Summer Concert “Old Favourites” 2.7.22

The summer concert will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at St. John’s the Evangelist Church, Mickleover, at 7:30pm.

Come and join us to hear a varied selection of our favourite pieces from our recent and more distant repertoire – from “Bring the Music Back Home” written specifically to celebrate the return of choirs as we came out of lockdown; the sad tale of “The Goslings”, through to Carly Simon’s “Let the River Run” and an Abba classic ”Thankyou for the Music”, and much more!

Tickets £7 on the door.

Refreshments, Quiz and Raffle in the Interval.

Looking forward to 2022

Thankyou to everyone who came to our concert on 11th December – we hope you all felt as festive as we did! We really enjoyed performing together again, and congratulations to our quiz winners!

Choir rehearsals will start back on Monday 10th January at St Johns Church, starting to work towards our next concert “Songs from the Stage”. If you fancy starting a New Year by trying something new, come along and join us.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We are delighted to return to performing with our concert “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Saturday 11th December at St Johns Church, Mickleover, 7.30pm. We have had lots of new faces join the choir this term and are very much looking forward to performing carols and Christmas songs together. Join for us an enjoyable festive evening; you might even win a prize in the quiz during the interval!

We’re back singing in person!

After 15 months of virtual rehearsals on Zoom, we are delighted to be returning to singing together at St John’s Church in Mickleover from September 2021. We have an exciting programme ahead, and can’t wait to welcome everyone back in person once more.

Please note the return dates below:

6th September – current members

13th September – new members

Looking forward to seeing you there!

10 Christmas pieces you might not have heard before

You might have started Christmas preparations earlier than usual this year – more time at home and uncertainty about the next couple of months may mean Christmas shopping is well underway. Surely that seems like a good excuse to start the Christmas music early this year too?

Classic FM listed their top pieces of Christmas music, and you can find 10 of the lesser known below. While you’re baking a Christmas cake, try having a listen to one that you haven’t heard before.

  1. Troika – Prokofiev
  2. Little Tree – Whitacre
  3. A Ceremony of Carols – Britten
  4. Christmas Oratorio – Bach
  5. Symphony of Carols – Hely-Hutchinson
  6. L’Enfance du Christ – Berlioz
  7. Christmas Waltz – Tchaikovsky
  8. A Christmas Greeting – Elgar
  9. Oratorio de Noel – Saint-Saens
  10. The Messiah – Handel

Virtual rehearsals

Mickleover Singers had its first virtual rehearsal last night, and we enjoyed “singing” together once more.

We are going to have another on 15th June.

If you are interested in joining the choir and live in the Derby area, you are welcome to join in with our virtual rehearsals. Please get in touch via the contact form.

Music trivia quiz

If you find you have some spare time, have a go at this music quiz that we attempted a few weeks ago, with 3 rounds themed around colours, numbers, and animals. Answers are below.

Round 1 – Colours

  1. Who had a yellow submarine?
  2. What colour were the onions that Booker T and the MGs sang about?
  3. Who found themselves in a purple haze?
  4. What colour was Bobby Vinton’s velvet?
  5. What colour were Sting’s fields?
  6. What colour was Dido’s flag?
  7. What vehicle did Joni Mitchell sing about, and what colour was it?
  8. Rudolph had a red nose, but can you name the other 8 reindeer?

Round 2 – Numbers

  1. How many days did the Beatles think there was in a week?
  2. According to Simon and Garfunkel, how many ways are there to leave your lover?
  3. The Four seasons liked remembering O What a Night in December in what year?
  4. How far did the Proclaimers walk?
  5. What year of summer did Bryan Adams like to reminise about?
  6. In the Twelve Days of Christmas, how many times throughout the song would you sing the line “5 gold rings”?
  7. What age were the Beatles looking forward to being?
  8. Which orchestra performed 150 times in 2018?
  9. How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?
  10. How many planets are set to music in Holst’s Planet Suite?

Round 3 – Animals

  1. Who wrote a Carnival of the Animals?
  2. What animal did Peter meet in Prokofiev’s Orchestral work?
  3. Which insect did Rimsky-Korsakov immortalise in music?
  4. Which winged creature did the Beatles sing about?
  5. Survivor rocked out to the Eye of the …
  6. What kind of soldier did Bob Marley and the Wailers sing about?
  7. What did grandma get run over by?
  8. Which animal was ascending in Vaughan William’s piece?
  9. Which mythical creature did Stravinsky compose a ballet about?
  10. In the carol “Infant Holy”, which animals are lowing?


Round 1 – Colours

  1. The Beatles
  2. Green
  3. Jimi Hendrix
  4. Blue
  5. Gold
  6. White
  7. Yellow taxi
  8. Dasher, dancer, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid, donner, blitzen (1point for 1-4 correct, 2 for 5-7, 3 for 8)

Round 2 – Numbers

  1. 8
  2. 50
  3. 1963
  4. 1000 miles
  5. 1969
  6. 8
  7. 64
  8. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  9. 9

Round 3 – Animals

  1. Saint-Saens
  2. A wolf
  3. Bumblebee
  4. Blackbird
  5. Tiger
  6. Buffalo
  7. A reindeer
  8. Lark
  9. Firebird
  10. Oxen

COVID-19 update

Unfortunately the choir members are not able to meet up at present – however we are still meeting online each week. We have been taking part in quizzes, discussing favourite music, and are going to try an online rehearsal soon.

If you would like to find out more about this, please get in touch via our contact form.