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Royal & Derngate Community Choir summer masterclasses and relaunch

As we look forward to celebrating the return of Royal & Derngate Community Choir (RDCC) to the building this September, we are hosting a short series of online Masterclasses through the summer, featuring three legends from the music industry, Ruby Turner, Daniel Thomasand Bazil Meade. Places for the masterclasses can be booked by members of the public and prospective new choir members, as well as by current choir participants.

The series of online events starts on Thu 29 July with a singing masterclass led by Daniel Thomas, who has served as choir director of the London Community Gospel Choir and currently oversees Brighton Goes Gospel and The House Gospel Choir, among others.

Thu 5 August sees singing sensation Ruby Turner MBE take part in an exclusive Q&A session. Ruby’s prolific career includes many appearances with Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra.

On Thu 12 August the charismatic vocalist and pianist Bazil Meade MBE, leader of the London Community Gospel Choir, will host a gospel singing masterclass.

Tickets for the masterclass can be booked here 

RDCC Project Manager Janet Gordon explains: “After 18 months of being unable to meet together to sing in the theatre, we’re so excited to be working on plans for the choir to return in the autumn and restart our regular weekly singing sessions. In advance of that, these exclusive masterclasses, led by some amazingly talented singers, will be a great opportunity to reunite our wonderful members and welcome potential new members as well.”

Having started life as a seven week project, to coincide with the theatre’s redevelopment in 2005, RDCC evolved into a weekly activity for hundreds of individuals. Though their foundation was based in gospel music, their repertoire has widened to include soul, jazz, reggae and pop and they have even had a go at opera!

The new look RDCC will continue to perform a vibrant annual concert as well as selected pre-show performances in the foyer, and some exciting new creative artistic opportunities will be introduced. Membership is diverse in terms of age and culture, made up of individuals from the local community who all share a passion for singing.New members will be very welcome and there is no audition required to join.

The summer singing masterclasses will be held on Zoom, at 7pm, on 29 July, 5 August and 12 August. Places are just £10 for each masterclass (or £25 if booking all three) and can be booked online here or by calling Box Office on 01604 624811.

For more information about the masterclasses, or to join the choir, call RDCC Project Manager Janet Gordon on 07789 373989 or email [email protected]