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Diva: The Limelight Orchestra

The Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham, NG1 5ND
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Sunday 8 March 2020 | 7pm - 9.15pm
Royal Concert Hall
Tickets: from £19.50

Join The Limelight Orchestra’s celebration on International Women’s Day as it shares proceeds in support of the charity, Nottingham Women’s Centre. 

The iconic anthems of female superstars from Shirley Bassey to Beyoncé are to be celebrated in an uplifting live music show, Diva, backed by the 50-piece Limelight Orchestra. A sensational line-up of over 50 musicians will perform breath-taking ballads and dance music from the 1960s to now, with music from iconic female singers including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Lizzo, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and many more.

Also joining the 50-piece Limelight Orchestra for the show is Women’s Voices, a newly formed choir set up in Nottingham to help women find their voices, plus some of the city's upcoming female singers.


Funded by the Workers’ Educational Association in partnership with Nottingham Women’s Centre, the Women’s Voices choir has doubled in size since launching last summer and will be performing the empowering anthem ‘This is Me’ from The Greatest Showman. The song has become to be recognised as an anthem for outcasts, the marginalized and disenfranchised.

With a voice described as ‘beyond her years’, Betsey Bircumshaw is a 17 year old with big powerhouse vocals that pack an emotional punch while her storytelling and raw, jazzy tone are reminiscent of Etta James and Amy Winehouse. Her debut single, "Survive" is out on February 21.

Singer and producer Emily Makis likes deviating from the norm, mixing genres and blending vocal effects, so expect an original performance. After identifying the lack of women in music production, she has been involved with a number of empowering projects, including becoming a part of Nottingham’s ‘First Light’ development label and the ‘Circle of Light’ initiative, a collaborative album championing mental health supported by Youth Music.

Singer songwriter Nina Smith, founder of the First Light label, is hosting and performing on the night. “This is going to be a great show. We’ve got so much to pack in, from the amazing voices of the singers in the Limelight Orchestra to fresh new talent, as well as what is sure to be an inspiring performance from the Women’s Voices choir. Most of all, it’s going to be a lot of fun both for me to take part in it and for everyone who comes along to share in a night of stunning songs and take inspiration from some of the best songs performed by women over the last 50 years.”


Nottingham Women’s Centre has been working for more than 40 years to help women gain the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.

#DivaNotts | #IWDNottm | #IWD2020

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