Derbyshire Associate Choir



A Musical Community Without Barriers

The Derbyshire Associate Choir welcomes people aged 25 years and under, and their families/ carers. It is administered by Music Education Hubs East Midlands (MEHEM) and Derbyshire Music Education Hub, and supported by Soundabout.


The choir celebrates that everyone has their own way of sharing their voice. Here are a few examples of ways you could join in:

  • Singing or vocalisations
  • Making sounds with an instrument or sound maker
  • Using technology e.g. an iPad or EyeGaze
  • Movement and dance
  • Signing; We use a mix of movement, BSL, Signalong and Makaton to interpret lyrics*

By welcoming all voices we aim to be as inclusive as possible, and actively try to remove barriers to participation from those with severe and profound learning disabilities. 

The choir sings songs chosen by members and occasionally writes their own songs. Every piece of music is designed so that members can be involved in their own way. 

The choir is free to join, there are no auditions, and you do not need to be able to read music notation.

If you have any questions, please get in touch directly with the hub via this link.

*We do not claim to be Makaton, Signalong or BSL accredited. We work closely with volunteers, choir members and use resources available on YouTube to create our signing videos and inform our delivery. Our aim is to support musical engagement and enjoyment through movement. Please visit MakatonSignalong and/or BSL for more information and more accredited ways to learn. 

When & Where?

They are offering a mixture of face-to-face and virtual rehearsals so that you can join in however is best for you!

Face-to-Face Rehearsals 

Derbyshire choir has face-to-face rehearsals on a half-termly basis.

Virtual Rehearsals

Upcoming Rehearsal Dates

Online choir dates can be found on the East Midlands Inclusive Choir Page

Please get in touch with Derbyshire Music Education Hub for 2024 in person rehearsal dates.


What is it like to be a Choir Member?

September by the MAC-Soundabout West Midlands and Leicestershire Inclusive Choirs
‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’ by The King’s Singers, Soundabout Choirs & Friends

The sense of achievement when the others have enjoyed his performance. Immense pride …

To see my daughter’s face light up when she was asked to play her ukulele was priceless …

I heard my son sing quite a lot and attempt to join in at times. He also tried to sign, which he hasn’t engaged with before.

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