Derby Hospitals Choir was originally formed in 1983 to perform a ‘one-off’ concert to raise money for the Macmillan Continuing Care Unit. It was so enjoyable that a committee was formed and another concert was arranged for Christmas 1984 – the rest is history! 2012 saw the Choir celebrate its 30th Anniversary Concert which raised a record £10,000 for the Royal Derby Hospital Respiratory Unit. Last year we presented two Tandem Buggies to the Hospital Volunteers from our December 2016 Concert and our 2017 Concert has raised money for the Royal Derby Hospital Dementia Unit (see the Blog). With over 100 members who enjoy singing and raising money for health related charities based in and around Derby, we are looking forward to another successful event this year.
In the first few years, the choir was made up mainly of staff from the Health Service. In 1986, there were mostly nurses in the choir with a few doctors, ambulance staff, administrative staff, and other health workers, all of whom wore their uniforms when performing. As the Choir is now made up of fewer medically qualified staff, we now all wear black skirts or trousers, and white blouses or shirts – bright bow ties for the men and red scarves for the ladies.
Our annual Christmas Concert is usually performed at Derby Cathedral as near to Christmas as we can arrange it and weekly rehearsals start in September at the Broadway Baptist Church. The purpose of this concert is to provide a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all the family, as well as to raise money for a local healthcare based charity within Derby and Southern Derbyshire. The choir has sung for a charity every year since that first concert in 1983, and so far has raised well over £170,000.
The Choir committee meets monthly throughout the year. A decision on which charity to support is made early in the New Year and the music programme for the Christmas Concert is agreed in June. The choir welcomes applications for support from the Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and any local charities concerned with the health of the people of Derby and surrounding areas. As mentioned, applications are considered early in the New Year and should you wish to put forward your charity for consideration then please email us using the contact page.