A Solihull couple will have a wedding anniversary to remember when they perform the song they walked down the aisle to 20 years ago – in front of hundreds of people.
Sarah and David Nankivell, who are part of the Unlimited Voices choir, will be performing the Bryan Adams’ hit Everything I Do, at Birmingham Town Hall on February 1.
The performance will be particularly special for David, who joined the choir to help with his speech after suffering with Cleft Lip and Palate since birth.
David, 42, only joined the choir just under three months ago and already his speech has improved.
“Treatment from birth is a lot better now than it was when I was a baby,” said David, who works for National Grid.
“I had treatment until I was a teenager because that is all they could offer at the time. I started having problems later on and so had to start having treatment again.
“My treatment has come to an end now and it was recommended that I start singing. It really stretches your vocal chords and makes you pronounce every word properly. It has done wonders for my speech.”
This will be Sarah and David’s first concert together, where they will also be performing alongside Sarah’s uncle, John Keogan, who walked her down the aisle at Shirley Methodist Church 20 years ago. John and his wife Carol have been part of the choir for years and Sarah has watched many of their performances.
“It is very much a family affair,” added David, who has two children with Sarah.
“It’s great because it gives us a chance to see John and Carol. As well as being a personal achievement for me, the choir is great socially. When we found out one of the songs we would be performing would be our wedding song, we thought it would be a great way to mark our anniversary. Sarah has been great through my treatment, she has been really supportive. She has recently qualified as a teacher and she has found her true vocation – she’s great.”
A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate), or sometimes both. It occurs when separate areas of the face do not join together properly when a baby is developing during pregnancy. David is now helping to mentor others who suffer from the condition.
For tickets for the concert, where singers will be performing number one hits from the last 50 years, call 01609 889 005, or 0121 345 0603.