HOME-GROWN women’s chorus DaleDiva have won a silver medal in an international singing competition in Ireland.
The group, which features singers from around the Ashbourne area, took on tough competition from England, Ireland and the Netherlands in the 24th Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention at the Theatre Royal in Waterford.
The Don’t Stop Believing winners were placed just five points behind the winners from Holland.
DaleDiva’s quartet Farenheit, made up of Ally Law, Amie Forster, Leisha Martin and Sue Kemp, also had a successful competition taking gold – their best result to date.
The success adds to DaleDiva’s other major achievement this year taking a silver medal at The Sage in Gateshead in May where they battled it out alongside 21 of some of the UK’s best choruses.
DaleDiva founder and musical director Ally Law (pictured) said: “We were so proud to represent Derbyshire in Ireland and bring home a silver medal.
“It was a fantastic result for us against such tough international competition and such great news to celebrate ahead of our major stage show at Derby Theatre in a couple of weeks where we will be performing the songs the judges scored so highly.”
The chorus is preparing to stage its fourth major stage show ‘Showtime!’ at Derby Theatre on Sunday, November 3.
Tickets are now on sale for matinee and evening performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
The show is being organised to celebrate six years of success for the four-part harmony group and will also feature female quartets Farenheit, Q Music and Starlight as well current bronze medal male vocal quartet HomeSpun.
In addition, Young Voices Unite junior and senior choirs will make their debut major public performances in the matinee.
DaleDiva currently has 74 members aged 23 to 71 from across Derbyshire.
To find out more about the forthcoming performance email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Derby Theatre box office on 01332 593939. To find out more about the group visit www.dalediva.com