A CHOIR of firefighters who were first brought together by Bournemouth’s famous choir master Gareth Malone have their sights set on the UK single chart.

The firefighters and support staff from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will release a charity single to mark the 15th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

The choir, brought together by former Bournemouth School student Malone for the BBC series The Choir: Sing While You Work in 2013 - is donating all proceeds from its cover of Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising to The Fire Fighters Charity during the TV series, Cheshire Fire Choir won the nation’s hearts with their moving rendition of ‘The Rising’ – theSpringsteen song, written soon after 9/11, which tells the story of a firefighter in one of the towers as he comes to terms with the knowledge he will not survive.

The Rising earned Springsteen Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Male Rock Vocal Performance as well as a nomination for Song of the Year. The decision to record the song was reached in New York where Cheshire Fire Choir had been invited to take part in a concert at Carnegie Hall.

They performed The Rising at the Ground Zero memorial and they then decided to release the song as a single to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Watch Manager, Phil Marke explains: “Performing The Rising is our way of never forgetting our colleagues. The song holds a special meaning for every member of the choir as it was written in reaction to the 9/11 attack in which 343 firefighters, 60 police officers and 10 paramedics lost their lives.”

The Rising is available to download now for 79p from online stores.