Dr Who role for Norwich choir

A Norfolk choir has starred in a new episode of Doctor Who - and have treated fans in Norwich to a live performance of the song.

The Christmas episode featuring the specially-written song performed by the Poringland Singers is already available for sale on CD online and will be broadcast on BBC Radio 7 next December.

On Saturday they also performed the song live at St Peter Mancroft Church near the Forum in Norwich at a concert called A Merry Little Christmas.

More than 500 tickets were sold at �5 each, and all proceeds were donated to the charity Norwich Door to Door, which provides transport services to disabled people across the county.

The Poringland Singers were approached to take part in the radio drama by Big Finish, a company in Berkshire licensed by the BBC to create a series based on Doctor Who.

Ian Elliott, from Holt, is the musical director for the choir and also wrote the lyrics for the song.

'It's a choir of just about 60 people and we've had an interesting year,' he said.

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A Lowestoft-based composer, Jamie Robertson, working for Big Finish had first approached the group, looking for a choir to perform the song he had written for the episode.

'He was looking for a live choir and we got together with him to do some recordings for that,' said Mr Elliott.

'He composed a song which was actually in the episode and we performed.

'It's different. As a choir we do anything from what I could call classical easy-listening through to modern songs.

'There's a fun element to the music we do. Being involved in recordings and being up on stage means it's quite a wide spectrum of things we can get involved in.

'They've been making a whole series of Doctor Who episodes and this is for the Christmas special.

'They were looking for carol singing in the background and all sorts of vocal effects,' he added.

Mr Elliott said that the recording would bring in periodic rights cheques for the choir members and that taking part in more recordings would be 'something to look at'.

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