The Peterborough Pop Ensemble first began in the spring of 2000 under the name The Peterborough Singers Pop Ensemble. The group was created to perform a few popular songs at the Valentine’s Concert for our local award-winning chorus The Peterborough Singers. Barbara Monahan was asked to direct because of her love of “pop” music, and her ability to create a casual, relaxed performance atmosphere. With Barb at the piano, watching the ensemble perform was like being invited into their living room to enjoy an intimate concert. The audience’s response was so enthusiastic that the members of this small group decided to keep the group together. Several performance opportunities followed in the fall and, as they say, the rest is history.

In 2008 the Pop Ensemble made the decision to forge ahead on their own and officially becoming the Peterborough Pop Ensemble as of January 1, 2009. Many talented vocalists have come and gone through the years; each has enriched the development and musical performances of this diverse vocal ensemble.