Founded in January 2010, by a group of women who love to sing, Decibellas has grown into an award-winning choir of over seventy voices. Based in Tarporley, Cheshire, the choir attracts members of varying ages and experience, from the surrounding area.
There are no auditions - Decibellas is a choir open to all women who love to sing. Our repertoire includes a wide range of uplifting music, including gospel, spiritual, choral and songs from musicals. You'll find a collection of our musical influences, so why not have a listen!
Our Musical Director
Marcus Williams is an energetic and enthusiastic vocal coach and brass tutor. He first started learning to play the euphonium at the age of 8, passed his Grade 8 with distinction and became a member of the Cheshire Youth Brass Band. He started singing at the age of 14, and studied singing under Dr Shirley Court. In Summer 2014 he passed the ALCM Diploma from the London College of Music in Classical Singing. Whilst in his final year at university, he sang for the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus.
Marcus was trained to conduct through Sing for Pleasure, an organisation specialising in quality choral conducting training. Whilst studying in London for the ALCM Diploma, Marcus conducted at the premier performance of Oliver Tarney’s Magnificat. He has conducted many different groups from small vocal ensembles to orchestras with full chorus including the Macclesfield Male Voice Choir, whom he conducted at a “Voices of the Commonwealth” concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
For over 2 years Marcus was the Musical Director of the Chester St. Cecilia Singers, a choir specialising in sacred music. He was appointed Musical Director of Decibellas in September 2016 and has continued to take the choir from strength to strength. He also conducts the Cuddington and Sandiway Community Singers, a mixed voice community choir which he started in September 2014.
In September 2016, Marcus was appointed Musical Director of Decibellas and has great plans for the future!
Since taking (very!) early retirement from the financial sector, David Bird has pursued a full-time career in music. He has a thriving private teaching practice and is in demand as an accompanist for both singers and instrumentalists, having performed extensively throughout England and Wales.
David is a freelance organist and performs regularly with a Baroque ensemble, and also has a great deal of fun playing with friends in a small jazz ensemble.
David joined Decibellas at the end of 2010 and whilst not being at all overwhelmed by the presence of seventy women, he is, nonetheless, delighted to be relieved of his position of sole DeciFELLA with the appointment of Marcus as Musical Director. Over the years David has found that a good sense of humour and "unshockability" are essential. The wearing of Venetian face masks, Brazilian headgear and feather boas has not been uncommon and has been completely voluntary!
Ultimately, we raise money for charities by doing something we love and we want to share that passion with you!
Appearances include; the International Eisteddfod Llangollen, the BBC Music Nation Event, the Olympic torch party in Chester, the "Big Sing", the Tarporley Christmas light switch on, the Lord Mayor's Charity Christmas Concert, the Chester Christmas lights, the Chester Festival of Performing Arts, the Chester Voluntary Arts Awards and the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition.
Members generally vote on the next nominated charity, and most often, it's a cause close to our hearts.