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HACKNESS Ladies Choir, making its third appearance at South Cliff Methodist Church next Monday, has some new recruits in its ranks.

Ralph Earwicker took over as conductor last September; pianist Frank James is the new accompanist; and there are three new choristers.

The changes took place following the retirement of Monica Daniel, the choir’s conductor and accompanist for many years.

Ralph, 54, is a leadership development manager for an energy company.

No stranger to conducting choirs, he also heads a male voice choir and a mixed choir.

He explains: “I moved to Silpho two years ago and on learning the Hackness Ladies were looking for a replacement conductor I offered my services.

“It’s the first all-female choir I have taken on and this will be our fourth concert together. We are blessed to have someone of Frank James’ talents as accompanist - his wife Griselda is one of the members.

“I’m looking forward to my first visit to South Cliff – I’ve looked it up on the church’s website and it looks a stunning venue”.

The choir will perform a mixture of music to suit all tastes including gospel, African tunes, ballads, George Gershwin’s Summertime, plus a couple of readings and solo spots.

Monday’s show is due to start at 7.45pm.