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April'13: The choir singing Bach Mass in B minor in Derby Cathedral with Richard Dacey (Musical Director) conducting.

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Introduction Meet our Patron and Conductor, and see where we sing.
At a glance Facts & figures résumé.
Main players "...the wonderful Derby Choral Union - one of Britain's longest established groups and still very healthy today, and of which I'm proud to be a Patron". Dame Emma Kirkby.
The Music we sing Why not enjoy listening to some samples of the choir singing at recent concerts?
Our history Fact: The DCU shares with very few other major choirs the distinction of having continued to give at least two concerts each season during both world wars.

Interesting fact....
The Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York City, also founded in 1866, is the oldest glee club not associated with a university in the United States. An early men's glee club that travelled up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States, it helped to popularize classical music before symphony orchestras were widespread.
 
Here are some extracts from the reviews after recent concerts:
Bach B minor Mass: The choir delivered its usual robust performance.
"Derby Choral Union, under conductor Richard Dacey, and an excellent team of soloists, gave a generally well paced account that successfully negotiated its switches of style."
Spring concert 2013.
Great Conviction
"Mozart’s Mass in C Minor may be incomplete but what there is, is a masterpiece. Derby Choral Union’s performance (apparently only their second ever) with Musical Director Richard Dacey was well-grounded and often inspired."
Spring concert 2012.
"Derby Choral Union’s way with Handel’s Messiah has been honed over the years into something fresh and alert. Right from the crisp account of the opening Sinfony, their latest performance maintained that track record."
Christmas concert 2011.
Todd Mass in Blue: "Under conductor Richard Dacey, Derby Choral Union rose magnificently to the occasion, with punchy, energetic singing that carried complete conviction in what, for some, was no doubt an unfamiliar idiom."
Jazz choral concert, 2011.
"Derby Choral Union’s taut, pacy account of Mozart’s Requiem was impressive testimony to their continually rising standards."
Autumn concert 2010.
We look forward to seeing you at our next performance!
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