Streets are alive with the sound of music

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Chesterfield resounded with the voices of dozens of singers as the town hosted its third choir festival.

The Spire Choir festival was the opening event in the Barlow Proms season, which finishes with a gala on Barlow recreation ground this Saturday, June 18.

Centred on the town centre, the choral festival opened with The Carolare Choir singing in New Square. Carolare is part of the Barlow festival chorus and took the opportunity to try out a number of items to be performed in the proms.

Chesterfield Male Voice Choir opened at the library and Holymoorside Choral Society, making a welcome debut at the festival, opened in the Vicar Lane arena.

Holmebrook Valley Singers were next to sing in the library where they aired a varied programme of songs.

Next to perform in Vicar Lane was Mixed Blessings, from Derby, the first of the visiting choirs.

Also from out of town was Tideswell Male Voice Choir, making its third visit to the festival, which opened its performances in New Square.

The midday slot in New Square was filled by Aurora Ladies Acapella Choir, at the same time as a girls choir from Brookfield School sang in Vicar Lane.

Two choirs new to the festival, Wyns Tor Singers from Winster and Chesterfield Cooperative Choral Society, opened up the afternoon performances, Both were under the direction of Len Weller, with Barnsley based Kingston Community Choir making their second visit to the town.

The choirs put on a total of 25 performances all around the town. Audiences were entertained by a wide range of diverse styles of choral singing, from the music in the traditional choral style from Holymoorside and Chesterfield Co-operative to acapella from Aurora Ladies, with modern day bop and swing from Kingsley. Wyn Tor provided small choir singing with perfect harmonies, Holmebrook Valley a mixture of comedy and harmonica-accompanied tunes, the male voice element being provided by Chesterfield and Tideswell.

Brookfield School, being the only school choir, brought in youthful girls voices. Mixed Blessings provided a varied programme.

The Carolare Choir finished its selection with a rousing Gospel version of Oh Happy Day, this number summing up an a festival which was enjoyed by more than 300 singers and musicians as well as hundreds of visitors to the town centre.

The fourth Spire Choir festival is planned for May 2012 and the organisers are inviting any choirs who would like to perform to call (01246) 207269.