Talented trio to dazzle at Shottle Hall

A TRIO of Duffield singers from the choir sensations DaleDiva will perform some of the best-loved Christmas carols at a venue near Belper this Sunday, November 27.

Belinda Leicester, Julia Taylor and Louise Winfield will give the Christmas classics an Andrews Sisters-style makeover when they appear as the trio Jubelous at Shottle Hall.

Their appearance draws to a close a whirlwind few months for the three singers, who this year joined the ranks of Cromford-based barbershop choir DaleDiva, the winners of the 2010 national talent show Don’t Stop Believing.

The 40-strong outfit have themselves had a hectic 12 months following last year’s triumph, which was screened on Channel Five, with performances all around the country.

Julia, Belinda and Louise, who all live in Duffield, have already performed a number of dates with the choir, including its end-of-year show at Derby Theatre and at Loughborough University for Children in Need, live on BBC1, last Friday.

Further dates await them in Manchester and Sheffield, with many more performances pencilled in around the UK next year.

For now, the trio are looking forward to reuniting as Jubelous, which they formed three years ago and allows them to indulge themselves by singing well-known songs in the 1940s close-harmony style.

Belinda, a talented musician who used to play the piano to entertain Sunday diners at Shottle Hall, said: “Appearing as Jubelous means we get to enjoy the best of both worlds. With Dale Diva, we do big, glam a-cappella arrangements, with Jubelous we appear with a pianist and a double bass, so we’re a more intimate, rounded musical act.

“Appearing at Shottle Hall will be a lot of fun. We will be singing traditional carols and also some more traditional Andrews Sister songs, and I will be playing the piano at various points in the day too.”

A host of stalls selling jewellery, beauty products, food and other Christmas gift ideas, will be at the event, which is free to visit and opens at 11am.