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A Handbag of Harmonies is a choir of vivacious women from Chester who create a party wherever they go. With pink feather boas and glitzy handbags, they sing in four-part harmony with dazzling choreography and guarantee to leave audiences with smiles on their faces.

Our Choir

Formed in 2000, our 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.

The choir is 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


Our Musical Director

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  2013. Matt is artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter.


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Handbag for a Day

Sat 31 March



Saturday 24 March, 5.30 - 6:00pm

Manchester Piccadilly station

We will be taking part in Give a Gig Week 2018 on 24 March, when there will be 100 choirs at 10 stations on 1 day, fundraising for Youth Music. This charity, which currently has more than 350 projects running across England, helps over 75,000 children and young people in challenging circumstances access life-changing music making every year.

Saturday 28 April, 5.30 pm
Storyhouse, Chester

Storyhouse is hosting the WOW (Women of the World) festival again this year, and A Handbag of Harmonies has been asked to entertain you again too. We have some very exciting new repertoire that we know you will love!

WOW celebrates the achievements of women and girls, looks at the obstacles they face across the world, and seeks to inspire new generations of young women and girls.

Enter a world of glamour, fun and showbiz

A Handbag of Harmonies singing at Chester’s new Storyhouse arts complex in celebration of the Women of the World festival May 2017.

See them here again on 28 April

At St  Mary’s Centre 6 December 2017

With Dragonsong from Wrexham and the University of Chester Choir

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