Rolls-Royce Ladies’ Choir
The Rolls-Royce Ladies’ Choir
Since its formation in 1959 the Rolls-Royce Ladies’ Choir has been providing musical pleasure to audiences across Derby and its surrounding areas and has helped to raise significant sums of money for local community groups and charities.
The choir was originally formed for the female employees and the wives of male employees of Rolls-Royce but the choir now welcomes non-RR employees and we currently have around 30 singers ranging from age 18 upwards and the choir as a whole remains highly committed to ‘Performing Together in Harmony,’ which is the choir’s motto. Christine Hunt, our Musical Director for over 12 years, ensures the range of music is varied to meet everyone’s tastes and keeps our performances fresh and interesting. John Lord is our pianist and has been with the choir for over 30 years.
Rolls-Royce ladies’ choir prides itself on its professionalism and versatility. The music we sing ranges from Bruno Mars to Vivaldi and our concert venues are also very varied ranging from the Intu Shopping Centre to Derby Cathedral.
In 2004 – Rolls-Royce plc celebrated its centenary. The ladies’ choir were very proud to be included in the celebrations singing at an event at Donington Park.
In 2009 – The choir celebrated its 50-year anniversary hosting a concert and recording the event on a CD.
In 2010 – The choir was thrilled to feature in the BBC2 documentary ‘How to build a jumbo jet engine’ which focused on the Rolls-Royce community as well as demonstrating how each engine is built by hand. The choir was filmed performing in the Nightingale Hall and a number of ladies were interviewed. The show was heralded a great success and attracted over 2.6 million viewers.
In 2012 – The Rolls-Royce Ladies’ Choir and the Rolls-Royce Male Voice Choir sang together in the Massed Band Finale of the Buxton Military Tattoo directed by Capt. James Marshall of The Band of The King’s Division. The finale piece was “Hector the Hero” – a very dramatic piece of music featuring over 200 musicians and singers.
In July 2014 – The choir invited Neath Male Voice Choir from Wales to sing at their Summer Show in support of Treetops Hospice in Risley and Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Swansea. The show was a great success raising £700 for each charity.
In August 2014 – the ladies’ choir and the Rolls-Royce Male Voice Choir were delighted to be invited by Sinfonia Viva to perform at the annual Darley Park Concert and firework display to celebrate 175 years of the railway in Derby.
In October 2015 – the choir sang at the Re-dedication Ceremony of the Rolls-Royce Battle of Britain Memorial Window in its new location at the Rolls-Royce Learning and Career Development Centre in Derby.
In May 2016 – the choir took part in the National Association of Choirs Concert at the David Nieper Academy, hosted by Alfreton Male Voice Choir .
We are delighted to be invited to support the Alfreton Male Voices for their annual show, 2017, and have put together a programme which we hope you will enjoy.
Our Next Event
It was agreed at Committee that, after the resounding success of this years concert, we endorse the commitment for next year and begin preparations. More details to follow.
We were very sad to learn of the death of our old friend Ron Padley who passed away peacefully during his sleep on Monday 20th April. He was a wonderful friend to …
We were sad to hear of the recent passing of one of our members from the Bass section, Mr Harry Wall. Whilst Harry has not been able to attend our practices for …
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