Members of popular community choir Committed2Rock are taking part in a concert to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's charities.

Whitehaven Civic Hall will host the special concert on September 21, which will see Whitehaven and Keswick C2R choirs performing with West Cumbrian artists and youngsters from Rosehill Youth Theatre, as well as an audience "Big Sing!" later on.

Anne Kelly and her team of volunteers will kick off the fundraiser with an afternoon concert for residents of local care homes, with music being provided by John Marcangelo on piano, Keswick choir member Chris Knowles on guitar, and 92-year-old drummer, Bernard Coyles, who "jumped at the chance to give drumsticks an airing".

Rosehill Youth Theatre's choir will be singing a maritime medley, plus Cockney songs, classic country and pop, and are hoping their guests will join them in their sing-song.

And the day won't stop when the sun sets, as at 7.30pm the evening's entertainment will begin.

Performing in memory of his parents who suffered from the condition, Steve Smith from the Delta Geckos will be playing at the concert, along with his wife, voice coach Kath Smith, with Jayne Vincent, Julianne Kelly, Pauline Robertson and Martin Kelly from the band Avalon to follow.

In the evening's second half, C2R will be hoping to get the audience belting out crowd favourites, including songs by Status Quo, Elvis, Van Morrison, Dean Martin, Fleetwood Mac, Manfred Mann, Elbow and more.

Choir director Cath Marcangelo, who set up C2R in 2008, said: "The choir love it when people join in, and to see people enjoying themselves whilst singing along gives us all a buzz.

"So don’t hide your talent under a bushel – come and sing with friends and families, and remember you don’t have to be Pavarotti or Barbara Streisand, just have a sense of fun and a love of music!"

C2R were inspired by Vicky McClure's BBC One broadcast earlier this year, when she put together a choir of people living with Dementia and had huge success in allowing music to soothe and help with recollection.

The group has raised over £100,000 for local causes since forming 11 years ago, and community support is vital.

If you wish to help by joining this mega sing-song, which will also feature a raffle with fabulous prizes, snatch up a £10 ticket from 01946 690970 or