About Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir
We are a choir of about 60 voices, in 3 sections – Soprano 1, Soprano 2 and Alto. Members are of a range of ages and from various walks of life. We come from Chapel-en-le-Frith, and Buxton and the surrounding area – as far away as Macclesfield, and from villages all around. We are a friendly group and if you are new to the area, joining us is a good way of making friends, although at the moment we have a waiting list.
We perform a varied programme. Works by John Rutter and Howard Goodall. Songs from the shows and favourites from the pop, jazz and world music repertoires. We perform 4 or 5 concerts a year and we also take part in other events such as carol singing and special celebrations.
Our Musical Director
Our Musical Director is Dorian Kelly. He is currently the musical director of Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir, Saddleworth Male Voice Choir and the Halifax Cube Choir. He also works as an examiner for Edexcel (Music Technology) and Trinity College London (Rock & Pop syllabus), as well as a brass teacher for Hope Bank Works and Bradford Music Service (including working with groups of hearing impaired children).
Furthermore, in 2010 Dorian returned to studying and completed an ALCM (Composition) in 2011. This was followed by an LLCM (Composition) in 2012, as an external student with the London College of Music. During this time Dorian composed numerous choral works (SATB, SSA & TTBB). Also ensemble arrangements and several music-based educational resources, which are published on his own web site www.modalmusic.biz
Our Accompanist is Jane Simmons. Alongside nearly 40 years of private teaching, Jane taught keyboard, clarinet and piano at Chapel Primary School for ten years.
She then moved on to Chapel High School to teach music to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 children.
While at the High School, Jane also took part and was heavily involved in the organisation of concerts and musicals, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Grease and Annie.
Jane joined Chapel Ladies Choir in 2006 and plays at all our rehearsals and concerts.
Our president is Hilary Batterbee. Hilary has been a lifelong resident in Chapel-en-le-Frith parish. Moreover, President of the Ladies Choir for 4 years. Now retired from her working life as a Chartered Surveyor. She is a member of Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council and associated with a number of local charities.
Joining the choir
You’re welcome to join us on every Monday evening during the season. The season runs from September to July. Rehearsals start at 7.45 pm and finish at 9.45 pm. We can be found at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall. There is no audition, just come in and see if you would like to sing with us.
However, if you’d prefer to contact the secretary before hand to let us know you will be coming (See the contact details below).
Booking the choir
If you would like us to sing for you at a concert or other special occasion, whether formal or informal, please contact us.
Address: (For Rehearsals)
Secretary: Margaret Cooper
Tel: 01298 814015
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