Ignite UK recruiting new singers

If you are dreaming of joining a women’s four-part a cappella chorus then Ignite UK would love to meet you. 

The Belper-based singers want to recruit new members and swell their current 40-strong team to around 50.

For the past month they have been running a course to let potential members have a taste of what’s involved and Ellie Reynolds, who is responsible for membership, said after the first session that they were delighted with the response.

“We had 25 women come along to see what we do and learn a new skill and hopefully some of them will consider joining us and go through the audition process,” she said.

Ignite UK was launched three years ago under the guidance of musical directors Debbie Varley and Harriet Adamson. They sing a mixture of contemporary pop and barbershop songs.

They have performed in numerous shows, charity events and at special occasions. The chorus took a bronze medal in their first competition in Ireland and have taken part in two international competitions in Cardiff and Gateshead.

They will be performing at a charity fundraiser for the Wirksworth Cancer Research UK group at Wirksworth Town Hall on Saturday, November 9. 

And they have been booked to perform at the annual Rotary Club Conference in Scarborough and the Ripley Professional Women’s Charity Dinner in October.

Ellie said: “We have a good mixture of members aged from 17-70 and that’s what makes it such an enjoyable place to be. There are obviously physical benefits to singing, but the social aspect of our choir is also very important. 

“Even though this particular course has just about finished we would still welcome anyone interested to come along to a future rehearsal and give it a go. 

“Come and hear us sing, join in with our vocal and physical warm-up, have a chat with us and enjoy a cuppa. You don’t have to read music and won’t have to sing on your own – and if you enjoy it you can take it further and audition.” 

The chorus is open to all women over the age of 16. If you are interested then in the first instance email igniteuk@yahoo.com or call Ellie on 07713 730987 to find out when you can go along.

Their rehearsal sessions are held every Thursday evening at 7.30pm, at Strutt House, Bridge Foot, in Belper. To find out more about the group go to http://www.igniteukchorus.com