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This report was received by the Ladies Choir

 after our recent successful concert in Bocholt :



‘Following the concert at the Brauhaus on 6 May 2012, a report in the local newspaper listed the nine participating choirs, but said nothing about the individual performances.


Two days later, there was a letter in the newspaper praising the outstanding performance of the Rossendale Choirs.  A translation of the letter follows:


“I quite agree with your opinion – a very successful concert.  This general assessment, however, ignores the outstanding performance of the choirs from Rossendale.  Individually, as Ladies’ and Men’s Choirs, and then equally convincing when they made their joint entrance with a supremely good performance.


With remarkable precision and vocal brilliance, they presented a mixed programme which included different styles from Mendelssohn to the Beatles.


The happy and cheerful conductor, Kate Shipway, communicated the joy and pleasure in the music from the singers to the audience – which was unstinting in its applause.


Bravo, Rossendale!!


Wilhelm Kösters



Taken form "Readers' Letters".  Rossendale Free Press 3rd May 2013


Choirs were out of this world


It was early evening on a sunny Spring Saturday.  I pressed the TV record button for Britain’s Got Talent and my wife and I set off up the Valley.


Arriving half an hour early at Haslingden’s gem, St Peter’s, parking was already scarce and raised our anticipation as we entered the packed church.  I heard a pin drop as guest choir Sine Nomine took the stage and what followed in the next few hours will live long in the memories of those fortunate enough to be there.  Rossendale Male Voice Choir and Rossendale Ladles Choir both conducted by Kate Shipway, showed us why they are amongst the best in the country and one of the Valley’s great treasures.


The feast of choral music left us in awe of the talent in our midst.  From pieces by Holst, Britten and Vaughan Williams to The Beatles, African Trilogy and Drunken Sailor.  From Hallelujah, Psalm 23 & O Lux Beata to Sing a Song of Sixpence, Harry & The Gas Man Cometh.  This was a repertoire with something for everyone.

The finale, ‘Dance to Your Daddy’ with all three choirs brought an encore and standing ovation from a spellbound audience.


A great big thank you to all involved in creating a remarkable evening and from an old Rossendalian exiled in Bury to those who missed it, commiserations and press the record button next time, Rossendale’s Got More Talent!


Graham Hollows


Beatrice Wade

Memorial Concert

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Re: Concert at Blackburn Cathedral with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band.

Saturday 4th February 2017


Email Message received:  


I attended the concert at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday and congratulate your choir on a wonderful performance, also the enthusiastic conductor who clearly loves what he does.

Your ladies all looked very smart and sang with such passion and enthusiasm.


A moving performance in a wonderful setting you held the audience in your hands and brought great joy to everyone, thank you and good luck with your competing.

Ribble Valaley Music Festival

Saturday 8 April 2017


Extract from email message received from the organisers of the festival


The Rossendale Ladies Choir were great and Il Destino did us proud. Once again the artists gave their all for us.

When they came together with their combined uplifting version of Nessun Dorma – well that was the icing on the cake.  

The feedback has been astounding and astonishing. It seems that everyone had a fantastic night,

Ribble Valley Music Festival 2017

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September 2017, St Mary's Chamers Rawtenstall with Stacksteads Brass Band

Email Message :


Hi Karen. We came up from Northwich in Cheshire to last nights event at St Mary's, having heard that it would be worth the trip. It was that and much more! We had one of our most memorable evenings, in a very long time. Great venue, wonderful choral and musical sounds, and we even won a raffle prize! Many, many thanks. Elaine and Phil.

September 2017, St Mary's Chamers Rawtenstall with Stacksteads Brass Band


Wanted to drop you a line to say how much I enjoyed the ladies' singing at last night's concert. I really enjoyed the programme that Matthew had picked and the singing was of the usual high standard. You all looked lovely too in your new matching tops and jewellery combo! Unfortunately I had to leave before the end to catch my bus but I would appreciate it if you would please pass on my congratulations to Matthew and the rest of the choir.


Hope to see you all again soon.


Best wishes,



Rossendale Ladies Choir - ‘A Great Sister Act!’

Christ Church welcomed over 30 members of the Rossendale Ladies Choir for their 16th edition of Music in the Afternoon on Sunday May 12th. Having delighted audiences for over 40 years in Concerts, Festivals and various fund raising events both at home and abroad, they did not disappoint those who gathered to hear their singing and help support Christian Aid Week.

Under the enthusiastic leadership and training of Matthew Thomas and stylish accompaniments of David Carlston Williams, the ladies demonstrated not only their excellent choral skills, but also their passion for, and their enjoyment of choral singing.

What a musical feast they presented. All impressively sung from memory, their preparation and disciplined training was evident from the start as they put on their summer hats and swayed ‘Under the Boardwalk’. They continued with strong unison, well blended rich harmonies and good clear diction in songs such as ‘Hushabye Mountain’ and ‘Mister Sandman’. The dynamic range was used to great effect and well controlled with all eyes fixed on Matthew. Labi Siffre’s poignant song ‘Something inside So Strong’ was a highlight and very moving.

During a well earned vocal break, John and Carol Spencer led a reflection on the work of Christian Aid, with it’s focus this year, on Mothers and Babies in Sierra Leone. This connected well with the Methodist Lancashire District Partnership which has a team of which John Spencer is one. Over the last 10 years, they have visited and worked alongside the Church in Sierra Leone.

The concert then continued with more confident performances ranging from the gentle ‘Fields of Gold’ to Carole King’s timeless ‘You’ve Got a Friend’. Spanning the centuries the audience was treated to a beautiful and moving polyphonic composition ‘Domine Non Sum Dignus’ (Lord, I am not worthy, but only say the word and I shall be healed’) It was a delight to hear good unaccompanied singing.  The programme presented a variety of choral items, which could only perhaps have been enhanced by perhaps a piano solo from their talented accompanist, or maybe a vocal solo or two. Following Rutter’s ‘Clare Benediction’, the concert ended with a 2nd rendition from ‘Sister Act’. Following ‘My Guy’ from the first half; Lisa’s delightful opening solo, grew into a truly ‘Joyful Joyful’ finale to an uplifting and enlightening afternoon .

                                                                                                           Carol Rose