CHESTERFIELD: Spire Choir festival draws 300 singers

Chesterfield Male Voice Choir at Chesterfield Choir Festival
Chesterfield Male Voice Choir at Chesterfield Choir Festival

“Those Little Town Blues” were not “Drifting Away” as nine choirs totalling around 300 singers lifted the spirits of town centre shoppers and blasted away the blues.

The choirs taking part in the fifth Spire Choir festival were Hasland Church Singing Group, Chesterfield Male Voice Choir, Dronfield Singers, Aurora Acapella, BeVox, Horizon Community Choir, Holmebrook Valley Singers, Carolare and Echo.

Dronfield Singers in library foyer

Dronfield Singers in library foyer

They sang in three locations in the town centre, The Pavements shopping centre, Vicar Lane arena and in the foyer and outside Chesterfield Library.

There was a wide range of styles of singing on offer, ranging from the combined accapella singers of the Aurora ladies to the pop inspired BeVox, singing to rock band backing tracks.

The day opened with a newly formed Hasland Church Singing Group in the library foyer and Chesterfield Male Voice Choir, the longest established choir in the town, sharing songs in the Pavements, while the recently formed Dronfield Singers performed in the library.

There were a number of out of town choirs taking part, including a debut performance from Echo from Leeds who performed some outstanding Brazilian rhythms and Horizon Community Choir, a very welcome return visit from the polished singing Barnsley outfit.

Carolare performing in the Chesterfield Choir Festival

Carolare performing in the Chesterfield Choir Festival

The afternoon started with Holmebrook Valley Singers who gave a wide ranging programme from African and Jewish music to light opera.

The last choir to perform were Carolare, again one of the oldest town choirs, originally formed in the 1930s, who gave a Hallelujah themed programme with rousing gospel tunes including Oh Happy Day, Down By The Riverside and Bridge Over Trouble Water.

The event was promoted by Fono Promotions, trading as Barlow Proms, who are also promoting Big Sing. This open event is taking place on Sunday, May 5, from 2pm to 4pm in Rykneld Square as part of Chesterfield Community Arts Festival. The Big Sing is open to any individual or group who wish to have a good sing with up to 200 or more like-minded singers.

NEIL JACKSON

Aurora Ladies singing in Chesterfield Choir Festival

Aurora Ladies singing in Chesterfield Choir Festival