A Handbag of Harmonies is a choir of vivacious women from Chester and we create a party wherever we go. With our pink feather boas and glitzy handbags, we sing in four-part harmony with dazzling choreography and guarantee to leave audiences with smiles on their faces.
Formed in 2000, the choir has 70 members and can offer performances from 20 minutes to a full evening, with as few as 20 and as many as 60 singers singing a cappella or accompanied by piano and saxophone. Led by the charismatic Matt Baker, who arranges all our material, we sing a wide repertoire of songs from the 1930’s to the present day. These include Lullaby of Broadway, Think by Aretha Franklin and Take That’s Rule the World and several original songs of our own. Matt is a professional composer and performer whose work has taken him up and down the country and abroad. He also wrote the music for the renowned cycles of Chester Mystery Plays in 2003, 2008 and for the 2013 cycle. Matt is artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter.
A Handbag of Harmonies has performed at venues across the UK including London’s Bloomsbury Theatre, Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Manchester Town Hall and Liverpool Empire Theatre. It has also performed in Germany and Isle of Man. Some highlights include:
- Overall winners in Manchester Pride Parade 2011
- Silver Award Winners in Manchester Choral Competition 2010
- Gold Award Winners with our collaboration with Oxfam for our anthem ‘When The Waters Rise’ at Tatton RHS Show 2011
- Co-producers of ‘Across The World’ Anthem for the BBC Cultural Olympiad and Music Nation which attracted over 5000 audience in 2012
In 2008 we entered our first ever competition: the BBC’s prime time Saturday night talent show, ‘Last Choir Standing’. A Handbag of Harmonies was the only women’s choir to reach the top 15 out of nearly 1,000 entries and judge Russell Watson said: “I can’t remember having so much fun watching a choir before!”
We are just as comfortable performing in village halls, pubs and street corners on our home turf of Chester and Cheshire, as well as festivals up and down the country.
To see A Handbag of Harmonies in action visit our Showcase page
A Handbag of Harmonies can be booked for private parties, charity events and corporate functions, contact us for further details.
A Handbag of Harmonies are thrilled to be working with Theatre in the Quarter in the creation of a new and exciting musical play inspired by the choir and written by award winning playwright Janys Chambers. Handbag! The Musical toured venues in Chester and Cheshire in March 2013.