RUTH Boyd, the musical director of the new Flixton Community Choir was thrilled when their ‘world premiere’ at St Michael’s C of E Primary School during Flixton Folk Festival was a success.

“The hall was full,” said Ruth, 40.

Although they only charged £3 per ticket, the concert, accompanied by Kirsten Lucas, raised £244 for Francis House Children’s Hospice.

Their extract from Joseph proved so popular that the school have asked them to sing all eight songs again at their Michaelmas Fair on September 27.

Once again, 10-year-old George Bailey will be Joseph and, once again, he’ll wear a truly amazing dream coat.

It was made by younger members of St Michael’s Mothers Union, known as MU@8, including Ruth herself.

It features material cut outs of their ‘helping’ hands.

This choir is different from others in that it consists of,not only 20 women, but 10 children, including the eldest of Ruth’s three girls, seven-year-old Evelyn.

“There are also four men,” said Ruth.

“We are always on the look-out for more.”

“Our choir is for everyone, with or without singing experience. We don’t expect people to read music. It is singing for fun.”

The next full concert will be a Christmas one at St Michael’s School on December 2.

The choir have already decided to sing Jingle Bells and I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas.

Would-be singers should come along to the school for the first one hour Tuesday rehearsal at 7.30pm on October 28 or telephone Ruth on 0161 613 1472.