Rhuddlan choir help record the Alarm's latest album


Matt Jones

A RHUDDLAN community choir will feature on the new album by rock band the Alarm.

Acquire recorded backing vocals for several tracks on the Declaration 2014 with the band's lead singer Mike Peters of Dyserth and collaborator Steve Allan Jones.

The pair transformed Acquire's rehearsal premises in Ebeneser Chapel Hall into a makeshift recording studio to record vocals for a number of songs, including the famous 68 Guns.

Leslie Churchill Ward, Acquire's musical director said: "This was a huge honour for everyone in Acquire.

"What a gift it was for us to be able to work with these local legends.

"It was such a fun, positive experience. Mike and Steve were very down-to-earth and we all had lots of laughs throughout the evening. An evening not to be forgotten."

The album revisits The Alarm's Declaration album which was released 30 years ago this week.

Peters, co-founder of the Love Hope Strength Foundation, said: "I had an instinct to include a gospel choir.

“I wanted a sound to represent the soul of the audience who have lived every word on Declaration and whose singing is a huge part of every show The Alarm play.

"Once I heard Acquire sing Blaze of Glory I knew the album was going to be something beyond what I had dared hope for."

Acquire was formed three and a half years ago and has performed in private and public performances throughout North Wales.

The choir has raised several thousand pounds for various charities and organisations including St Kentigern Hospice, St Asaph Mayor's Flood Relief Fund, Vale of Clwyd MIND, and others.

Declaration 2014 is on sale now.

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