In 2010 LipService's Desperate to be Doris, a musical inspired by the songs of Doris Day, came to Harrogate Theatre. As part of the show, a chorus of enthusiastic local people was assembled to accompany the solo singers. Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, several members decided to continue singing as a choir after the production; a professional choir leader and expert accompanist were recruited and the Harrogate Theatre Choir was born.
Singing a wide variety of modern and traditional songs with the emphasis on strong melody, the choir's repertoire comprises classic, show and pop tunes, including, I Am a Small Part of the World, You Raise me Up, Count Your Blessings, Wayfarin' Stranger, Love Changes Everything, Flying Free, Fields Of Gold, and Speed Your Journey. After initially singing mainly in unison, the choir is now skilled in singing in harmony.
The choir has sung at the theatre on many occasions, greeting audiences with song as they arrive for a performance. As well as continuing to build strong links with Harrogate Theatre, the choir is keen to entertain new audiences and has links with several sheltered housing schemes where it entertains the residents. It has also sung onstage with British vocal group Blake, provided backing vocals for local rock band Kassius's debut EP, Overload, and entertained the crowds at Valley Gardens' hugely popular 40's Day.
Since its genesis in 2010, choir membership has risen from 10 to a rotating cast of 30, with an average of 24 attending each rehearsal.
For more information visit the Harrogate Theatre Choir Website at www.harrogatetheatrechoir.co.uk