Introducing the Carnegie Hall FireChoir!

The Cheshire FireChoir has been working tirelessly to put on a top performance at the world's top concert hall, Carnegie Hall, so who are they?

The FireChoir is made up of four different sections. There are the Sopranos, the glass breakers of the group who hit the high notes. Then there are the Altos that form the female 'voice' of the choir. We have five Tenors, with two female and three male singers in the section who blend the sound, with, finally, the Bass section which makes up the low/deep male voices. We're particularly fortunate to have an extra deep voice in this section, owned by Station Manager Gareth Scott.

Meet the Cheshire fire Choir

So, without further ado, please welcome the Cheshire FireChoir in New York:


  • Lisa Morris from Stockport who is a Control Operator at North West Fire Control

  • Claire Moores from Macclesfield, a Community Safety Officer

  • Fiona Owen from Middlewich who is a Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Volunteer

  • Emily Flanagan from Runcorn, a Control Operator at North West Fire Control

  • Michelle Dalton from Widnes, a Prince's Trust Team Leader


  • Gwyn Williams from Widnes, a Control Operator at North West Fire Control

  • Louise McMahon from Connahs Quay who is an Advocate

  • Jayne Nixon from Kelsall.  Jayne is a CFRS solicitor

  • Lorraine Page from Wilmslow who is Locality Safety Manager for Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington

  • Nicky Whittall from Crewe, the Service Community Resources Coordinator


  • Sue Cleaver from Crewe who is a Family Case Worker

  • Helen Oulton from St Helens, a Control Operator at North West Fire Control

  • Gus O'Rourke from Warrington, Area Manager

  • Matt Lloyd from Bollington, a firefighter at Macclesfield

  • Dan Selby from Macclesfield, on-call firefighter at Macclesfield


  • Tom Daniels from Middlewich, ICT Analyst

  • Phil Marke from Macclesfield, Watch Manager at Macclesfield Fire Station

  • Maurice McBride from Northwich, independent Cheshire Fire Authority member

  • Steve Flanagan from Widnes, a Station Manager (retd)

  • Gareth Scott from Wrexham, a Station Manager

Musical Director for the FireChoir is the extremely talented Ruairi Edwards. We got to know Ruairi, from Lichfield, during the filming of Sing While You Work - he played keyboards throughout the filming - and invited him to be our MD. He has been with us ever since and is our lynchpin, mentor, guiding light and all round star! Ruairi will be singing with the Tenor section at Carnegie Hall.

And last, but by no means least, is our Pianist Wendy Dolby. Wendy, from Middlewich. Wendy is a professional pianist and piano teacher extraordinaire. She will also be singing with the choir at Carnegie Hall in the Alto section.

Last updated: Tuesday 23 February 2016

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Ruairi and WendyThe AltosThe Bass sectionThe SopranosThe Tenors


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