Derby Choral Union

Derby Choral Union is Derby's longest-running voluntary choir, this year celebrating its 150th Season of performing choral music both classical and contemporary to the highest standards.

Genre: Classical
Leader / Baton: Richard Dacey
Rehearsals: Tuesday, 7.30-9.30pm
Rehearsal Venues: Derby Grammar School, Rykneld Road, Derby DE23 4BX
Auditions: Yes
Music Reading Ability: Preferred
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: Mixed
Cost: £100 per year / £50 for ages 25-35 / £0 up to 25
Payment Frequency Annual
Term: September - May
Time Commitment: 2/3rds of rehearsals to qualify for inclusion in the concert
How Many Active Members: 100
Are Concerts Performed?: Yes
How Many (concerts)?: 3 per season
When, Generally?: November, Christmas and May.
We also occasionally run overseas tours in May/June over a bank holiday weekend.
Free or Ticketed: Ticketed
Are Competitions Entered?: No
Regular Musical Collaborators: We have links with the Marienkantorei of Osnabrück, Derby's twin town and occasionally run exchange trips to perform in each city.
Joining Process: Complete application at
Member of any forums?: Making Music
Who funds the choir?: The choir is funded by an array of means including membership fees, ticket income, Arts Council grants and corporate sponsorship, together with the generosity of our members who fundraise and donate to the choir.

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