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Dancing Stories

We are currently working on “Dancing Stories”, an exciting project which will see us performing Vivaldi’s Gloria at Chester Cathedral on Tuesday 11th July 2017, accompanied by Chester Youth Symphony Orchestra. The event is being organised in collaboration with Home Grown Dance Theatre and Theatre in the Quarter to celebrate 40 Years of Dance in Cheshire.

We are keen to expand our choir for this collaborative event and would like to invite experienced local choral singers to swell our numbers as a ‘massed choir’ for this event and make it a superb performance to remember.

If you would like to take part, please register here.

Rehearsals for the event will be taking place on the following days:

*CANCELLED Friday 19th May – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 23rd May – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 6th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 13th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 16th June – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 20th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 23rd June – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Tuesday 27th June – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Tuesday 4th July – Caldy Valley Church, Chester 7.30pm (Choir only)
Friday 7th July – The Queen’s Senior School, Chester 7.30pm (Choir and Orchestra)
Sunday 9th July – *NB Change of venue* – Christleton High School Sports Hall, Christleton  1-4pm  FULL REHEARSAL with dancers
Tuesday 11th July – Chester Cathedral 7.30pm – PERFORMANCE

Carolling at Caldy Valley

Carolling at Caldy Valley 2016

“Carolling at Caldy Valley” #cacv
Caldy Valley Neighbourhood Church
Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7.30pm
Come along and celebrate Christmas with Caldy Valley Voices.
Music, poetry from the Chester Poets, and a mince pie to get you in the festive spirit! There will also be a raffle in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We will be performing a new carol “Sleep, my Jesu” at this concert which was recently composed by Jamie Hall as part of his project “Dancing Day” especially to support Macmillan Cancer as part of #ChoirsAgainstCancer. Many other choirs are singing this carol to raise money for this very worthy cause.

Tickets £5 from choir members, or phone 01829 771624, or buy them below:

Excerpts from last year’s carol concert –

Three years of song

WHH_4690-2We have enjoyed three years of singing together and during that time have gone from strength to strength. Our summer concert celebration this year had a moon theme to the programme and we were delighted to welcome Huntington Primary School Choir to take part in our evening of music and poetry.

Read the recent article “Chester Choir raises cash for charity” in the Chester Chronicle

We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead including Christmas carols at the Caldy Valley Centre, Three Taverns Festival at Llanarmon yn lâl, Songs For All Seasons at Caldy Valley Centre and Vivaldi’s Gloria at Chester Cathedral.

If you are interested in joining us, we are hosting a ‘taster’ session on 6th September 2016, from 7.15pm at Caldy Valley Church just fill in the application form or contact Will Hay, our Musical Director.
Taster Invite 6th Sep 2016

Over the Moon

We were delighted to be able to perform our “Over the Moon” summer concert programme on Saturday night. The audience enjoyed a blend of musical genre from a capella spirituals to pop and jazz. We were supported by a super performance from Huntington Primary School Choir. The singing was interspersed with moon-themed poetry, some of which had been specially commissioned for the event!

Your concert was really good, and we were so glad we could be there.
Super arrangements and harmonies, lots of feeling and confidence in the singing, and a sense of intimacy and togetherness throughout it all.
Loved the African songs especially.   Walking and singing was so evocative……..

Singing for Fun with Matt Baker

Saturday 16th January, 2016
We were treated to a wonderful workshop today at Caldy Valley Church presented by Matt Baker. Elaine writes,

I have just returned from the Matt Baker workshop at Caldy Valley, having had the most wonderful afternoon. The hall was packed with faces old and new, all enjoying the singing experience. As Tom said,’ It may have been cold and miserable outside, but inside it was warm and glowing!’ Thanks to everyone who helped to make the afternoon so successful.


Singing for Santa

In the forest with SantasWe had a great time this morning singing in Delamere Forest for over 300 Santas.
Elaine, one of our choir members, writes:

Thank you to the dozen or so stalwarts who turned up to the Delamere Santa Dash this morning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Santas in one place. It may have been raining, but there was plenty of Christmas spirit (some of it in the form of mulled wine) and loads of enthusiasm! Ably led by Will, we sang an impressive number of songs and carols in 2 sets, and enjoyed a coffee together in the cafe. (If you haven’t been yet, I can recommend it …the cakes and coffee were wonderful). Happy Christmas and see you on 5th Jan!

Which sums it up quite nicely really. The enforced a cappella worked out well when the generator refused to power our piano. Thanks to our pianist, Jeremy, for stepping in and doubling the bass section!

Gothic singing workshop

Saturday 31st October, 2015
Ellie the pumpkinWe enjoyed a thrilling, spooky Hallowe’en themed Gothic singing workshop led by Catherine Harrison. The song choices were right on the mark. One of the choir members commented later that of the songs we did in the workshop, three were featured later that evening on “Strictly Come Dancing”. The workshop attracted quite a wide age range with the youngest being only 10 months old. Ellie even came along in fancy dress.

Delamere Santa Dash

CVV Will - Santa HatCaldy Valley Voices are looking forward to providing some seasonal entertainment this year at the Delamere Santa Dash which will take place on Saturday 19th December at the Old Pale Car Park, Delamere Forest, starting at 10.30am.

If you fancy taking part in a 5km Fun Run, then why not give it a go. You can enter online and you get a free Santa Hat and mulled wine and mince pies will be served at the end.

We are also preparing our own evening of festive music and poetry which will take place at Caldy Valley Church, Chester on Friday 11th December starting at 7.30pm. The full programme is yet to be confirmed but will include audience participation in some well known carols besides a variety of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

Places are still available on our “Gothic Singing Workshop” which takes place in just TWO days time. Saturday 31st October starting at 3pm at Caldy Valley Church, Chester. Tickets £8/£2 u18 available here.

Happy Holidays,