A STOURPORT jazz orchestra will bid a fond farewell to its long-serving vocalist after its traditional Christmas show later this month.

Garry Holloway will sing his final notes for the West Midland Light Orchestra (WMLO) at their Christmas concerts, which will be held at the Hallmark Stourport Manor Hotel on December 11.

The vocalist has decided to leave the group after many years appearing in their concerts and shows.

Orchestra chairman Richard Woodhead said Garry would be sorely missed, having entertained WMLO audiences as well as those who attended the musicals he performed in with local amateur societies.

Mr Woodhead said: “We always enjoy our Christmas At Home concert – it has a special atmosphere.

“However, at this concert we say a fond farewell to our regular singer, Garry Holloway. No-one who has seen and experienced his energetic rendition of New York New York will ever forget it.

“Garry has been with us for many years and will be sorely missed.”

At their Christmas show, WMLO will be playing a selection of classics old and new in its own unique style.

As well as Garry, they will also feature seasoned jazz singer Linda Angelis and student singer Aimee Attwood, who sang for the first time with WMLO in the summer. The ticket price is £7 on the door.

Mr Woodhead added: “Audiences can expect an evening of exuberant music, coupled with urbane, witty and informative repartee from their master of ceremonies, Peter Tomlinson.”

He also said they are looking to hear from prospective players to join WMLO – in particular those who play violins, violas and French horns.

For more information, people can visit the Orchestra’s website at www.wmlo.org.uk