What does it mean to be a community choir? Well our role can be summed up as follows: we exist to bring music to the community, and to bring the community to music.
Our concerts bring music to the community. They also bring entertainment, the chance of a night out with friends, and often, the opportunity to raise funds for a good cause. Please take a look at the performances page on this website for a list of our forthcoming performances.
We also bring the community to music. Anyone over the age of sixteen years can join our group and all are welcome, regardless of previous experience, musical knowledge or expertise. We don’t ask you to audition, and we don’t ask you to pay out a huge amount of money either. For an annual membership fee of just £15, and weekly contribution of £2, choir members have access to an experienced and knowledgeable musical team, who ably guide us through a variety of musical styles, with encouragement, enjoyment and plenty of good humour. You even get a cup of tea and a biscuit included in the price as well!
Having a variety of different styles of music is also important to us as a community choir. It makes us more inclusive if there’s something there for everyone, whether you’re singing with us, or in the audience listening. Some of our members for example, are lovers of classical music. For others, it’s show tunes that hit the right note... or folk music, jazz, rock, or pop. And it has been known for choir members to discover a love for a genre of music that they may never have discovered if they hadn’t have been introduced to it on a Monday night at choir.
Here is a selection of some of the music currently in our repertoire:
An American Trilogy – Mickey Newbury
And All That Jazz – John Lander and Fred Ebb
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon
Danny Boy – Fred E Weatherby and Douglas E Wagner
Domine Fili Unigenite / Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi
Edelweiss / Climb Every Mountain – Rodgers and Hammerstein
Go The Distance – Alan Menken and David Zippel
Irish Blessing – Philip Stopford
Non Nobis Domine – Rudyard Kipling and Roger Quilter
The Rhythm of Life – Dorothy Fields and Cy Coleman
You Raise Me Up – Brendan Graham and Rolf Løvland
So if any of this strikes a chord with you, and you would like to find out more about Dagnall Community Choir, please do get in touch, via our website, or by coming along to one of our rehearsals on a Monday night, 7.45pm at Dagnall Church.
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Early in March, the choir was devastated to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of one of our valued members. Nigel Garrard was the much loved husband of Michelle our musical director, and a dear friend to us all. His powerful bass voice was an asset to the choir, as was his kindness and great sense of humour - those of you who attended our Christmas Concert will remember his rendition of “While Shepherds Watched” to the tune of “Ilkley Moor Baht ‘At!”
We will all miss him greatly.