here.

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