Kaleidoscope Community Choir

Kaleidoscope Community Choir is seeking a new Musical Director from September 2024. We are looking for a leader to replace Frances Watt who is leaving the Choir after 6 years. If you are interested in this position, or know anyone who may be, please message us via chair@kcm-music-derby.org.uk and we will send you more information.


We love making a mighty and harmonious sound! There are no auditions, and you don’t need a fabulous voice to join us (although you will probably develop one after singing with us for a while!)

Our leader is Frances Watt, who has a great deal of experience in leading choirs such as ours We meet every Thursday for a fast paced and exhilarating evening of song. We sing a wide range of songs: traditional and modern, from Britain and around the World, in three or four part harmony (and occasionally in unison).  We usually sing a cappella (unaccompanied).  Sometimes we use a score (written music) to help learn the songs, but you don’t need to be able to read music as all parts are also taught by ear.

The Summer Term 2024 is from 11th April to 18th July

We meet on Thursday evenings from 7:45 – 9.30pm at the Multi-Faith Centre, University of Derby,  Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB.  There is ample parking at the University; it is also served by the Trent Barton Allestree bus which stops outside, and  by the Unibus, which comes direct to the door.

Sessions cost : £7.00 and, if you can, please pay up front for four sessions by cheque made payable to Kaleidoscope Community Music Ltd.  Cash and Bank transfer also available.

We do not have refreshment facilities, so we ask all singers to bring their own drinks with them.

The Choir on June 9th 2022

We always start with an enjoyable variety of warm-ups and vocal techniques to strengthen, protect and enhance our voices.  Our weekly attendance is between 20 and 30, with a good mixture of voices in all parts, and we sing because we enjoy it.

Listen to samples of the choir’s repertoire on the choir’s Recordings page.


We keep performances to a few times a year and these events are, of course, optional.  When we do perform, performances are open to all members, but are not compulsory.  We ask choir members to sign up for performances, and we ask those who have signed up to attend sessions regularly; this helps Frances to prepare the choir.  Our dress code for performances is black trousers/skirt and a plain, brightly-coloured top. 

About Our Choir Director – Frances Watt

Frances Watt became Kaleidoscope Choir leader in June 2018. She also runs a choir in Belper, and is involved in managing various arts based projects and activities in Derbyshire and beyond.


If you’d like to come and try us, just turn up but if you’d like more details not mentioned here please email: choir@kcm-music-derby.org.uk