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Choir goes back to where it began




Bakewell and District Community Choir (BADCC) is heading back to where it all began, nearly seven years ago.

The choir will now be based for its regular Wednesday night practices from 7 to 9 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House in Chapel Lane, Bakewell. It was formed at a meeting attended by over 100 people held at the Meeting House in 2016.

The choir is led by Lester Simpson of Wirksworth, formerly a member of the award-winning a cappella folk trio, Coope, Boyes and Simpson, who also leads the Raise your Voices choir in Wirksworth. Lester commented: “BADCC are a group of people who just love the joy of singing together. And you won’t need to worry if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious. There’s no audition to join, just a willingness to enjoy making music together.”

The choir’s repertoire is designed to suit every taste, ranging from traditional folksongs and ballads to pop, rock n’ roll, Tamla Motown and songs from all over the world.

BADCC performed at the former Eroica Festivals in Bakewell and elsewhere and has held regular popular joint concerts with the Bakewell Silver Band at Lady Manners School and at the Bakewell Day of Dance. The carol concerts held at Bakewell Parish Church have also proved popular, and the choir will be performing at the Christmas Market in Bakewell on November 19.

Before the pandemic struck, the choir regularly attracted over 70 singers every week, although in common with many other choirs and voluntary organisations, numbers have dropped off recently. Choir members come from all walks of life, including professional academics, industrialists, craftspeople and authors, but it mostly consists of people who just enjoy singing together.

The choir always extends a warm welcome new members – especially the always rare basses and tenors. If you are interested, contact John McGough on 01629 814167 or 07972 717279. Or just turn up – we’d love to see you!

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