Belper women’s pop choir looking for new members

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Aspiring singers are being invited to audition for Derbyshire’s newest women’s chorus, with an open evening coming up to find out more.

Ignite UK currently has 41 members and potential new recruits are now being invited to go along to meet the chorus, take part in a physical and vocal warm-up and have a go at singing themselves.

The four-part harmony a cappella chorus launched in Belper in five months ago is now busy building a repertoire of contemporary, pop and barbershop songs.

It already has its sights set on national competition and a number of performances lined up and is ready to expand.

Musical director Doug Harrington said: “We’ve got off to a great start building our repertoire and are now ready to open our doors to new members.

“There will be a warm welcome for all would-be new recruits coming along to our rehearsals or our recruitment evening. You don’t need any previous experience or be able to read music – just the ability to hold a tune and a willingness to work hard.”

Anyone interested can contact the Ignite UK membership team and attend a Thursday night rehearsal or go along to an upcoming recruitment event.

An open evening for potential new members—minimum age 16—will take place at Fleet Arts, The Fleet, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1NU on Thursday, September 29, at 7.30pm.

Weekly chorus rehearsals take place at the same venue and same time.

Visitors who are interested in joining the chorus will be invited to start the audition process.

For more information, to request a rehearsal visit or a place at the recruitment evening email the group’s membership secretary Ellie Reynolds on

Doug added: “Our aim is to be an award-winning chorus performing nationally as well as locally with members who love music and enjoy singing together.

“It’s a fantastic hobby and a great way to make new friends.”

As well as weekly rehearsals and regular concerts across the region, chorus members enjoy organising social activities such as a recent family sports day and picnic.

Recent studies have shown that singing has a significant effect on people’s sense of wellbeing, with particular benefits for mental health, high blood pressure and respiratory problems.