In 1980 Rochdale’s very own Festival 80 Choir came into being, hence its name.

In that year all those who enjoyed music making, without audition, were invited to come together and, using parts of oratorio, tell the story of God’s purpose for us.

Since that year the choir has always invited membership in the same open way. The basis of its repertoire has remained oratorio and sacred music though choruses from opera, musicals and even popular music have featured in more recent concerts.

Our three main concerts are prepared for Easter, Christmas and Summer and from the proceeds of thee two performances the Choir donate the majority of the profits to both local and national charities.

Valerie M. Chadwick is the Musical Director of the Choir and with her the choir has given many major concerts, both in this country and abroad.

In 2005 the Festival 80 choir celebrated its Silver Jubilee with a special concert and a celebratory dinner, and in the same year the choir changed its name to the Rochdale Festival Choir.