It started like all good fairy stories
Once upon a time (in 2014) there were 3 friends who decided they wanted to sing in a choir and set about finding one they liked enough to join.
After months of research and visiting choirs in the locality they had drawn a complete blank. Some were too far away, some met on the wrong night, some were too expensive, some were scarily good and others didn’t seem to sing the music that inspired them or they could handle.
So they decided to start their own. They advertised in local churches and the local community magazine and on the first evening, in The Old School House Swanwick, they waited to see if it would be a choir or a trio!
Amazingly approximately 20 people turned up and Amber Valley Voices was born.
Since that day the choir has grown and now there are almost 100 people, men and women on the books. Consequently they have moved venue twice to accommodate their growth
The choir currently rehearses in St Andrews church, Derby Road, Swanwick where it is also easier to implement covid guidance.
As a community choir, the philosophy has always been to make singing enjoyable and available to the whole community, gathering people together for enjoyment and friendship. No expertise is required. Those who have sung before help the others who have less experience and those new to singing inspire everyone else with their enthusiasm and exuberance.