During the life of our successful choir there have been some remarkable choral achievements, including success at the international Eisteddfod in Llangollen, festival winning choirs in the “Festival of Festivals” in Warwick, fundraising concerts in the Albert Hall, London, Christmas concerts in Manchester Cathedral and many local and national churches. We participate annually in the wonderful Rotary Christmas Concert in St Mary's Church, Rawtenstall. With the Rossendale Male Voice Choir and Black Dyke Band we have performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester raising over £30,000 for The Christie Hospital. We have had many fantastic concerts with both Brighouse and Rastrick and Second Rossendale Scout Group Brass Bands among others. We recently performed at the MACC Festival in the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. We also perform at local community venues.
Our Musical Director is the very talented Matthew Thomas and we are accompanied by our new pianist David Carlston Williams. Our patron is Alwyn Mellor of the Welsh National Opera.
We have been very fortunate over the years, to have had some eminent composers write or arrange music for us, Sailing arr. Alan Simmons, Harry arr. Michael Neaum, I Could have Danced All Night arr. Ernest Tomlinson, The Gasman Cometh arr. Peter Butterworth, O Lux Beata arr. Katy Cooper, to name but a few. Our repertoire is vast and extremely varied and ranges from traditional choral works, spirituals, folk songs, to more modern pieces such as James Bond themes, a South African protest song and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee commissioned piece “Sing”, composed by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber. We are regularly invited to perform at a variety of different venues both locally and further afield to give concerts on a paid basis and also to raise funds for charities.
The ladies choir has close musical and social links with the Rossendale Male Voice Choir. The two choirs often share the same concert platform and sometimes perform as a mixed choir when they become known as The Rossendale Festival Choir.
Above all Rossendale Ladies Choir is a family and within it we have made life-long friendships with members both past and present and have given each other comfort and support through personal highs and lows. We work hard and focus strongly on improving our singing so that we can perform well for our audiences. This builds excellent team spirit and it is good to belong to a lively group of people with a common aim.
ROSSENDALE LADIES CHOIR