The Chanterelles are a group of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who began singing together in 2009. The choir’s singers are based across the UK and rehearse regionally as well as at their base in Leicestershire. A small number of the Chanterelles are professional musicians but for majority singing is a hobby. Despite this, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard and their professionalism and proficiency is evident in their music.
The Chanterelles perform under the direction of Dr Shirley Court.
- 2018: Winners, ladies class, open class, choir championship, best song, The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival
- 2016: Winners, Manchester Amateur Choral Competition
- 2013: First place, ladies voice section, most entertaining choir, Isle of Man Festival of Choirs
- 2012: Competitor, Fleischmann International Trophy, Cork International Choral Festival second place, female choirs section, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
- 2011: First place, female choirs section, North Wales Choral Festival
- 2010: First place, female choirs section, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Many of the members had previously sung together in the Chanterelles’ previous incarnation as a youth choir through Leicestershire Arts in Education. This non-auditioned all-girls choir came to an end in 2001 after a decade singing together. Accolades the choir received included a silver medal at the Choir Olympics and trophies from the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The youth choir also competed in the semi-finals of Choir of the Year three times, coming second in its section in 2000.