The choir was formed in 1987 by a small band of enthusiasts in the Derbyshire Dales; the main aim being to enjoy singing together and to add to the musical life of the area. Since that time the Choir has grown into highly successful group of choristers from around beautiful Derbyshire
The Dalesmen rehearse at the Strutts Centre, Belper, every Monday evening throughout the year, under their Musical Director Richard Hayward, Deputy MD John Lloyd and Accompanists Bill Templeman and Patricia Affleck who together, ensure that the Choir maintains a full and varied programme of music, rehearsed to a very high standard.
The Dalesmen perform at around thirty events annually, supporting a wide range of charities and increasing its good reputation and popularity both on the concert platform and concert arena.
In recent years we have undertaken Concert Tours to Aberporth, Barnstaple, the Isle of Wight, the Dordogne region of France, Clonmel in County Tipperary, Suffolk, Harleston, Norfolk, Cornwall, the Eden Project, Llandudno, Glasgow and recently South Wales.
The Dalesmen have shared the concert stage with the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines School of Music in Derby Cathedral, The Band of The Grenadier Guards at Derby Assembly Rooms and on several occasions, with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra, which is led by our late President's son, Christopher Dean.
The Dalesmen MVC Student Award Competition
An annual music competition sponsored by The Dalesmen
The aim of the competition is to help young musicians in their development by giving them both a financial reward and a concert platform on which to perform and showcase their musical talents to a sizable audience
The competition is open to all Derbyshire based high school students in their final year (year 13)
The winner receives a cash prize of £500 to assist them with their further education and the 'Rev. Reg Dean Trophy' to hold for the year.
The competition takes place in the springtime and the winner is expected to perform ( two 10 minute sessions) later in the year at a significant concert hosted by the Dalesmen.
If you would like to compete for the opportunity to further your musical talent click here: Application