MEMBERS of an over-50s singing group in Botley will be stepping into the limelight in a music event for Age UK.

Performers from the Let’s Sing weekly daytime group will get a chance to perform at The Sheldonian, in Broad Street, next year as part of an Oxfordshire-wide initiative The Voyage Choir.

Community singing leader Emily Marshall said they will be taking rehearsals “a bit more seriously” ahead of the concert on March 18.

She said: “The Let’s Sing group is an opportunity for people over 50 to meet new people and enjoy all the health benefits that singing and being part of a group can bring.

“But a few of our members will in the 50-strong choir next year.”

Meg Mallalieu, 79, said: “I joined the group about a year ago just for a giggle, and we certainly have plenty of those. But it is also about companionship and getting to be part of the community as well. There is something about Emily. She is the most fabulous of teachers. She gets us to learn songs we have never heard before and then after an hour we’re all singing together in harmony.

“She’s also managed to get us involved in the Voyage project, which is absolutely wonderful.

“We went to the BBC last June and had the first bite of it there and it is just fantastic – there is something about being part of a big group.”

Let’s Sing meets every Wednesday at West Oxford Community Centre in Botley Road from 2pm to 3pm.