News and reviews

On this page you’ll find some of our news and press coverage as well as the all-important views of our lovely customers and audiences…

Charitable Donations - 2024

In 2023 we supported a very worthy cause - Alzheimer’s Society, we had a collection bucket at two of our concerts, and added our own donation to total amount. The Society were very appreciative.

For 2024 we will be supporting two charities: -

  • The Children’s Air Ambulance
  • Holly Bank Trust a Yorkshire based care organisation

Our annual Carol Concert was at the Pie Hall Denby Dale, 10th December

We sang a varied range of carols and songs including: - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Holly and the Ivy, Holy Infant Child, Do You Hear What I Hear, Santa Claus is coming to Town, among many others. We were joined by Denby Dale First School who performed some of their repertoire. Tea and cakes were provided by the Ladies choir and we played to a full hall!

December 2023

Our Concert at Huddersfield town hall in October was a great success.

We sang a varied range of songs to suit everyone and played to a large audience, alongside the fabulous Hepworth Band and the wonderful New Mill Male Voice Choir. Our repertoire included Anything Goes, The Lord is my Shepherd, Defying Gravity, May it be, among many others.

October 2023

Our Swing into Summer Concert on Sunday 25th June at the Pie Hall Denby Dale was an uplifting afternoon of upbeat songs from stage and screen

We sang a varied range of songs to suit everyone and played to a full audience at the Pie Hall. Our repertoire included Anything Goes, The Rhythm of Life, Defying Gravity and Hail Holy Queen, among many others. Both the choir and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the event, helped along by the wonderful cakes, most of which were baked by the choir members. Check out our page on Facebook to listen to some of the videos.

June 2023

Our Carol Concert on Sunday 4th December at the Pie Hall, was a great success

Another chance for us to sing together and entertain the audience with some well-known Christmas Carols.

December 2022

Our joint concert with Gledholt Male Voice Choir Saturday 1st October at St Paul's Methodist Church Dalton

This was a lovely evening and was well received by the audience. There were separate sessions from both choirs, followed by both choirs singing together for ‘Vincent’ and ‘Bring me Sunshine’

October 2022

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert and Afternoon Tea at the Pie Hall.

June 2022

Autumn Concert with the Mastersingers

Another chance for us to sing together and entertain an audience with a lovely evening of varied songs. We sang a number of our favourites such as ‘Both Sides Now’ and ‘Mr Blue Sky’, and some which were new to the choir such as ‘Carry Me’, ‘May it Be’, and ‘The Three Madrigals’, among many more. The joint song with the Mastersingers was ‘Nimrod’, they also sang some rousing songs and added considerably to everyone’s enjoyment. We had lots of positive feedback on all counts.

November 2021

Black and White Ball

This was a fundraiser for the choir, organised very successfully by our own Sarah Fletcher. The ball was a welcome event after spending so much time in lock-down, and so little time rehearsing and singing in person. The choir performed three pieces during dinner, which were well received, then we finished the evening with a DJ and plenty of dancing.

October 2021

Join us for a concert with the Mastersingers Saturday 13th November 2021

October 2021

Join Us for a rehearsal

For the term our rehearsals remain open to any ladies who would like to join the choir. The sessions are on Thursday and are from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm.

There will be a short voice warm-up session and then we will sing a varied range of pieces for a three-part choir. It will be a good introduction into how a choir rehearses. There is no obligation – just a chance to sing with some friendly faces.

Please email for more information and encouragement.
October 2021

Leo’s Tea-Party

In appreciation of a grant awarded by Denby Dale & District Lions Club, for new music to enhance the choir’s repertoire, the ladies helped entertain guests at “Leo’s Tea-Party” – organised for local senior citizens by the junior section of the Lions Club - at Denby Dale Pie Hall, on Saturday 28 April. A good time was had by all!

April 2019

Plastics Collection

As part of the choir’s continued commitment to helping local charities (in addition to helping the environment) choir members are now collecting a variety of plastics for recycling to raise funds for “Brain Tumour Research and Support” (BTRS) a Leeds based charity which aims to support brain tumour patients and their families across Yorkshire and also helps fund Yorkshire's first brain tumour research lab at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine.

March 2019

Spring Voices

On a very cold and stormy Saturday evening in March, Denby Dale Ladies’ and New Mill Male Voice Choirs managed to bring a glow to the hearts of a packed audience during a joint concert at St John the Evangelist Church, Upper Denby.

March 2019

Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Concert

November saw a number of our members join other choirs from around the country to perform at the Royal Albert Hall, in aid of cancer research. The concert is held tri-annually and this year DDLC was one of only three choirs to be awarded a certificate by CRUK, for having sung at every concert since the concert's inception in 2000.

November 2018

Autumn Concert

"There were many positive comments and much praise for the ladies' singing as they joined forces with Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir to entertain an appreciative audience. Especially memorable with was a joint performance of "Sinjay" a traditional Zulu song complete with (almost) synchronised actions, the poor gents only being taught 'the moves' just minutes before performing. Well done gentlemen, a magnificent effort!

October 2018

Singing at “The Denby”

As part of its ongoing commitment to the local community the choir helped entertain residents at “The Denby” residential care home with an evening of songs from shows and other well known “favorites”. This is the second time the choir has sung at the home in what seems set to become a regular event.
June 2018

Mrs. Sunderland Festival 2018

Yet again, Denby Dale Ladies proved they were up there with the best, by taking third place in both the “Ladies Choir” and “Performance” classes despite formidable competition. In addition to commending their overall performance the adjudicator also praised the choir’s diction, phrasing and timing.

Chatsworth Saturday 9th December

Despite snow and freezing conditions intrepid choir members travelled to Chatsworth and braved the elements to perform a medley of Christmas pieces for visitors to the stately home. This is now the 5th time the choir has been invited to entertain visitors to Chatsworth, in what is becoming an annual event for the ladies.
December 9th 2017

50th Celebration concert October 2017

Denby Dale Ladies teamed up with Black Dyke Brass Band to stage a memorable evening of entertainment celebrating 50 golden years since the choir’s foundation. The concert show-cased songs from “stage and screen” sung by the choir and Black Dyke Band presented a range of pieces from their repertoire. The choir’s Musical Director, Soprano Sarah Ogden, also delighted the audience with her solos. In total over £800 was raised in aid of the Forget-me-not Hospice
October 2017

Three Choirs, One Cathedral

On Saturday night, Wakefield Cathedral was filled with glorious singing from three choirs who joined together to raise money for the Kirkwood and Wakefield Hospices. It was truly a special evening with all three choirs giving excellent performances to a capacity audience who, going by the length of applause, had a great night of entertainment. Our Musical Director, Soprano Sarah Ogden, also delighted the audience with her solos. The choirs and Sarah joined together to sing two joint items – Tell me it’s no true (from Blood Brothers) and How Great thou art in which they were accompanied by Cathedram organist Tom Moore.

‘Stunning’, ‘wonderful’, ‘marvellous’ and ‘superb’ were just a few of the words used by the audience to describe the evening as they left the cathedral.

April 29th 2017

Memorial Concert Denby Dale Chapel

The evening was a fitting memorial tribute to a wonderful choir member Dorothy Hunt, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Denby Dale Ladies Choir invited 'The Mastersingers' to be their guests for the evening. The ladies performed a varied repertoire from, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, She's Like a Swallow to Swing Low and Mr Blue Sky. A solo was performed by Pam, 'The Little Brown Bird', which apparently was one of Dorothy's favourites. The Mastersingers performed various songs from, I Got Rhythm, And so it goes to Reach for the Stars and Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a most enjoyable evening, but a poignant one too. Proceeds from the raffle will go to Dorothy's chosen charities which are RSPB and Kirkwood Hospice.

Thank you to everyone who made the evening such a wonderful experience.

November 12th 2016

Choir concert with Newquay MVC

On Saturday, 1st October, a very warm welcome was extended to Newquay Male Voice Choir when the gentlemen travelled from Cornwall to West Yorkshire to join Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir in concert. During Saturday the two choirs were hosted at Cannon Hall by ‘The Friends of Cannon Hall’ when they sang in the Great Hall. Newquay Male Voice choir sang Cornish songs, acapella style, and Denby Dale Ladies sang a varied programme, including some songs from the shows. On Saturday evening the two choirs gave a concert at Shelley Village Hall with a very entertaining programme, to the delight of the audience. James W Morgan was the Musical Director of Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir and Richard Braebrook the MD of Newquay Male Voice Choir. The audience were invited to join in some of the songs, along with the joint items like Morte Christe and Jerusalem.

The ladies provided supper, after which the gentlemen entertained with their Acapella group, Oll an Gwella (the old Cornish language, for All the Best). An invitation was extended to the ladies’ choir for a return visit to Newquay in two years’ time, by the spokesperson of the Newquay choir, Jim Christopher.

At this concert a presentation was made to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice representative, Mr David Simmonite who thanked Denby Dale Ladies’ for the £500 raised at a Queen Tea in June.

In the photograph from left to right:
Liz Booth, Chairperson of Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir presenting a cheque to the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice representative, Mr David Simmonite.
Newquay Male Voice Choir
Denby Dale Ladies’ Choir

Saturday 1st Octover 2016