A NATIONALLY-RECOGNISED choir is set to perform in the district.

Voices of Hope will be performing at St Mary’s Church in Ponteland on Saturday.

The group shot to fame in 2016, when they were named the winners of the BBC National Choir of the Year competition.

The following year, the North-East based choir competed as finalists in the European-wide competition, Let the Peoples Sing in Helsinki.

The concert, organised by the Parish of Ponteland, is being held in aid of Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for deaf people.

The parish’s publicity officer, June Atkinson, explained how she managed to book Voices of Hope for the concert.

She said: “I volunteer for guide dogs for the blind and we have so many people in the area who are puppy walkers or guide dog trainers. We had a similar concert a couple of years ago, so I put the feelers out again.

“I contacted Simon Davies-Fidler, the choir’s music director, to ask if he would consider doing a concert for guide dogs.

“It turns out he’s already involved and has a black lab, so he said he would be delighted.”

The concert begins at 7.30pm on Saturday, with tickets available from fair trade ticket site brownpapertickets.com or through the parish centre office.