Music is well said to be the speech of angels. ~Thomas Carlyle, "The Opera"

An Award Winning Women's Choir

It's A Wonderful Life!

KADRAS (Kelsall and District Rural Amenities Society) in conjunction with the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts are delighted to support a performance of this perennial feel-good story being performed by the Faltham Maltings Company in January 2016 at Kelsall Community Centre.

Date: 16 January

Time: 7:30 pm for 8 pm start

BYO drinks


Welcome to Bedford Falls. Welcome to small town America. Welcome to Farnham Maltings’ winter show. Frank Capra’s classic 1946 movie needs no introduction. George Bailey, a middle aged clerk, discovers the difference he’s made to his family, his friends and his home town, (with a little help from Clarence the apprentice angel). Following the success of Miracle on 34th Street, Farnham Maltings are bringing the struggles and joys of 1940’s small town America to the villages and towns of England. Using their own inimitable style the company has created 2 hours of theatre that will warm the coldest places through the long winter months.

Decibellas Charity Concert a Sell Out!

Decibellas Women’s Choir of Tarporley recently hosted a concert with Llangollen Male Voice Choir, to raise funds for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice. The men’s motto, “Cyfeillgarwch drwy Gan” (“friendship through song”), formed the theme for the evening with both choirs performing pieces from their own repertoires and then joining together for a rousing finale!

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Decibellas Do the Double!

Decibellas Women’s Choir from Tarporley, Cheshire, is delighted and very proud to announce that it has won two categories at The Chester Competitive Festival of Performing Arts 2015.  Competing against other excellent Women’s vocal groups, Decibellas carried away The Stamford Cup and The Rita Landi Challenge Cup.

Decibellas’ first performance was in the Women’s Choir Open, competing for The Stamford Cup, awarded to the competitors with the highest marks.  Their first piece was Over the Rainbow, Arlen arr. Joanna Forbes.  Jeffrey Wynn Davies, adjudicator on the day, praised the dynamics, balance and nuances of the performance, making particular mention of the “fabulous ending that faded into the air”.

The choir’s second piece was Hope for Resolution, Caldwell & Ivory, that combines a choral and Zulu chant, having been written for Mandela and Le Clerk.  The adjudicator commented that even though the piece had been written for a much larger choir, Decibellas delivered a wonderful performance and very effectively demonstrated the change in character during the piece.

The next class was for smaller choral groups (5-15 voices) who competed for the Rita Landi Challenge Cup. For this section a small ensemble of volunteers (Decibellisime)  from the larger choir, performed The Lily and The Rose, Chilcott, and How Do I Love Thee, Nathan Christensen.  Jeffrey Wynn Davies commented that although the Chilcott piece was not technically difficult, the group “did not miss a trick”.  He was also impressed with the complexity of How Do I Love Thee and commented that he had awarded extra marks for technical difficulty.

Hazel Rowlands, Chair of Decibellas, commented “We are thrilled to have won both trophies and really didn’t expect it.  Our goal in entering the competition was, in fact, to improve our performance skills and to have fun!  I’m pleased to say that we achieved both!  A particular thank you goes to our brilliant Musical Director Kathleen Ryan who has inspired the choir with her wonderful calm aura, knowledge and experience.  Our accompanist David Bird was joined by a talented musician Peter Mitchell from the Royal Northern College of Music who came along to accompany the choir on the djembe for our performance of Hope for Resolution.”

Decibellas will be performing their competition pieces as well as a selection from their repertoire on Saturday May 9th 2015 at St Boniface Church in Bunbury, Cheshire, when they will be joined by the Llangollen Male Voice Choir in a Concert celebrating ‘Friendship through Song’.  The concert is in aid of St Lukes Cheshire Hospice.  For more information and tickets visit Decibellas events page.

The Soul of Gospel Celebration Weekend & Charity Concert

We are very excited to be taking part in these Gospel weekend workshops in Manchester and you can too!

Voice Assembly are holding a weekend workshop and charity concert with Tyndale Thomas MBE, Kadria Thomas and David Thomas... in aid of Francis House Children's Hospice. 

We are really looking forward to taking part in what will be an amazing celebration weekend! Other choirs taking part are One Voice Community ChoirAccord Inspirational Gospel ChoirLiverpool Harmonic Gospel Choir and Gospelchor "Living Voices e.V. Krefeld" 

So join us and join in, as we create a mass choir celebration of joyous Gospel singing! 

The workshops will be held at Chetham's School of Music on Saturday 28th 10am-5pm - Sunday 29th March 10am-4pm.

2 day workshop Ticket £30, concessions £20.

Contact 0161 870 2215 or email for tickets.

The Concert will be at the same venue on 29th March 7pm. Tickets £8 and can be purchased from 0161 838 7244.

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Bob Chilcott - March 7, Singing Day in Preston, 10:15-4:00

Work with British composer, Bob Chilcott (Mid-Winter, The Lily and The Rose, Skye Boat Song)  on his original setting of St John Passion, written for the Choir of Wells Cathedral.. This work tells the story of Christ's trial and Crucifixion using text from St John's Gospel. 

Interestingly, Chilcott has added smaller pieces within the work which can be sung by the choir and audience/congregation together. He has set some additional texts which have been taken from English poetry.

What an opportunity to work directly with the composer and sing in a mixed choir setting! And SO close to home!