The DGS/DHS Choral Society is looking forward to performing Haydn’s Nelson Mass at the annual concert at Derby Cathedral on Saturday 7 March. But what is the Joint Choral Society (JCS), and how can you get involved?

The JCS comprises Senior School pupils (Year 7 to 13), staff, parents and family members from Derby Grammar School and Derby High School. It was formed a number of years ago and is led by the Heads of Music at each school, Mr Temple and Mr Coley.

Do you need to be a good singer?

Not at all! We are not after professional singers. We welcome car singers, shower singers – in fact, anyone who enjoys a good sing-song and fine music. The choir is about singing for enjoyment with a group of like-minded people, and having fun whilst doing so.

No previous experience is necessary, all we ask for is an enjoyment of singing and a basic ability to follow notes on printed music.

The JCS rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7 January to 3 March, before the performance on Saturday 7 March at Derby Cathedral. Full details are below.

Everyone is welcome!

We always welcome new faces, and look forward to seeing our ‘regulars’ return.

If you’re unsure about taking the first step, take a look at these quotes from choir members to give you a flavour of JCS:

“I joined Joint Choral for the first time last year and was a bit nervous. But right from the start I was made to feel so welcome. I enjoyed the experience so much that I’m back again this year!”

“I loved to sing as a child and always performed in school musicals, Joint Choral has given me the opportunity to sing again, and I love it”

“I didn’t think I was good enough for Joint Choral, but another parent encouraged me to give it a try last year and now I’m hooked and looking forward to performing again at the Cathedral in March”

“A great chance to sing in the Derby Cathedral”

“Rehearsals are only once a week for a few weeks and then it’s the concert. A great chance to see if you like singing in a choir without a long term commitment”

What to do next

If you would like to join the DGS/DHS Choral Society for this year’s concert, please complete this quick online form

Parents and teachers joining the choir will be asked to make a contribution towards costs of £10. This will be collected during rehearsals.

Rehearsal and performance information

Rehearsals at 7 – 9pm at Derby High School

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28
  • February 4
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 3

 Provisional ‘on the day’ information, at Derby Cathedral:

  • 12.30pm Rehearsals with orchestra and concerto soloists
  • 1.30pm Intermediate/chapel student choir arrive
  • 2.15pm Main Choir for Nelson Mass arrive
  • 4.30pm Rehearsal finishes
  • 7.00pm Concert starts

Tickets for the performance will be on sale soon.

From the 2019 concert

Joint Choral Society