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Raise Your Voices cancelled a one-off session of

“Carols in the Churchyard" at St Mary’s Wirksworth on Wed 23rd December


"It’s with a heavy heart that I email to say I’ve decided to call off tomorrow’s carol singing for the following reasons

The weather forecast is for rain for the period we would have been singing.Covid infection rates have doubled

in the last measured week.

We now have a new strain of Covid which is estimated to be 70% more transmissible.

From a personal point of view we have two vulnerable family members who will be sharing our Christmas bubble and I don’t want to risk any infection reaching them.

Sorry to be the bearer of tidings that aren’t glad, I realise how much we were all looking forward to a good sing together but I think I have made the correct decision.


Happy Christmas to all.




Link to our virtual concert on YouTube!

Raise Your Voices was delighted  to be invited  to 

submit a piece for the Virtual Festival 2020.

While Covid restrictions prevented us from meeting to

sing together in person we have been keeping in touch

by meeting for Zoom sessions and our community choir

roots stay strong. 

The film shows us at work rest and play and we hope

the joy we find from singing will shine through as you 

listen to our songs and watch us in the montages made 

of many happy memories. We are most grateful to all

involved in the production: Alec Millward, Phil Richards,

Rob Gill, Rusty Ahearne and Lester Simpson and of course,

the choir!!!. 

                Raise Your Voices Virtual Concert 2020



The image below also contains the link


5 May 2020


Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett

see link to 

Long Long Tunnel

on YouTube

a poignant song of these difficult times

written by Shelley Posen 


Fundraising 2020

RYV's musical director Lester Simpson presenting our donation of £1000 to Liz Greaves the Derby Branch Chair of Parkinson's UK. This was raised at the RYV December concert in Wirksworth, when we were joined in our performance by members of the Movers and Shakers, the Derby Parkinson' choir which Lester also leads. Thank you to everyone who supported us in raising these valuable funds.

On Saturday 22 February 2020
Raise Your Voices proudly presented
Windborne in Wirksworth
all day workshop and an evening concert 
for more information about the Windborne Singers visit

In addition to performing concerts worldwide, Windborne has taught workshops in schools, community centers, singing camps, and universities for the past decade. Experienced teachers and song-leaders, they delight groups young and old, large and small, with enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced instruction and get groups singing in harmony in no time! 

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