The story so far ...
something to sing about
We have a new name! Originally called "Vocal Academy" we are now proud to call oursleves "Ouse Vally Chorus". The change in name was to help people understand who we are, what we do and where we do it without knowing anything about us other than our name.
Based in Huntingdon, Ouse Valley Chorus was formed in 2001 when a group of men who enjoy singing all kinds of music decided to get together once a week to practice their hobby. Since that time it has gained a reputation for exciting, top quality performances. In 2002 the chorus won a number of competitions in Bedford, Oundle, Peterborough and Leicester, where they won the prestigious Mercury Rose Bowl for being the outstanding choir of the competition. Since then success has continued with further wins at Oundle in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012 and national top-10 placings in 2005, 2007 and 2008 in the British Association of Barbershop Singers annual chorus competition; an enviable record for such a new chorus.
In May 2005, and 36-strong, Vocal Academy competed at the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) Convention for the first time and were placed 9th among British choruses in Brighton - as a first time out, we are justly proud of this: our first convention and we were officially a top-10 chorus! After a disappointing drop to 15th in 2006, we achieved 9th in 2007 (with higher marks than 2005) and a trophy: the Cambridge Scroll for most improved chorus and were placed joint 8th in 2008.
2009 was a rough year for us - our founding director, Graham Davies stepped down, so he could spend more time with his family. David Plater took over and led us for several months, but had to retire completely at the end of the year due to ill health.
We are now under the direction of Paul Clay who is moving Ouse Valley Chorus forward with new goals and ambitions. We are due to compete in the 2014 BABS convention and so our direction for the near future is very clear.