About

Based in Stockport, Greater Manchester Crystal Chords is proud to have been entertaining and performing since 1980. Some of our founder members are still with the chorus!

A dynamic award-winning chorus which enjoys performing, and the thrill of competition whether at home or abroad. See gallery below for our recent trips

We sing a cappella (unaccompanied harmony) and belong to the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers LABBS

Performing at private or public events, we support community groups and nominate a charity each year. We are delighted to support Beechwood Cancer Care in 2016 - supporting the work they do in the community as well as helping to contribute to their much needed funds.

Beechwood Cancer Care offer support to those living with cancer and other life limiting illness, as well as their relatives and carers. Beechwood first began offering cancer care back in 1990 and since then their Centre has helped many people.

Beechwood understand just how cancer and illness can affect someone's life, and they also know how helpful it can be to talk with other patients and carers.
Visitors to our Centre can choose from a range of support, including:

  • One to one counselling sessions

  • Complementary therapies

  • Group sessions with other patients/carers

Beechwood can help with every stage of cancer and the Centre visitors include those who have just been diagnosed and need a listening ear, people at different stages of treatment and those ready to move on following treatment.


Musical Director

Monica Funnell was appointed in March 2010, bringing a wealth of experience having been involved in barbershop since 1984. Monica is a high achiever and sings bass with 2015 Quartet Champions PZAZZ, having previously won gold medals in quartet with Peppercorn, Checkmate and Indigo Blue; also gold awards with renowned choruses, the White Rosettes and Cheshire Chord Company. A faculty member for both LABBS and BABS organisations for many years, Monica is a registered judge in the Singing Category within LABBS Education & Judging programme.

Monica brings infectious energy, an enthusiasm for great music and a passion for good singing to our Thursday evenings!

Our Committee

To ensure smooth running of the club, we have a dedicated team to manage all aspects of chorus life - from membership and money matters, to public relations and events, to bookings and wardrobe as well as music and performance teams.

Book Us

If you have an event in mind and would like to find out more, please email us at enquiries@crystalchords.org.uk or bookings@crystalchords.org.uk


We enjoy performing at public and private events including weddings, festivals and other special occasions. Our songs are diverse, from classics to beautiful ballads, or arrangements from films or shows. They are often enhanced by movement. As the songs are tailored to suit the event, each performance is different.

Testimonials

News

Regular news updates from charity events to competition news. Any press queries please forward to press@crystalchords.org.uk

Crystals Raise £2,000 for Local Charity

Saturday 19th March 2016, 14:53

Fantastic February for the Crystals!

Friday 11th March 2016, 13:22

We all Love2Sing!

Thursday 11th February 2016, 13:15

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Friday 27th November 2015, 12:18

FREE 'Love to Sing' course

Friday 27th November 2015, 11:40

LABBS CONVENTION 2015

Monday 2nd November 2015, 14:15

Bournemouth Bound!

Tuesday 27th October 2015, 11:50

First Prize At Biddulph Music Festival

Thursday 15th October 2015, 15:43

You are Cordially Invited....

Thursday 15th October 2015, 15:00

Christmas Concert Announcement - UPDATED!

Thursday 15th October 2015, 10:09

Mental Health Awareness

Thursday 6th August 2015, 20:00

Crystals Show Off their Green Fingers

Tuesday 14th July 2015, 09:49

35th Anniversary Show

Sunday 3rd May 2015, 19:30

A Crystalising LABBS Convention!

Tuesday 11th November 2014, 19:49

Busking for Clic Sargent - Crystal style!

Thursday 22nd May 2014, 12:51

Clic Sargent Wig Wednesday

Monday 24th March 2014, 13:42

Join Us

If you're interested to come and join us, please take a look at our joining process: click here

You can come along for a free taster evening anytime. Please drop us a note in advance so that we can welcome you: chair@crystalchords.org.uk

We rehearse each Thursday evening from 7.30pm - 10pm, with only occasional exceptions.

Please do get in touch if you plan to visit, just in case there's a change to our schedule.

Our regular rehearsal venue is:
Stockport Guildhall, 169-171 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK1 3UA

Contact Us

Any questions?

LABBS (logo)If you have any questions about the chorus, Barbershop singing, how to book us, the competitions we enter or ANYTHING then please drop us an email enquiries@crystalchords.org.uk, we'd be delighted to help.