Derbyshire chorus DaleDiva has beaten off stiff competition to achieve its best-ever result and take silver in a national singing competition.
The Cromford-based women’s a-cappella group took the stage at The Sage in Gateshead last weekend (May 11) to battle it out alongside 21 of some of the UK’s best choruses.
Following a full day of competition assessed by an expert panel of judges from America, the Divas were named as silver medallists with 634 points behind previous champions Forth Valley Chorus from Edinburgh.
DaleDiva musical director Ally Law said: “We’ve worked so hard for this result and the Divas did an amazing job.
“I’m still in shock – euphoric, emotional and absolutely thrilled.
“It’s only the fifth time we’ve taken part in this competition so to come second is unbelievable.
“We’re so proud to bring a silver medal back to Derbyshire and the result will certainly spur us on to build on our success and aim even higher this year.”
The competition is an annual event organised by global singing organisation Sweet Adelines International based in theUSA.
DaleDiva is a member of Sweet Adelines’ Region 31, which features choruses from England, Ireland, Scotland,Wales and the Netherlands.
DaleDiva, which was formed in November 2007, has 71 members aged 26 to 70.
They come from locations around the county including Matlock, Cromford, Belper, Derby, Wirksworth and Sheffield.
The Divas won Channel 5 talent show ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ in 2010 after receiving the most public votes to be namedBritain’s best showchoir.
n DaleDiva will be performing in a concert organised by Wirksworth Women’s Institute at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale .
This will take place on Friday 14 June at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from Robert Young Florists in Matlock, Traid Links in Wirksworth or by calling 01629 823597.