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Spectacular barbershop proposal hits the right note

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  • Feb 01, 2018



A member of Lace City Chorus had the shock of her life during the Christmas concert when her long term partner appeared on stage in front of 600 people to pop the big question

Emily Dunn, 25, was singing on stage surrounded by 80 chorus members when Jay Johnson, 27, walked onto the stage at the Albert Hall in Nottingham to ask her to be his wife. 

The magical moment was captured on camera and the video shows Emily’s complete shock as well as the support, love and friendship from other members of the chorus. 

Lace City Chorus brings home the Gold!

Earlier this month, we won gold at the women’s barbershop championships earning us the title of the UK and Netherlands champions. The medal also means that we will represent the UK at the international contest in America next year.

The World for Christmas

A cappella singers, Lace City Chorus, are returning to the stage with a show packed full of Christmas magic. The performance will take you on a journey of Christmas traditions from around the world, with some of the chorus’ dynamic show songs thrown in too.

Tickets are now available to buy here

Arnold Hill Academy, Gedling Road, NG5 6NZ
Sunday 11 December at 2.30pm
Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 for children aged 16 and under 

Sing This Summer!

Lace City Chorus is inviting women of all ages and backgrounds to join them to Sing This Summer.  Girls aged 14yrs and upwards are also welcome to attend.  Come along and learn the chart topping song ‘Hold My Hand’ by Jess Glynne in 4 part acappella harmony.  It doesn’t matter whether you have any singing experience, or even if you think you can’t sing.  This is a brilliant opportunity to come and have fun and experience the joy of singing in harmony with a large, friendly chorus.

The Most Exciting News Ever!

Lace City Chorus are delighted to announce that Ellie Blackeby has been appointed as the chorus Musical Director.

Ellie has led the chorus in her role as Interim Musical Director since May 2020 and accepted the role permanently this week. 

Deborah Pollard, Management Team Coordinator said: “I have seen Ellie grow as a barbershopper and leader over many years, I know we couldn't wish for a better person to take on this role. Ellie has a deep passion for the chorus and cares about every member. She has demonstrated inspirational musical leadership and unparalleled pastoral care for chorus members. Lace City is in safe hands as we move forward together.”

Learn to Love Your Voice!

Lace City Chorus is a highly successful acapella chorus based in the county of Nottinghamshire, UK. During the Covid-19 pandemic we have taken our rehearsals online using "Zoom" video conferencing.

Despite not being able to sing in person, we haven't let it stop us from learning new songs, developing our singing skills and having fun together.

We want to extend this experience to YOU by inviting you to join our three week 'love your voice' event. This will allow you to learn two songs with the regular chorus, learn how to make the best of your voice and take part in a virtual recording. 

We celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, so regardless of your experience or type of voice, try it out for three weeks and become a part of creating something beautiful. 

Sing We Noel!

Grab a glass of mulled wine, get cosy on your sofa and watch our gift to you. We recorded this song to wish our friends and family Merry Christmas. 

Christmas isn’t going to be what we’d hoped this year but however you’re celebrating may your Christmas be filled with laughter and cheer. 


*Try something new in 2021*

Successful open rehearsal on Zoom

We were delighted to welcome 72 new faces as we virtually opened the doors of zoom and hosted an open rehearsal. 

Visitors were given a taste of a virtual Lace City Chorus rehearsal which included an opportunity to explore their voice using a simple exercise. They then chose a voice part and in four break out rooms the Basses, Baritones, Leads and Tenors learnt a section of the Greatest Showman hit, This Is Me. After only 20 minutes everyone came together and sang through the song in four part harmony. 

While the chorus aren’t able to meet in person we are still rehearsing each week. Members dial in from the comfort of their own homes and then it’s business as usual with a check in, physical and vocal warm up and dedicated music development. 

Music Director Appreciation Week

Click below to see our Interim Music Director, Ellie Blackeby, talk to Zac Booles, Director of Ignite UK about the challenges of taking over as MD before and during lockdown, and I'm sure you'll appreciate her as much as we all do. Thanks Ellie, for everything you do for Lace City!

A big thank you too, to Helen Abbot our Assistant Director, to Mel King our development lead, and to our wonderful section leaders and others involved in the musical leadership of the chorus. We love and appreciate you all. Thank you for keeping us singing throughout the Pandemic. We can't wait to be back together in person to give you all a big hug!