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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. 

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!





Virtual performance of Can't Buy Me Love

Throughout lockdown the Lace City Chorus held weekly rehearsals via Zoom to help keep the members connected, spirits up, and provide them an opportunity to grow as singers. 

The chorus are unable to hold concerts this year due to Covid-19 restrictions so they have decided to dedicate an online performance and help raise funds for the Nottingham founded charity When You Wish Upon a Star.  Each chorus member has made an audio and video recording and with the expertise of a fellow barbershop singer they have created this virtual choir performance of The Beatles classic ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. 

Lace City Tribute to Glenn Chaney


A few weeks ago we held a party, via Zoom, to say farewell and thank you to our friend, mentor and creator of Lace City Chorus, Mr Glenn Chaney. Glenn retired this year after 27 years as Musical Director of the chorus. Throughout his barbershop career he has enriched the lives of so many people through his passion and genuine love for making music.

Glenn is described as a gentleman, a pioneer, gracious and ambitious.

Ellie Blackeby appointed Interim Music Director

We’re delighted to announce that Ellie Blackeby has been appointed as interim Musical Director of Lace City Chorus. Ellie is exceptionally talented, experienced and inspirational and we’re very excited to grow under her leadership. 


Ellie has been a member of Lace City since she was 14 and has led the bass section and been assistant director for many years. She has a wealth of experience and has competed internationally with the chorus and in various quartets.