About Us

Our History

Pendle Ladies Choir is based in Colne in Lancashire.  The choir began life as Nelson Civic Ladies Choir.  The name was changed at the beginning of 2024 to be more representative of our locality and to be in line with the other former civic choirs;  Pendle children's choir and Pendle youth choir.

Our musical director is John Garrett a fellow of the London College of Music and a licentiate of Trinity College London.  John has directed our choir for 21 years.  Our accompanist is Elizabeth Cockshott, a talented pianist who is the head of music at Queen Elizabeth's grammar school in Blackburn.

Concert engagements will always be a major part of the choir's calendar and we regularly perform locally, often supporting local charities, but we also enjoy competing against other choirs which helps keep us on top form.  Over the years the choir has competed successfully at home and abroad winning many first prizes at leading music festivals; it has also appeared on radio and TV, winning first prize in the BBC TV 'Grand Sing'.  More recently the ladies were awarded the coveted title of 'Lancashire Choir of the Year 2023'.

Nelson Civic Ladies Choir was formed in 1959 from a group of girls who had outgrown the local junior choir.  The civic choirs were originally formed by the late Edward Parr MBE, he was musical director for all three civic choirs until his retirement in 1999 when he moved to Cornwall.