DaleDiva date for Belper Church

DaleDiva8ARTSBEAT MUSIC: Award-winning Derbyshire female choir DaleDiva will be taking their delightful harmonies to the idyllic setting of Christ Church in Belper, on Friday  April 26.

Formed in the autumn of 2007 the “Divas” have made several appearances on TV and radio shows including BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year, and Channel 5’s “Don’t Stop Believing”, which they won against stiff nationwide competition.

Musical director, Ally Law explained, “Starting the DaleDiva has been one of the highlights of my life so far.

“I love the fact that I’m able to empower women with confidence and a new ‘Diva’ attitude. I’m so proud of the way we improve, the experiences we share and of friendships that will last a lifetime.

“DaleDiva is all about sharing the journey – and I don’t ever want it to end.”

Ally had followed in her mum Brenda and Aunty Beryl’s barbershop footsteps singing with them in Derby Ladies chorus since she was 11 and carried on when she later left home and moved south by joining Bedford-based Phoenix.

When Ally moved back to her native Derbyshire in 2007  she was kept busy starting her own plumbing business – but was also keen to get singing again and meet some new friends.

So she launched her appeal “Wanted – women who sing!” in the Matlock Mercury and other local newspapers and with a poster campaign in and around Cromford where she lived.

The venue was hired and the date set and on a cold, wet night in November Ally, her mum, Aunty B and some friends from Phoenix, of which Ally was still a member, anxiously waited to see if anyone would turn up. And they did!

More than 80 apprehensive but enthusiastic women of all ages arrived and settled down to let Ally introduce them to the amazing world of four-part harmony singing.

By the time they left that evening they’d learned how to sing “Da Doo Ron Ron” in four-part harmony – and DaleDiva was born.

DaleDiva’s varied and adventurous arrangements of songs never cease to amaze their audiences, and their vibrant performances are a joy to see.

Tickets are £12 available from the Ticket Hotline 01773 853428.  Early bird booking advised.