Directed by William Prideaux, Peterborough Voices is an award-winning women’s choir with an impressive concert schedule and a growing record of national and international competition success.
They have collaborated with world-renowned performance partners including Bernie Nolan, classical crossover group Blake, the King’s Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Band of the RAF Regiment and the BBC Concert Orchestra – among others – and their performances are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
The choir is made up of talented and enthusiastic women from all walks of life and of all ages, with a high proportion of younger members, and welcomes singers with differing levels of previous experience, including none! Professional training and support is provided, enabling new members to develop their skills very quickly.
Peterborough Voices aims to be accessible to as broad a cross-section of women as possible, and their phenomenally successful pop-up project Sing for Life has introduced hundreds of local women to the joys of group singing, providing the choir with valued new members and raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity in the process. Sing for Life 2017 launches in July, in support of Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice.
The choir’s story began in 2011 with the very first Sing for Life project, organised by Peterborough Male Voice Choir, which aimed to recruit 40 women for a three-month project supporting Cancer Research UK. After an overwhelming response, with 220 applicants coming along to the auditions, a group of 120 women performed with Bernie Nolan at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Auditorium in October 2011. They wanted to continue, and so Peterborough Voices was born!
In 2013 Peterborough Voices undertook their first overseas tour, visiting Italy to perform in Florence and Arezzo and to sing mass at Siena Cathedral.
In 2016 Peterborough Voices were awarded a silver diploma at the prestigious Interkultur Canta al Mar international choral competition in Calella, Spain.
In 2017 they won the Women’s Voices and Show Tunes classes at the 2017 Oundle Festival of Music and Drama, and were awarded the Weekley and Warkton Rosebowl for the highest mark awarded on ‘choirs day’.
Also in 2017, they won the Female Voice class at the prestigious Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, where they were awarded the coveted Gold Cup for the most memorable performance on ‘choirs day’.
Our Performance Partners
The Brighouse and Rastrick Band
Black Dyke Band
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The BBC Concert Orchestra