Choir asks for High Peak foodbank donations rather than tickets

All the donations from the Buxton Studio Choir concert.
All the donations from the Buxton Studio Choir concert.

One choir raised the rafters and gave hundreds of pounds worth of donations to a foodbank for a concert with a difference.

The Buxton Studio Choir performed their first concert at the United Reform Church and instead of charging a ticket price asked people to bring a bag of food to donate to the High Peak Foodbank.

Buxton Studio Choir's first performance.

Buxton Studio Choir's first performance.

Choir member Teresa Oxley said: “This was a fantastic event and people really got on board with the idea and from the 70 people who turned up - which is amazing for our first concert - we raised £300 in donations of food or money.”

The foodbank helps those facing food poverty but also needs supplies of basic toiletries essential like deodorant and toothpaste so a request was sent out ahead of the show to the audience members.

Teresa said: “It was such a lovely event and one I think we do again.”

Lizzy walton from the foodbank said the donations were wonderful she added: “I wanted to say a specific thank you to Janet, her choice of songs was spot on.”

After three months rehearsing the choir performed Lean on Me and Caravan of Love.

Teresa added: “We wanted people to listen to the songs and understand why we were doing this.”