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BelCanto 10th Birthday Celebration Concert October 12, 2019
What a wonderful afternoon of celebrations we enjoyed at St. Peter's Church on Saturday, 12 October 2019, as we celebrated our 10th Birthday.  ... [MORE]

Our late President, Mr. John Brian CROCKFORD April 23, 2019
We are sad to report that our president and founder member John Crockford passed away on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. Despite a long illness John hardly... [MORE]

Our Annual Post-Christmas Lunch was held on Sunday, 13 January 2019 at The Hurt Arms, Ambergate when 40 people sat down to a Carvery Meal together.I... [MORE]

Another super evening of entertainment. January 12, 2019
Following another super evening of music and laughter we have received this message from our friends at St. Faith's Church.  Well done everyone... [MORE]

WHAT A FABULOUS NIGHT December 01, 2018
This was another wonderful evening of music enjoyed by a large audience at St. Peter's Church, Belper.  BelCanto was pleased to support the fab... [MORE]

WEDDING at St. John the Divine Church, Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire August 04, 2018
BelCanto was delighted to be part of Claire Elizabeth Robertson and Alistair James Harrop-Griffiths' great day on Saturday, 4 August 2018 at the Chu... [MORE]

Fabulous Evening at Belper Festival with Margaret Keys May 05, 2018
BelCanto enjoyed a truly memorable evening of music at St. Peter's Church, Belper on Saturday, 5 May 2018 in the company of the superb Margaret Keys... [MORE]

The Spotted Cow, Holbrook December 01, 2017
This was the venue for a very uplifting evening of music when we sang to a packed pub of partygoers and diners.  We were very well received and... [MORE]

Concert at St. Faith's Church, Belper November 25, 2017
BelCanto thoroughly enjoyed singing in this beautiful little church and despite being somewhat short in numbers we were able to give of our best in ... [MORE]

Voices for Hospice - Thank You October 14, 2017
We now have a total of the money raised at the 9 concerts held last Saturday evening 14 October 2017.  I'm sorry it's taken a few dsays to send... [MORE]

BelCanto Annual General Meeting 2017 October 10, 2017
We held our Annual General Meeting on 10 October 2017, when it was repoorted that 2016/17 had proved a very satisfactory year for the Choir. T... [MORE]

'WOW' WHAT A NIGHT September 29, 2017
This proved a superb combination - the smooth and sophisticated barbershop sounds of "Ignite UK" and the eclectic melodies of BelCanto.  A la... [MORE]

BelCanto Sings for "Lions in the Park" August 26, 2017
2017 sees the 100th year of International Lions Clubs and on Saturday, 26 August 2017 the Derwent Valley Lions Club organised a special Centenary ev... [MORE]

Mayor of Belper's Charity Concert February 04, 2017
What a night of music this was.  Derwent Brass under MD Keith Leonard was absolutely superb, showing that Brass Band music can be beautifully g... [MORE]

Belper Tea Rooms - Restoration Fund January 14, 2017
BelCanto performed before a small but appreciative aidience at St. Peter's Church, Belper on Saturday, 14 January 2017.  The following message ... [MORE]

HEARTSONG December 15, 2016
This concert was performed on 15 December 2016 when about 90 people attended Belper School to support the School Choir and BelCanto in giving a love... [MORE]

Festive Concert at Edensor December 03, 2016
What a great evening we had at the Cavendish Hall, Edensor on Saturday, 3 December 2016, when we were invited by Rev. David Perkins to join with Bel... [MORE]

BelCanto Annual General Meeting 2016 October 26, 2016
The Election of Officers for 2017 was as follows:Chairman - Ged HeathTreasurer - Gordon BlountSecretary - Sid HarbeyLibrarian - Ron AllinsonConcert ... [MORE]

1st Duffield Arts Festival September 18, 2016
BelCanto was delighted to be invited to perform at the First Duffield Arts Festival on Sunday, 18 September 2016, when we sang at The Ecclesbourne S... [MORE]

Carol Singing at Denby Pottery December 20, 2015
We sang our hearts out on Saturday 5 and Sundays 6 and 20 December at Denby Pottery and appeared to be well received.  Here are a few pictures ... [MORE]

Honorary Life Member - Dave Martin October 13, 2015
At its Annual General Meeting held on 13 October 2015, BelCanto was pleased to unanimously confer upon Mr. Dave Martin a Honorary Life Membership. &... [MORE]

British Heart Foundation - Scarsdale Vets Charity Ball October 03, 2015
BelCanto were proud to be associated with Scarsdale Vet's 70th Birthday Charity Dinner and Ball in aid of the British Heart Foundation held at the M... [MORE]

Thanks from Newton & District Old People's Club September 14, 2015
We have received the following message of thanks from Barbara Mee of Newton & District Old People's Club"A belated thank you from the members of... [MORE]

BelCanto Wedding July 11, 2015
It isn't often the Choir has a wedding to celebrate but we are happy to announce that our newest member, Cavan Carey married Suzanne on Saturday, 11... [MORE]

John Harrop-Griffiths Memorial Concert April 24, 2015
A wonderful evening of music and memories with lots of humour was enjoyed by a packed audience at Christ Church, Belper, when we met to remember our... [MORE]

Concert at Stanley Common & Presentation of Help for Heroes Cheque December 12, 2014
BelCanto performed another superb concert at All Saints United Church, Stanley Common on Friday, 12 December 2014. The first half of the programme w... [MORE]

BelCanto Bids Farewell to Harold Weston November 25, 2014
It is with great sadness that we report that we have lost yet another Choir stalwart in Harold Edward Weston who passed away on 11 November 2014. &n... [MORE]

St. Annes Church, Ambergate November 21, 2014
BelCanto entertained our small group of friends at Ambergate on Friday, 21 November 2014 with a very well received concert of our current popular re... [MORE]

Rolls Royce Retired Staff Association- Cheque Presentation November 11, 2014
Following the highly successful "Only Remembered" performance at the Rolls Royce Pavilion, Derby in July, BelCanto was very grateful to the Rolls Ro... [MORE]

BelCanto's President October 24, 2014
On Friday, 24 October 2014, BelCanto performed its annual concert at St. Swithun's Church, Belper, during which it was pleased to confer the office ... [MORE]

Only Remembered October 01, 2014
BelCanto has come to the end of its run of 5 performances of "Only Remembered", the story of two Derbyshire lads, Billie (a farmer) and Joe (a miner... [MORE]

Christmas Carols at The Spanker December 17, 2013
Once again BelCanto was asked to entertain our friends at The Spanker Inn at Nether Heage and a very enjoyable evening it turned out to be.  Th... [MORE]

Christmas Concert at Stanley Common December 13, 2013
BelCanto again performed a lovely mixture of traditional and other music for our friends at Stanley Common.  The audience there is always warm ... [MORE]

Christmas Concert at Sawmills Village Hall December 10, 2013
It was with great pleasure that we were able to return to Sawmills for what may well become an annual event.  A thoroughly enjoyable evening of... [MORE]

The Loss of a Very Dear Friend - John Harrop-Griffiths December 06, 2013
BelCanto honoured John at his funeral service on 6 December at Christ Church, Belper when we performed "Dafydd y Garreg Wen" (David of the White Roc... [MORE]

Hatfield House Lane Methodist Church, Sheffield September 26, 2013
What a brilliant night we enjoyed at Hatfield House Lane Methodist Church.  A small audience thoroughly enjoyed an evening of good music and co... [MORE]

Concert at Ashbourne for Action for Children April 27, 2013
BelCanto gave an excellent performance at Ashbourne Methodist Church for this concert in aid of "Action for Children" (formerly National Childrens H... [MORE]

BelCanto Moves to Belper April 09, 2013
Because of increasing membership, with effect from Tuesday, 9 April 2013 BelCanto Is moving from its present home in Sawmills to new ... [MORE]

BelCanto Entertains the Residents at Holbrook Hall February 19, 2013
The Chorus was once again privileged to visit and entertain the senior citizens in residence at Holbrook Hall Old Peoples' Home.  The audience ... [MORE]

Charnwood Spiritualist Church, Derby February 02, 2013
The Choir thoroughtly enjoyed our concert in this lovely acoustic.  The audience was enthusiastic and undoubtedly enjoyed our entertainment. &n... [MORE]

BelCanto Performs well at "Home" December 18, 2012
Our hosts at Sawmills Village Hall invited us to perform a Christmas Concert for them to help raise funds for the Village Hall.  A packed audie... [MORE]

All Saints Church, Stanley Common December 07, 2012
"Fantastic feed back from all here at Stanley Common.  Well done everyone, it was a crackin night. One gentleman, who has seen us before, says... [MORE]

Rolls Royce "Proms" Concert November 09, 2012
We have received the following message from the organisers of this super evening - "Can I say a most sincere "thank you" for the all the work you pu... [MORE]

HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert at Belper June 02, 2012
BelCanto was very thrilled to take part in this great event to celebrate Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne.  The Concert was held at the bea... [MORE]

Super Concert at Mickleover Methodist Church May 19, 2012
BelCanto performed a full programme of their music for this concert in the lovely surroundings of Mickleover Methodist Church.  Choral items, m... [MORE]

BelCanto wows the Old Ashburnians May 04, 2012
Being a member of the Old Ashburnian Society (former pupil at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Ashbourne), I was particularly pleased when they acc... [MORE]

BelCanto Produces a Rolls Royce (Concert) April 18, 2012
This was a lovely evening of choral music, solos, monologues and humour, which was very well received by our audience.  The organiser... [MORE]

Christmas Music at The Spanker, Nether Heage. December 13, 2011
Danielle, the landlady at The Spanker was delighted with our performance last night and wants us to go again on one of their regular music nights (T... [MORE]

BelCanto Raises £400 for Helen's Trust December 11, 2011
A small group of BelCanto members together with MD, Andrew and Accompanist, Sian, performed three x 45-minute slots of mainly Christmas Music to ent... [MORE]

BelCanto in Sheffield November 03, 2011
BelCanto ventured over the borders of South Yorkshire on Thursday to perform a concert at Hatfield House Lane Methodist Church, Sheffield and what a... [MORE]

Purchase of New Keyboard August 06, 2011
When we first got together as a group, our MD, Andrew, kindly made his own keyboard available for use by BelCanto.  We resolved ... [MORE]

New Music Stand Embroidery June 11, 2011
At the Concert at Ashbourne on Saturday, 11 June 2011, BelCanto was pleased to acknowledge receipt of the gift of a new Music Stand Embroidery. ... [MORE]

BelCanto in "Action for Children" Concert June 11, 2011
BelCanto was pleased to perform a concert at Ashbourne Methodist Church on Saturday, 11 June 2011, in aid of "Action for Children" (the Children's C... [MORE]

BelCanto entertains at Golden Wedding Celebrations May 25, 2011
BelCanto enjoyed a lovely evening with friends at St. Anne's Church, Ambergate to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Yvonne and Cyril Wilke... [MORE]

BelCanto entertains Senior Citizens of Newton and District April 11, 2011
On Monday evening, 11 April 2011, BelCanto performed a superb concert at Newton Community Centre to a packed audience of the Newton & District... [MORE]

Mayor’s Money Raising Concert Great Success April 02, 2011
Andy Pollock, Mayor of Wirksworth, organised a Charity Concert on Saturday, 2 April, at the Town Hall, featuring two local Choirs - namely, Rais... [MORE]

BelCanto sing at Service of Remembrance March 31, 2011
My family recently lost a very dear friend, Susan Gill, through Cancer.  Because of her illness, Sue had never been able to come to one of... [MORE]

BelCanto St. Valentine Concert Loved By All February 11, 2011
BelCanto performed their second concert of the year, at All Saints Church, Stanley Common on Friday night. One of the choir members, Neil Hartshor... [MORE]

BelCanto secures Grassroots Grant February 03, 2011
BelCanto is pleased to report that we have been awarded a grant of £1,000 by the Derbyshire Community Foundation.  The money has... [MORE]

BelCanto shivers into 2011 programme January 23, 2011
On Saturday, 22 January BelCanto performed at St. Osmund’s Church, Wilmorton, Derby. It was a bitterly cold evening and the interior of the ch... [MORE]

Happy Birthday, BelCanto November 19, 2010
At its first Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 16 November 2010, Chairman John Crockford wished BelCanto a happy birthday on completion of it’... [MORE]

Belper Concert a Resounding Success October 29, 2010
BelCanto celebrated its 1st Birthday, with its first concert in Belper on Friday, 29 October at St Swithun’s Church. The group sang a wide range... [MORE]

BelCanto Harvests the Applause September 20, 2010
BelCanto held its second concert at All Saints Church Hall, Matlock on Monday 20 September. The choir was asked to perform to make the All Saints... [MORE]

First Concert Hits all the Right Notes June 30, 2010
On a beautiful summer evening at St Anne's Church Ambergate, BelCanto entertained a packed church with its first concert. Musical Director, Andrew ... [MORE]