IT WILL be a triple celebration when the Ceramic City Choir takes to the stage for a gala concert tomorrow.
The Victoria Hall performance is being staged to help mark the choir's 70th anniversary.
However the celebratory programme has also been specially selected to kickstart the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations in the city and to fit in with London 2012 too.
"The concert will explore the inspirational and evocative power of music," says choir member and publicity officer Margaret Pointon.
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"The first part of the concert in particular is to do with themes around that.
"Then the last part is given over to celebration.
"We thought the best way to do that is with traditional, nationalistic proms-style songs."
The programme will open with Elgar's The Music Makers, Vaughan Williams's Serenade to Music and Parry's I Was Glad.
The 'vivat' parts of I Was Glad will be sung, which is unusual as they are usually only performed for a coronation ceremony.
"I Was Glad is wonderful," says Margaret. "It is going to be very stirring."
As a nod to the choir's founding fathers, the Proms finale will include a Malcolm Sargent arrangement of Rule, Britannia!
The Ceramic City Choir was first established in 1942, largely as a result of encourage- ment from the disting- uished conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent.
Today it is the area's largest choral society with more than 120 singers. Favourites such as Land Of Hope And Glory, Jerusalem will also be in the line-up, with plenty of audience participation and flag waving expected.
The National Anthem is set to bring the evening to a rousing end.
"We don't normally finish our concerts with the national anthem," says Margaret.
"But we thought it was a fitting end this year, with the jubilee and the Olympics."
Joining the choir on stage will be mezzo-soprano soloist Vanessa Williamson, soprano Elizabeth Weisberg, tenor Oliver White and bass Oliver Hunt.
The music will be courtesy of Orchestra da Camera.
"The choir members are all very excited about it," adds Margaret. "We're getting quite revved up.
"Our conductor, Oliver Neal Parker, is very good at stirring us up. He's very enthusiastic and very good at getting us going. This is very much a treble celebration."
The Ceramic City Choir will perform at The Victoria Hall, Hanley, at 7.30pm on Saturday, April 28. Tickets, priced £10 to £16 or £5 for students, are available on 01782 206000 or on the door.