Your chance to hit the right note at sing day

nrhn 050612 Chevin singers are inviting townsfolk top Belper Singing Day on saturday, October 6.
nrhn 050612 Chevin singers are inviting townsfolk top Belper Singing Day on saturday, October 6.

T he Chevin Singers, the Belper-based community choir is inviting people to come to a Singing Day event in the town.

The session is supported by Derbyshire County Council and is being held at the Strutts Community Centre on Derby Road, on Saturday, October 6 from 9.15am to 4.30pm.

Songs will be taught in workshops led by choir leaders from Amber Valley and beyond during the event.

Tunes are from around the world and are easy to learn and there is no need to be able to read music, in fact, beginners are most welcome, said a spokesman for the group.

Tickets are £10 and booking is essential. Look out for posters and flyers or find out more about the programme, the workshop leaders and the songs click on

Chevin Singers, formed in 2011, is a community-based choir who meet weekly at the Strutts Community Centre under the direction of Beth de Lange.

The choir was formed in with the simple aim of singing for pleasure.

The spokesman said: “We are a mixed choir meeting weekly to rehearse in Belper, Derbyshire, during term time.”

The last summer session was on July 17 , when the group walked and sang on the Chevin area in the town .

Members resumed for the autumn season on September 4 and will meet weekly until the half-term October holiday week.

Everyone is welcome at the Singing Day and there is no requirement to have singing experience, he said.

Chevin tutors are experienced singing teachers who will teach a range of songs to include traditional, folk, pop and even some yodelling!

Anyone going along on the day needs to bring their own lunch. Although tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available throughout, as well as a bar at lunch time.

The day will see a series of performances from those taking part.

The schedule for the day is: 9.15 – 9.45am - arrival and registration; 9.45 – 10am - warm-up; 10am to 11 am - workshop one; 11.00 – 11.15am - performance; 11.15 – 11.45am - refreshment break; 11.45 – 12.45am - workshop two; 12.45 – 1pm - performance; 1pm – 2pm - lunch; 2 pm - 3 pm - workshop three; 3 pm – 3.30pm - refreshment break; 3.30 – 4.30pm - performance and final sing together.

The choir’s name comes from the Chevin hill, which overlooks the Derwent Valley to the west of Belper.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site runs through this area and is the only World Heritage Site in the East Midlands.

The group meet weekly and does perform, but there is no compulsion to sing at events if you get involved.

Most songs are taught by ear too.

For more information contact Viv Scott or Anne Sadler on 01773 822253 or 01773 825208 for details. Bokking closes on Friday, September 21.