All female choir A Handbag of Harmonies will play a home gig when they come to Alexander’s in Chester on Thursday, December 18.

A Handbag of Harmonies is a choir of vivacious women from Chester and they 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.

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, they sing a wide repertoire of songs from the 1930s 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 their own.

Matt is a professional composer and performer whose also wrote the music for the renowned cycles of Chester Mystery Plays in 2003, 2008 and for the 2013 cycle. Matt is also 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 as well as in Germany and Isle of Man.

In 2008 they entered 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.

Tickets are £7. Visit for details.