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Lace City Chorus

The only barbershop chorus for women in Nottinghamshire was founded in 1992 by a group of teachers and students at Arnold Hill Comprehensive School. After two years of lunchtime rehearsals at the school, there was a need to take it all rather more seriously and the Lace City Chorus was born. Lace City Chorus now has around 70 members from all over the East Midlands. Our members are not professional musicians but women of all musical abilities, backgrounds, and of all ages, (from teens to eighties) who join us to sing, develop their skills, have fun and make lifelong friendships. 

Membership is open to singers of all marginalized genders who are comfortable singing somewhere in the SSAA range, which may include cis women, trans people of all gender identities, non-binary people, and gender fluid people. We recognise and value people of all backgrounds, life experiences, preferences and beliefs, and seek to provide a choral experience that is safe and inclusive for all.  We are committed to selecting music that is inclusive and respectful in relation to race, gender, orientation, and all marginalized groups.

These days the chorus is highly regarded as one of the premier barbershop choruses in Europe, having won the regional championships (UK, Ireland and the Netherlands)  an unprecedented seven times. These successes have led to the chorus competing at the Sweet Adelines International Convention (the 'world championships' of Barbershop) in Detroit in 2005, Calgary in 2007, Nashville in 2009, Houston in 2011 , Las Vegas in 2015 and St Louis in 2018 and following our win at the 2023 regional convention we are looking forward to competing in Kansas City Missouri in October this year!

We welcome new member enquiriesrequests for performances, and friends or sponsors.

We rehearse at Colonel Frank Seely School in Calverton, Nottinghamshire on Wednesday nights from 7.15 - 10.00. Visitors are encouraged. Why not drop by and watch us rehearse - you will see why we love what we do!