RYV is a community choir in Wirksworth, formed purely for the joy of singing.
All singers are welcome to come along, from novices to the more experienced. The sessions run from 7.15 - 9.15pm on Thursdays at The Town Hall in Wirksworth. The fee is £4 per week on a pay as you go basis. Our leader is Lester Simpson, details below . The choir is made up of four sections, sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. We sing a cappella, learning an eclectic mix of songs in a variety of musical styles from a broad selection of cultures and countries, and most of all, we have FUN!
NB We have moved venue from the Red Lion to the Town Hall to offer fully accessible space with a lift and wheelchair access, and this venue also offers accessible toilet facilities.
CONCERTS AND ACTIVITIES
An experienced choir and workshop leader, singer, songwriter, professional musician, broadcaster, keen sailor and cyclist, Lester has a wealth of knowledge of folk and other musical genres and he plays several musical instruments. Lester started RYV in 2010 and is leader and director of three choirs in the region. From 1990 to 2018 he sang with the renowned a cappella trio, Coope Boyes Simpson. He now concentrates on his solo career with performances, workshops, songwriting and musical direction of his choirs and other productions.
RYV has performed a variety of themed concerts, some as part of the Wirksworth Festival, one with the Derby Girls Choir, and some at local public and private events at venues such as The National Stone Centre, the Northern Light Open Air Cinema and the Lime Kiln. In the summertime RYV joins the Nightingales choir from Waltham House to sing in town at the local Farmers Market.