During the life of our successful choir there have been some remarkable choral achievements, including success at the international Eisteddfod in Llangollen, special selection from 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 churches. In June 2010 the Rossendale Male Voice Choir, Rossendale Ladies Choir & Black Dyke Band performed at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester raising over £30,000 for The Christie Hospital.
Our choir is privileged to have had some wonderful conductors over the years, the founder, Miss Beatrice Wade 1977 – 2007, Peter Butterworth 2007 – 2009, John Garret 2009 – 2010, Kate Shipway 2010 - 2014 and our current conductor Matthew Thomas, each and every one bringing their own individual style, repertoire and expertise.
Rossendale Ladies Choir has links with MGV Sangerbund Male Voice Choir in Bocholt Germany, and visited them in October 2010 to celebrate their 125th Anniversary, the ladies choir opened the Metzholz/Leichlingen Oktoberfest beer festival - which must have been a first for a British Ladies choir. We visited Bocholt again to sing in May 2012 to celebrate 60 years of twinning of the Bocholt and Rossendale townships.
In November 2012 we celebrated our 35th Birthday with a spectacular concert to a packed house. A glass of bubbly and birthday cake was served up during the interval and there were photographs and press cuttings dating back to 1977 on display for everyone to enjoy and reminisce with. The following week choir members celebrated with a superb dinner at a local Italian restaurant.
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.
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.
ROSSENDALE LADIES CHOIR