A Fond Farewell to Kate
12th March 2022
Cheshire A Cappella held a farewell show for our fabulous Musical Director Kate Shipway who is stepping down after 5 and a half years of leading the chorus. We performed a range of songs from our repertoire to an audience of friends, family and previous chorus members (some of whom joined us on stage, which was fabulous!)
There were plenty of delicious homemade cakes and fizz, as well as photos and reminiscing, creating a lovely atmosphere to wish Kate all the very best and to thank her for all her hard work and dedication to Cheshire A Cappella over the years, and for pushing us to be the best we can be.
We wish you all the very best for the future, Kate, and we will keep in touch!
12th December 2021
Once again we were compromised by increased Covid numbers and it was a very scaled-down version of our normal event - just one hour singing our Christmas repertoire, with some sing-along songs accompanied by our ukulele players. But how wonderful to be singing to an audience again! Very uplifting for us all, and hopefully it got the audience into the Christmas spirit too!
30th October 2021
LABBS convention was once more cancelled due to Covid concerns, replaced by a series of regional events. In the run-up to the big day most choruses dropped out of our event, leaving only ourselves and Affinity Show Choir. But what a great and joyful day of singing and togetherness we had!
Seasons of Love
We are delighted and proud to present our virtual choir performance of Seasons of Love, a beautiful song from the hit Broadway musical Rent.
We commissioned this four-part harmony arrangement of the song in memory of our dear friend Helen Reid, formerly a member of our bass section who died in 2018.
We learned the song in early 2020. Then lockdown happened and we haven't been able to sing together since, so we decided to create this recording of our special song. Each member submitted their own separate recording and they were all merged together to produce a single performance.
Many thanks to our director Kate for the hours and hours of editing to produce the final result, and to Liz Garnett for arranging the song so beautifully for us.
The recording was also our contribution to the LABBS Big Weekend, which took place in October 2020.
LABBS Big Weekend
30th October to 1st November 2020
The annual LABBS Convention couldn't take place this year, due to Covid restrictions, so instead we had the LABBS Big Weekend! It was three full days of events taking place online, from quartet and chorus video performances to a variety of fringe events, workshops, keynote sessions with world-class barbershop coaches and so much more.
We were delighted to present our 'virtual choir' performance of Seasons of Love as our own contribution.
Huge congratulations to our wonderful musical director Kate, who married the lovely Pete on Saturday 29th August 2020. We wish you both every happiness for the future, and we're looking forward to joining in with more celebrations next year.
Hazel Grove Musical Festival
29th February 2020
We were delighted to take third place in the Hazel Grove Musical Festival. It was particularly special for us as it was our first public performance of 'Seasons of Love', a beautiful song which has been arranged for us in memory of Helen Reid, our dear friend and member of the bass section, who sadly died in 2018.
We are delighted to be joined by seven new members following our recruitment day in January. Huge welcome to Tricia, Sian, Hilary, Ann, Sue, Stephanie and Kvetka, it's great to have you with us!
11th January 2020
It was lovely to see so many new faces at our open day. We had such a great day, learning a new song together and getting to know each other. We're looking forward to making more progress over the next few weeks.
Anyone who missed the open day but is interested in joining us is very welcome to come along to any of our Wednesday night rehearsals. Get in touch here.
8th December 2019
It was a full house on Sunday 8th December for the Cheshire A Cappella Christmas show! We had plenty of Christmas songs to get us into the festive mood, and an audience singalong accompanied by our very own ukulele group. We welcomed fabulous guest quartets SK4 and Revolution and enjoyed a reading from the lovely Karen, who was celebrating her special birthday that very day!
Christmas Singout at Wilmslow Garden Centre
1st December 2019
A lovely afternoon at Wilmslow Garden Centre, singing Christmas songs and collecting on behalf of local charity the Seashell Trust. Our first festive singout of the season!
25th to 27th October 2019
We had a fantastic weekend in Llandudno, competing in the 2019 LABBS Convention with 27 other choruses from across the UK. It was an exhilarating experience, and a privilege to share the stage with such amazing talent.
A recording of our performance can be seen here
7th & 8th September 2019
We had a great retreat weekend, with coaching from Jo Braham and Sandra Lea-Riley in preparation for LABBS Convention at the end of October. Full-on hard work but such fun and so rewarding, with plenty of cake to help us through... there was even prosecco!
Visit to Jersey
16th to 17th March 2019
We were delighted to be invited to spend a weekend singing in the beautiful island of Jersey. We were guests of the well-renowned choir Les Conteurs Singers at their concert in the parish of St. Martin, and performed in our own singout at a tea-and-cakes event in St. Aubin the following afternoon.