Following a meeting at Burnley Town Hall in May 1920, the Town Clerk was instructed to place adverts in the local press inviting vocalists to join a new Municipal Choir, and encouraging all Choir Masters in town, of which there would be many at the time, to furnish the names of singers who were suitable and willing to join this new enterprise. 91 applications from singers were received.

A Mr Dan Duxbury JP was appointed Chorus Master, and Mr Harold Lever the accompanist. The first concert was held at the Palace on Sunday December 26th 1920, and according to the programme there were 101 singers.

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