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We were delighted to be invited to sing at the Alzheimer's Society Christmas Carol Concert on 10th December in the beautiful Sheffield Cathedral

Minerva sang a selection of Christmas songs for the sell out audience.  Check out our Facebook page to see videos of this event. Minerva Chorus on Facebook

 

Concert at Storrs Road Methodist Church 16th November with Katy Strudwick's young musicians

Successful World Record Attempt for Children in Need 7th November at Crucible Theatre Sheffield

Concert with Ireland Colliery Band at St John's Church Walton 5th October

Singing in Chesterfield Library 29th June

Concert 16th June at Chesterfield Library as part of the Andrew Marples lunchtime concert programme.

 

Saturday 23rd March - Concert with Minerva Chorus and Katy Strudwick Flute Ensemble.

Saturday 9th March 2019 at Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel as part of the Andrew Marples lunchtime concert programme.

 

Minerva performed some of their new repertoire items - Danny Boy, 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) and Scarborough Fair to a very appreciative audience.

Saturday 8th December - Rose Hill URC Chesterfield - with Phoenix Concert Band

 

Saturday  November 17th - Chesterfield Library with Finest Hour and 4 on Demand

 

Saturday October 20th– Staveley Speedwell Rooms – 7.30pm   Concert with Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band and Bella Siempre - listen to our ensemble performance of Danny Boy click here

 

 

photo Helen Rowan

16th June 2018 Spring Concert at St John's Church, Walton Back Lane along with students of Katie Strudwick to raise funds for the Friends of Somersall Park

 

Photo Helen Rowan

 

24th March 2018 a concert at Holymoorside URC Church

 

17 March 2018 Concert at Elder Yard Unitarian Chapel in Chesterfield

 

On 3rd December 2017 we performed a medley of winter songs, and a few Christmas carols with family, friends and invited guests at the Staveley Centre.

 

photo Andrew Allport

11th November 2017 concert at St Peter's Church, Holymoorside 'A Time to Remember', an evening of reflections and remembrance celebrated in word and song.

 

2nd July 2017 we sang for family, friends and invited guests at Holymoorside Village Hall

26th November 2016  Winter Mixture, a concert of seasonal songs and readings, as part of Holymoorside Arts Festival.

photo Andrew Allport

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Chorus News

 Support the appeal for a new piano for Chesterfield Library

Donate to the JustGiving page here

Celebration and renewal - a letter from Andrew Marples

Since 1990 anyone has been able to come along and listen to a high-quality Saturday lunchtime concert in Chesterfield Library Theatre. I co-founded them to provide musical performances that were free of charge and at a time of day when transport wouldn't be an issue. All the concerts are organised voluntarily and they run solely on audience donations. No funding of any sort is received. They are well-supported with an average of 100 people coming along each week. I organise 16 concerts a year and have done this for 30 years. To celebrate this, and to ensure the series can continue well into the future, I am raising £9,000 to buy a replacement for the worn-out grand piano in the Theatre.

The piano is used in 80% all of the lunchtime concerts and is a vital community resource - many other groups use it for their events too. Over the years I estimate almost 450 Saturday lunchtime concerts have been performed of every style (classical recitals, choir concerts, jazz sessions, folk groups, orchestras, young performers platforms, etc) using over 5,000 musicians and listened to by close to 50,000 people. They are truly community events and a cultural lifeline for so many people and especially the older generation. Most of the performers are local (within 50 miles) and many have been several times, as they enjoy the experience so much. I have personally performed as pianist, singer or conductor in at least 120 concerts as well as dealing with all the administration and attending physically running every concert. The piano is the centre-piece of the concerts and we can only continue if we have a new instrument. The funds have to be raised by public donations. Please donate to this appeal and secure free music for the future - come to a concert if you are in the area and see what it's all about. Find details of the concerts in Chesterfield library or online at: www.visitchesterfield.info

We are officially Guinness World Record holders!

Caroline, Sue, Linda, Anne, Lynne and Catherine took part in the Guinness World record attempt at relay singing, on 7th November at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

Along with 384 Sheffield schoolchildren and other local choirs we successfully set the world record for  the number of people in a singing relay (one word each person, singing four songs).

All in aid of Children in Need.

 £1,070 raised for Derbyshire Stroke Centre

 Some members of Minerva Chorus and Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Brass Band  presenting a cheque for £1,070 to the Derbyshire Stroke Centre.

Vacancy - Musical Director

 Sadly Nigel Williams our much loved Musical Director has left us recently.

We are now on the search to find someone to fill his shoes.

If you or anyone you know is passionate about a capella, with experience of directing a chorus and looking for a new challenge please get in touch via our website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 We are delighted to welcome new Chorus Members  Mandy, Gilly, Bec and Helen

  

We have added some new audio clips of our reportoire onto the About Us page here's a taster -

Somewhere over the rainbow

 

We are currently welcoming applications from potential new members, however successful applicants may be placed on a waiting list if we have enough people already singing in that voice part.

Please complete the form on the Contact Us page if you would like to join, or ask us anything about our chorus.

History

The inaugural rehearsal of Minerva Chorus took place at Wadshelf Village Hall in September 2015.

See our calendar pages for details of our forthcoming concerts in 2020

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