With our thanks and gratitude for the extensive archive and testimonial research undertaken by Paige V. Hickson (SCJC Alumnus), we have confirmed that our date of origin lies between 1923 and 1926. Further research is required in the Cooperative Society archive in Manchester however local studies have confirmed that the “Junior Choir” was formed with supporting interest of The Scunthorpe Cooperative Society Education Committee, by Mr Denman (Danny) Leeman who had recently formed the Scunthorpe Male Voice Choir and Ladies Choir. The testimonial evidence suggests the original intention was to set up a “pipeline” so that choristers would move on to their respective adult choirs after singing with the Junior Choir.
Bradford Competition Winners 1926, Courtesy of North Lincolnshire Museum.
1995: Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten - First performance alongside John Leggott College at St Paul’s Church Ashby. VE Day 50th anniversary - Hyde Park London The Olive Graveling Prize was first presented at the annual Scunthorpe Music Festival in memory of Olive our devoted Secretary of over 30 years.
2007: SCJC Training Choir was featured on CBBC’s “Take A Bow”
Visit and concert - Caerphilly
2008: Overall Winner of BBC3 Choir of the Year
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall Winners of Open Section – BBC Radio 3 BBC Choir of the Year Competition Final 2008 – Choir of The Year 2008.JPG
In an event recorded at London's Royal Festival Hall in December, Aled Jones hosts the final of the BBC Choir of the Year Competition, the culmination of the competition in 2008, which has attracted more than 5,000 singers from communities all over the country.
Cycle Song was a huge, outdoor community opera, commissioned by imove arts. Featuring a cast of local choirs, drama students and professional singers, this awe-inspiring mix of theatre, music, libretto and technical spectacle told the story of Albert "Lal" White - a Scunthorpe steelworker who won a silver medal in the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. It played over two nights in July 2012 to sold-out audiences of local residents at the Brumby Hall grounds in Scunthorpe. Directed by James Beale and Chloe Whitehead of Proper Job and with words and music by Ian McMillan and Tim Sutton respectively https://www.stuartfreedman.com/-/photos/archives/uk-cycle-opera#media_fc22443c-8ce1-4a65-8b7a-d02c99a63d1d
Barnsley International Youth Choir Festival – Virtual Performance London Handel Festival – recordings & Virtual Performance – Messiah Hybrid rehearsals resumed with outdoor concerts and performances; Party in the Park, Normanby Hall – Training Choirs Freedom Concert – with Scunthorpe and District Choral Society & L’Estrange Jazz Band
The Singing Isle Project Whitby Tour Whitby22.jpg “There was a Child” Concert with Scunthorpe and District Choral Society, Lincoln Choral Society, Lindsey Chamber Orchestra & guests
Acknowledgements: We wish to thank the staff at the North Lincolnshire library, Museum and Grimsby archives and all those who contributed anecdotes, fond memories and photos We also acknowledge the valuable research and oral testimony from the late Yvonne Ellis (nee Larkin) into her family’s involvement in the music scene of North Lincolnshire, We will continue building on this resource as a living digital archive of our local cultural arts heritage.