THERE will be more than a touch of poignancy when talented young conductor Alex Chisholm-Loxley presents an evening of ‘Music Through the Ages’ in St Cuthbert's Chapel at Ushaw, on Thursday, 4 July.

Alex will be remembering the founder of the 30-strong choir, and Development Director of Ushaw, Roger Kelly, whose recent, untimely death has shocked everyone who knew and worked with him.

The popular choir will be singing a repertoire that takes a musical tour from the 1500s to date, and includes: Tallis - If ye love me; Bach - Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring; Mozart - Ave Verum Corpus; Stanford - The Blue Bird; Lauridsen - O Nata Lux, and Whittaker - The Seal Lullaby.

Alex, who has been Director of the Ushaw Chapel Choir since its inception in 2017, has also taken on Roger’s mantel as Director of Crook and Weardale Choral Society, where he previously held the role of Deputy Conductor.

The Chapel Choir is keen to recruit new members, and anyone interested in auditioning should contact Ushaw.

The free performance of ‘Music Through the Ages’ will start at 7.30pm, and there will be a retiring collection.