IT is ten years since Julie Parker became Urmston Choral Society’s Musical Director.

So they are celebrating with two identical concerts, one in the evening and one a matinee, to celebrate the anniversary.

Julie, who first conducted in May 2009, has included catchy songs from her first concert including Come to the Fair, Windmill in Old Amsterdam and The Keel Row.

The concerts, entitled Dabblin’ in the Dew, will also include traditional, folk and fun songs such as the Eriskay Love Lilt, Londonderry Air, How Much Is That Doggie and many more.

Julie, who lives in Stretford, studied music at the Royal Northern College of Music.

When a teenager, she sang with Urmston Choral Society and, after completing her studies, was often invited back to sing solos.

This talented lady has had a successful career as a singing teacher and belongs to several bands and choirs. She has also done voluntary work in Africa.

Julie said: “I’m delighted to work with Urmston Choral Society to develop their abilities.

“We often work on vowel sounds and clarity of consonants along with breath control and support of the voice, while learning harmonies and developing music reading skills.

“What I really love about the Choir are the individual members. There is a great ‘family’ and community feel about it and many friendships have been formed.

“When we make music together, we enjoy ourselves, have fun and release those endorphins in the brain which lift our spirits to maintain good health and wellbeing.”

* The concerts will be held at St. Clement’s Church, iStretford Road, Urmston on Wednesday, September 11 at 7.30pm, and at St. John’s Church, Irlam Road, Flixton, on Saturday, September 14, at 2.30pm.

Tickets, priced £8 (adults) and £2 (students/ children) can be purchased from Maxine Summers, 0161 748 0903.