History of DaleDiva
Musical director Ally Law fulfills her dream of founding and directing her own chorus following her successful local newspaper and poster appeal: "Wanted - women who sing!" More than 80 women turned up to the open evening at Cromford Community Centre and DaleDiva was born!
DaleDiva makes its successful debut public appearance with 40 members as guest performers at a charity concert at Highfields School in Matlock.
The Divas are invited to take part in BBC TV's "Last Choir Standing" Big Screen event in Derby Market Place - a real coup so early in our singing career!
Now with 52 members the chorus stages its first "Diva for a Day" singing workshop at Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth where women and girls are invited to learn the song "Fame" with the Divas and perform it to an audience as part of Wirksworth Festival.
We stage our first annual show "Simply A-Cappella" at County Hall in Matlock - and have to add a matinee performance to our evening slot to cope with demand for tickets.
The Divas exceed all expectations to take a medal against stiff competition from some of the best choruses in the UK and the Netherlands at The Sage in Gateshead in their first "Sweet Adelines" International competition. DaleDiva wins third medal in its category and comes sixth overall - just five marks outside the overall medal places.
And just a week after international success at The Sage the Divas - now with 58 members - sweep the board closer to home winning three cups at Derby Music Festival with all scores in the 'outstanding' category of 91 or more out of 100.
We welcome dozens of women and girls to our second popular "Diva for a Day" singing workshop. The song this time is "You Can't Stop the Beat".
Definitely Diva CD coverLater on in the month we record our debut CD "Definitely Diva" - a 15-track album of a-cappella tracks including "Power of Love", "Lean on Me" and "One Voice".
The successful year continues as the Divas travel to Ireland to take two competition silvers at the Helix in Dublin competing against male and female choruses from Ireland, the UK and Scotland in the Irish Convention of Barbershop Singers 21st annual convention.
The Divas successfully make it through to the regional rounds of BBC Radio 3 "Choir of the Year" competition in Milton Keynes and beat off competition to be judged a "Choir of the Day" in the adult section.
We stage our second annual show "Simply A-Cappella 2" with matinee and evening performances at County Hall in Matlock.
Another impressive result in our second Convention at The Sage, Gateshead, coming 10th overall against stiff competition from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands.
After making a successful application we travel to Birmingham to take part in the regional auditions for Channel Five's search for Britain's best showchoir - "Don't Stop Believing". And a couple of weeks later we get the news we've been waiting for - we're through to the live TV heats of "Don't Stop Believing"!
Despite a tense build up we stage a show-stealing performance to be voted winners of our first live heat by the Great British public. Final here we come!
Up against all the heat winners we storm the live TV stage in a double sing-off to take the "Don't Stop Believing" title and album-recording prize. It's been an amazing rollercoaster ride and the pinnacle of our chorus career so far. The reaction which follows is absolutely fantastic.
For our third Diva for a Day singing workshop we choose the Take That hit "Shine". Once again we fill the hall at Anthony Gell School.
We're honoured to be asked to perform as part of BBC TV's annual "Children in Need" appeal at East Midlands Airport.
We move to Birmingham Symphony Hall for this year's Convention - and take a fantastic fifth place medal!
Due to our increased popularity following "Don't Stop Believing" we move our Diva for a Day workshop to a bigger venue at Derby Assembly Rooms where we coach around 300 women and girls how to sing and perform "Single Ladies" and "To Make You Feel My Love".
We stage our most ambitious annual show yet - "Believe" - entertaining 800 people in matinee and evening performances at Derby Theatre.
Once again we're asked to perform for BBC TV's Children In Need appeal on the live show for the East Midlands region at Loughborough University.
A busy festive weekend! We sing at Derby Christmas lights switch-on and share the same stage as X Factor winner Joe McElderry singing in the Westfield shopping centre. The next day we sing in Chesterfield Market Place as the Mayor switches on the town's festive lights.
Our fourth Convention - our venue again the fantastic stage at Birmingham Symphony Hall. The Divas sing their socks off to break the all important 600 point barrier and get our best ever result - a fourth place medal - at Convention.