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Publication date:- 2017-07-04

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The UK Choir Festival Brings Unique Singing Experience to The North West

FOLLOWING the success of the 2016 event in St Albans, 'The UK Choir Festival' has announced 2 exciting events this year, the first of which will take place in Manchester, from 8 July to 9 July 2017.

The UK Choir Festival was founded in 2016 and aims to support, train and bring choirs together, allowing them to learn, develop and thrive in a truly unique way. The festival is produced by highly experienced and passionate musical director Russell Scott, who started his musical career in the London Philharmonic Choir over 20 years ago. The UK Choir Festival is designed for choirs of all abilities, age and style, ranging from local community choirs to School or University choirs, barbershop and a cappella choirs.

This year, the entrants will have the pleasure of working with a number of musical professionals throughout the workshops including Joanna Tomlinson; conductor, singer and vocal trainer, Bazil Meade; founder of the World famous London Community Gospel Choir, and Ula Weber; conductor, teacher trainer and workshop leader.

The 2 day event (8 July to 9 July 2017) will see each choir take part in a range of coaching sessions with professional coaches, alongside several chances to perform in front of an audience and receive performance feedback. For platinum members, this will also involve 1 to 1 feedback and a Q&A session with the workshop leaders, giving the groups the best opportunity to progress and grow.

The UK Choir Festival promises to be a fun, informative and exciting event that involves, both practical and method teaching with mass choral singing, demonstrations and final performances. The festival is completely unique in the way that it is non-competitive, yet offers the chance to learn new techniques, develop performance and hear top tips to allow the choirs to be the very best they can.

Speaking ahead of the event in Manchester, Russell said:- "I am so thrilled that we are expanding The UK Choir festival and bringing it Manchester this summer. In 2016, we had a vast range of choirs enter from all walks of life from across the country and many even said it helped them with struggles that they were having elsewhere in their lives, which is possibly the most rewarding part. The choirs will be coached by some of the best workshop leaders in the UK and we can't wait to see the development and improvement in the choirs as a result of attending this event!"

Location:- Manchester High School for Girls, Grangethorpe Road, Manchester, M14 6HS.

8 July to 9 July 2017.

Price:- Places for entries are slightly limited and tickets must be purchased for the entire choir, with a minimum of 4. Prices start at £29 for the Silver package and £39 for the Platinum package per day.

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British Dietetic Association supports findings of House of Lords Committee report

THE British Dietetic Association today welcomes the findings of the House of Lords Committee on the long term sustainability of the NHS. The committee makes a number of recommendations that it believes are necessary to ensure that the NHS is sustainable and free at the point of use. The British Dietetic Association, founded in 1936, is the professional association for dieticians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation's largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with almost 9,000 members. The BDA is also an active trade union.

The BDA, which submitted written evidence to the inquiry and featured within the report, supports the committee's call for GDP linked funding increases for both the NHS and social care services beyond 2020. The report also recognises the need to better support the current healthcare workforce and put in place stronger plans for the future workforce.

BDA Chief Executive Andy Burman said:- "The BDA is pleased to see that the report recognises the need for longer term thinking and planning in our health services. The NHS and Social Care need a solid and long term financial settlement. This includes better support for dietitians and other staff working within the NHS and social care, who have just received news of their sixth consecutive below inflation pay settlement. The report also recognises that a shift toward prevention is going to be vital. We know that dieticians have the skills and capability to help prevent or reduce the impact of a wide range of long term health conditions, and that 10.8% of all illness is caused by poor diet(1). Unfortunately we are instead seeing local government public health services being cut while the 'radical upgrade in prevention' promised by NHS England has failed to materialise. We hope this report will spur a change in direction."

The BDA also fully endorses the committee's call for the government to takes steps to reassure and retain overseas trained staff working in the NHS and adult social care following Brexit.

Car damaged by suspected firearms discharge

MERSEYSIDE Police are continuing to appeal for information following reports of gunshots being heard at the Junction of Condron Road North and Robinson Road, Litherland, on Sunday, 2 April 2017, at around 9.55pm. Following a search of the area, Police Officers located a Toyota car that had damage consistent with a firearms discharge.  Nobody was in the car at the time of the incident and initial enquiries have not identified anyone that was injured as a result of this incident.  An investigation is currently underway and house to house and CCTV enquiries are ongoing in the local area.  Detective Inspector Jimmy Belmar said:- "We are in the process of establishing exactly what happened and I would like to assure local residents that we will be in the community carrying out positive action during the coming days. It was reported a man described as white, aged around 25 years, with dark hair and dark clothing stepped out of a silver/grey hatchback car on Robinson Road and shot in the direction of the Toyota car which was parked on Condron Road North. The man then got back into the car and drove from Robinson Road onto Kirkstone Road North in the direction of Church Road. If anyone saw a man matching this description acting suspiciously in the area shortly before or after 10pm last night, we would ask that they contact police. Also, if anyone saw a silver hatchback in the area, we are keen to hear from them. Any information, however small it may seem, could prove vital to our enquiries. Tackling the issue of gun crime is a top priority for the whole of the force and there is extensive work going on daily, targeting those people we suspect of bringing guns onto the streets. But we need our communities to stand alongside us and give information about where guns are being stored and who is involved in gun crime. You can call our dedicated hotline or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously. Information from our communities is vital in identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice, enabling us to take people these people and their weapons off the streets."  Anyone with any information that could help the Police investigation is asked to call the 'Gun Crime Hotline' on:- 0800 230 0600 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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