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events diary 2018 to 2020


Winter 2019

Nov 5th - Private viewing for the singalong version of Oliver at The Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth, FULLY BOOKED! Fancy Dress encouraged!!

Dec 7th - Farmers Market - Festive songs mid morning at the market

Dec 19th - Christmas Party 

Dec 20th - Winter evening  concert with and in aid of  the Derby Movers and Shakers Parkinson's Choir in St Mary's Church Wirksworth

Click on poster to see full size PDF




The Big Sing August 31st

This was a coming together of three of Lester's four choirs, Raise Your Voices, Bakewell and District Community choir, Peace Through Folk, Rycote and other local choirs,  purely for the joy of singing a cappella with 150 people raising the rafters all day in Wirksworth  Town Hall and we had a FABulous time! Two visiting leaders, Frances Watt and Zee Musiq brought members from their Kaleidoscope, Rough Truffles and Soul Voices choirs and we also had singers from the Ashbourne Singers and Wirksworth Community Choir.  We could have taken more bookings but sadly the maximum limit of 150 for the Town Hall was reached and we regretfully had to say no more.... With a variety of styles we shared our music between choirs, singing familiar favourites and learning some new songs together. This is a sound clip of a song which epitomised the day - many had only had a few minutes to learn this but the sound is mighty... Unite - mixed choirs at The Big Sing

This is a link to photos of the day taken by Phil Richards.

We made the papers too:









The first RYV concert of 2019 was on 

May 4th - "Spring into Summer" 

in Wirksworth Town Hall.

the programme was a celebration...

to mark the greening of the countryside, longer days and the promise of summer....

with traditional May songs, modern popular songs, folk songs and the odd classic favourite, all designed to please your ears, raise your spirits and touch your hearts... it was a sellout and we really enjoyed performing to such a lovely audience


PAST events 2018

December 20th

RYV  enjoyed the Christmas party at the Red Lion, with singsongs led by Lester and then lots of brilliant party pieces  were performed by various sections and individuals, with plenty of laughs and good cheer to celebrate another fabulous year of being RYV! 

December 17th

RYV joined The Nightingales,  the residents choir at Waltham House, together with Wirksworth Community Choir, for the annual three choirs Christmas event and we raised the rafters yet again... always great fun and the sherry and sweetmeats were a treat too!

December 8th

RYV sang at the Wirksworth Christmas Market in the Memorial Gardens. Sadly the weather wasn't too good but the charities raised some much needed funds and as always we enjoyed a good sing of our Christmas favourites.

November 11th 

RYV sang at the memorial gardens at a unique commemoration of the end of WW1. 

For more information about the event go to this link  


"I had a Dream" - our summer concert on Sept 18th, featuring in the first half our choir leader Lester Simpson, with Carol Fieldhouse and Nigel Corbett, then the choir in the second half.  We were delighted to have a full house and raised £500 for Amnesty International and £100 for the Jo Cox Foundation.

Photos in our gallery 

South Pacific Private Singalong 18th June at the Northern Light Cinema 

RYV enjoyed a fun evening singing along to a real classic of the movie musicals, South Pacific which is 60years old this year.  Our singers sported lots of brilliant accessories to enhance our evening and get us in the mood... but not surprisingly, no-one braved a grass skirt and coconuts! See pics in our Gallery

The RYV picnic, June 7th, a private "jolly" in Stoney Wood  was a great success, thanks to Rosie and her team. and all the volunteers who donated such  delicious foods and raffle prizes, We also enjoyed some ever popular in-house entertainment, our " party pieces"!  We know how to enjoy ourselves and the sun shone on us until the refreshing rain, well quite a deluge actually, came over at the end! See pics in our Gallery

Wirksworth Farmers Market on 2 June  2018, performing with  the lovely Nightingale singers  from nearby Waltham House on a lovely warm morning in the newly furbished Memorial Gardens. - see pics in our Gallery


Kongero - On April 28th we hosted a workshop and concert with Kongero, a fabulous '"Folk'appella" quartet from Sweden, which was the greatest fun, not just for RYV but also, we were delighted to welcome visitors who also love to sing, whether in other choirs or not. It was such a success we are seriously considering hosting more such events in the future...

In the evening Kongero performed a wonderful concert with their glorious pure tones and tight, intriguing harmonies. It really was a treat. You can see pics and clips in our Gallery 



RYV Big Sing 2019 final flyer.jpg

This was the Kongero event poster - open up for full size      


We have enjoyed singing at the Derby Refugee Advice Centre  sharing some very special musical moments.

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