About Heartbeat Chorus
It’s all about the singing…
Who are we?
Heartbeat Chorus has approximately 70 members. The chorus is based in Marple in Stockport. Its members, whose ages range from 20s to 70s, come from the surrounding areas as well as some travelling from Bolton and Derbyshire.
We are all amateurs and there is no requirement to read music or to have sung previously to join the chorus. Many of our members haven’t sung since school. We aim to sing at a high level but also find that working together, making friends and singing in harmony is life enhancing for confidence, life skills, friendship and fun.
In Heartbeat Chorus we work hard and are committed to improving our a cappella skills and we work regularly with top singing coaches from the UK and abroad.
Nancy Kelsall has been our director since 2010 and she has a background as a singing judge within LABBS (Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers). Our assistant MD is Emma Shanks, who is a noise & vibration scientist. Her musical & technical knowledge are invaluable to the Chorus. We also have a presentation team led by Sandra Lea-Riley, and our songs are enhanced by the performance skills and choreography that Sandra coaches us on. Sandra is also a presentation judge within LABBS. All 3 are champion quartet singers.
- Sweet Adelines Region 31 Champions 2015
- International Eisteddfod, Langollen – Silver 2014
- European Bronze medallists 2013
- Sweet Adelines Region 31 Bronze medallists 2013
- North Wales Music Festival – Champions (two classes) 2012
- SABS (Spanish barbershop association) – International Champions 2012
- Majestic Tours Choral Champions 2011
The Heartbeat Story
Heartbeat Chorus started life in 1998 with a very small group of 6 core members, under the direction of founder Lesley Carson.
During the period of Lesley’s direction the chorus grew gradually, developed both its barbershop and choral repertoire and joined and left LABBs, the UK Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. After a period as an independent group Heartbeat joined the prestigious international organisation known as Sweet Adelines. 2008, the chorus’s 10th anniversary year, was fairly momentous, with the chorus putting on its first major show at the Plaza in Stockport and achieving a fantastic first time competition placing of 6th in our region.
In 2010 Heartbeat appointed multi-award winning quartet member and LABBS singing judge Nancy Kelsall as director.
Under Nancy’s directorship the chorus has continued to broaden our repertoire and develop our musical skills. We have gone from strength to strength, and have grown rapidly, now numbering just over 70 members. We have continued to enjoy success in regional competitions. Achieving a score of 607 in 2012 enabled Nancy to achieve accreditation as a master director, which was recognition for hours of study and hard work!
Finally, in 2013, we entered the large chorus category and achieved a bronze medal with our highest ever score of 625 points, which won us an invitation to compete in Hawaii, which sadly we were unable to accept. However, having had a year’s break to focus on raising our standard ever higher, we were back competing in Nottingham in May 2015 and became national champions, winning a place at International in Las Vegas in 2016.