THE Eden Singers will be taking a look back on how the choir was established 40 years ago at concerts in the run up to Christmas.

It was established by Ron Emmerson and from small beginnings the group has grown to just under 60 voices, but currently is in need of more tenors.

The Eden Singers are well known for tackling everything from classical to more modern pieces.

Musical director John Helyer has encouraged members to step forward to do solos and small group singing.

“There is a wealth of talent within the choir and I am keen to tap into it,” said Mr Helyer.

To hear The Eden Singers at the start of their 40th year there are two opportunities. At 7.30pm on December 6 and 7 they will be performing a Christmas Concert at the Penrith Methodist Church in Wordsworth Street. Tickets are £6, available on the door or, in advance, from Styleline Hairdressers, Narrowbar Café, or Beckside Books in Penrith.

In addition to carols such as In the Bleak Midwinter and Silent Night, the programme will include God Bless Us Everyone (from Disney’s Christmas Carol), December Child, The Little Road to Bethlehem and The first Noel/Pachelbel’s Canon.

For more details about the choir visit or find them on Facebook.