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'Founded in 1959 and based in Senghenydd ... We sing a wide range of music, including classic rock, hits from the West End, pieces from famous operettas, and, of course, traditional Welsh hymns. We love what we do and we are passionate about singing and having a fun time which is why we have performed over 1,000 concerts to date! Still, we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we’re just as happy singing in a hushed cathedral as we are outside Gregg’s on a bustling high street ...'

 

'Formed in 1970 ... Côr Meibion Abercynon has travelled extensively, performing throughout the United Kingdom and has also toured Brittany, Ireland, Canada, Scotland and Cornwall ... The Choir is supported by a ladies section which contributes strongly to the success of the choir. They are constant companions and supporters at our concerts, social events and on tour ...'

 

'The Choir can trace its roots back to 1933 when it was formed as an evening class under the control of the local Education Authority. Members paid a fee of 7/6d (37p) to the Authority and the same amount as an annual subscription ... The Choir continues in good heart but we are always conscious of the need to attract new and particularly younger members. To this end we have operated a Scholarship scheme for some years whereby senior pupils at local schools are paid to sing with us for a year as an introduction to choral singing. It is hoped that this will plant some seeds which will come to fruition in the future. We give a number of concerts each year in aid of local charities, church organisations, etc, and the highlight of our year is our Annual Concert when we are helped by guest professional soloists.'

 

Formed 1997: ‘The Choir is intentionally small with a maximum of 50 members, but is of high quality and produces a beautiful yet resonant tone.  Music critics have acclaimed its musicality and tender tonal qualities. It has taken tremendous strides in a relatively short time, and is in great demand for concerts not only in its native West Yorkshire, but also in North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. The Airedale Male Voice Choir’s repertoire is constantly growing with some 180 pieces of music and is diverse in its choice as it is in expression and performance’.

‘A well established choir in the south of Warwickshire ... If you are looking for a choir to join then look no further as we will give you a warm welcome and promise you an exciting musical experience with us. Singing is our passion but so is raising money in aid of a variety of charities. Our current busy charity concert calendar (Sept- July) can be found in the forthcoming concerts section.’

 

'One of Derbyshire’s leading male voice choirs, with around 35 voices. It was founded 1903 ... The choir is constantly updating its repertoire and is available for hire for concerts and events and enjoys a lively and often busy calendar.'

 

'Originally formed in 1971 ... The Choir aims to perform a varied repertoire and it has been a pleasure to raise many thousands of pounds for charity, particularly for local organizations ...'

 

'We are a friendly group with a common interest in singing ... If you like to sing and would like to come and join in there is no audition and you don’t have to be able to read music but if you can great.'

'Audley Male Voice Choir is as the name suggests is an all male choir singing anything from medieval chants to the latest pop hits with traditional male voice pieces, opera, musicals and some devotional music inter-dispersed. Nothing is considered taboo or too difficult or easy for that matter. We are not an elitist choir and have evolved as society's ethnicity and diversity has changed and consider all male voices should be given the opportunity to learn to sing.'

 

'The Choir and its audiences have commented constantly on the quality of our preformances and in addition to the expressive, rousing and moving performances on local church organs, which add tremendously to the impact and quality of the Choir's Concerts and performances.'

 

‘Formed in 1974 following the amalgamation of the Bath and Somerset, Bristol and the South Gloucester part of the Gloucestershire Constabulary. The Choir is truly representative of the force with a membership consisting almost entirely of serving and retired police officers, serving and retired members of the support staff and the special constabulary.’

 

'The Choir was founded by the local miners of Backworth Colliery in 1951 and although the pits are long-gone, the Choir is more active than it has ever been ... Today’s Choir is a sixty strong community choir, attracting members from all walks of life. We are proud to support the work of many regional charities and organisations through our performances.'

'Would you like to be involved with an organisation that offers friendship and fellowship? As well as engagements in many parts of N. Ireland and the Republic of Ireland there could also be the opportunity to undertake short trips to Britain and Europe and on occasions to perform in festivals and with leading British and Irish artists ...'

‘Founded in 1919 under the initial name of Barnstaple YMCA Male Voice Choir. A local organist and musician was asked to form a choir in order that the YMCA could hold a charity concert to mark its re-opening after the end of World War I. It proved a great success and the singers agreed to stay together. By 1920 the links with the YMCA were no longer relevant and the Choir's name was changed to the Barnstaple Male Voice Choir and has so remained until this day.'

 

‘The Choir includes members of all denominations and politics, but we have at least one thing in common and that is a love of singing. Anyone who shares this love is invited to come along to a rehearsal without any obligation, or to contact any member of the choir. You do not need an exceptional voice but just the ability to sing in tune and blend with the choir. It is not necessary to be able to read music. Help will be on hand if you require it in order to learn your line of music and enjoy this most rewarding pastime.’

 

Formed 1964: ‘The Choir always welcomes new potential members. Novice or experienced singers can come along to our rehearsals, sit in with us, join in with us. Whilst having the ability to read music would be an asset it is by no-means a requirement. Potential members are first given a period of a few weeks to become familiar with the Choir’s requirements and procedures whilst rehearsing within their particular section: either Bass, Baritone, Second Tenor, or Top Tenor. When you feel comfortable and you decide that you would like to become a full member, a private audition with the Musical Director is arranged. This takes the form of singing scales and notes within your voice range so that the Musical Director can judge where best your vocal range fits within the choir. Although it sounds terribly formal be assured it is far from it and you can be sure of our help and support in encouraging you to use your voice’.

 

 

‘One of the UK's favourite male choirs. We shot to fame when we reached the finals of the “Last Choir Standing” BBC television series when millions followed our progress. ​We always welcome potential new members at every rehearsal so if you would like to know more about singing in the best Male Choir in the West ... come along and meet us - and bring a friend!’

 

'In the autumn of 1952, Len Hogg came to Bestwood as Colliery Manager and very soon afterwards the Choir was formed under the name of "Bestwood Colliery Male Voice Choir". However membership was never confined solely to workers at the colliery so that within the first year, the name was changed to the "Bestwood Male Voice Choir" which still continues today ... Over the years, the choir’s achievements have been considerable, having numerous successes at musical festivals and engagements with some of Britain’s finest choirs and regimental and brass bands, at the same time raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities.'

 

‘The Choir’s membership is currently around 50 and we have represented the town of Beverley at some of the Country’s most prestigious venues ... We have performed at venues large and small from Hull, Beverley and Howden Minsters to many small though welcoming locations throughout the North of England and beyond, when considerable sums of money have been raised for worthy causes ... If you think you might like to sing with us, drop in ... to watch us rehearse. Simply roll up and sit at the back to discover whether it might be for you.’

 

'Formed in 1922 and has presented many concerts over the years both in the United Kingdom and Abroad, as well as entering numerous competitions and winning a high number of accolades and awards.'

‘Founded in 1966. Many of the singers are Welsh, and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales, and with the tradition of Welsh male voice choirs ... Birmingham Canoldir are always keen to welcome new voices and we would love you to come and join us ... Throughout the year we give many concerts to raise funds for charities and good causes. We even have some weekends away, those are always good fun ...’

‘We are a forward looking, lively bunch of “ordinary blokes”, who wish to share our joy of singing with all – something we have been doing for over 100 years ... The choir aims to perform about 12 concerts per year, the main one being our annual autumn concert to which we invite professional guest artists to appear with us at a prestigious venue.‘

 

Formed 1923: ‘Over the years and through the generations our choir has grown from strength to strength and presently our 40 members are in constant demand throughout the Lancashire area which is a testament to the dedication and commitment of its members past and present ... You are invited to come and listen to us rehearse. Just come and sit at the back and make your own mind up. We are always happy to welcome new faces.’

'The Choir is always looking to attract new recruits – young or not so young ... To join the Choir you will need to undergo a voice test (this is done on a one to one basis with the Musical Director – no one else will be in attendance) so that the MD can place you in the appropriate section.The MD will chart your progress and when he is satisfied that you are ready to sing with the choir and can perform to the high standard that is required you will become a fully fledged chorister ... Save Our Male Voice Choirs is our documentary film following Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, as they look to encourage new, younger members to join them, and to embrace social media ...'

 

Also indexedSave Our Male Voice Choirs

'Formed in August 2009 when a number of like-minded individuals began to visualise the formation of a Male Choir in the Lower Llynfi Valley. Our group of experienced and well respected Choristers came up with some basic philosophies: Keep the choir to a manageable size; Take our music to the community-at-large; Establish ourselves as a quality musical group; Encourage less experienced Choristers to grow in ability and musicality; Share our joy in singing!'

 

'The choir was formed in 1934 when teenage choristers at the village church, St Mary’s, wanted to spread their musical wings. Their choirmaster William Evans agreed to form an adult choir. This was the beginning of a remarkable story. The choir grew rapidly, became known as “England’s largest village choir” and was voted the best male voice choir in the world – twice! ... We are always looking for new members. At Bolsterstone we recognise that joining a large established choir can be daunting, especially for those who have not sung in a choir before. We are sensitive to this and do all we can to ease your membership into the choir. If you speak to new members, they will tell you of the warm welcome and extended help that they were provided with.'

 

'Fresh from a podium finish at a national choral competition under the expert guidance of our experienced Musical Team, we are looking to welcome men, not necessarily with any prior musical experience, who share our love of a broad range of music and are looking to learn and develop alongside us. Our repertoire ranges from Morley, Mendelssohn and Schubert to Eric Whitacre, Take That and Seal!'

 

'The objective of the Choir is to provide an opportunity for local men to meet regularly and make music together whilst supporting and entertaining local charities and organisations with concerts. There are no auditions to join; all you need is an enthusiasm and a love of singing. Our repertoire is based on traditional male voice choral pieces, interspersed with songs from the shows and popular music.'

 

'The Choir was formed in 1971 ... and our aim is to reach a membership of 50, this being the optimum for the venues in which we perform and rehearse ... We are a friendly Choir and have toured Austria, Hungary, France and Italy, as well as in the United Kingdom. We have taken part in, and won, a number of competitions, although these do not feature highly in our priorities ... Our two main concerts are held in May and at Christmas.'

 

'The almost 100 strong Bridgend Male Choir has a wide repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh Anthems, and popular songs from the shows. The Choir give regular concerts ... which are always well attended and extremely popular, throughout South Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as internationally.'

 

'We have 30 or so members coming from all walks of life. Age is not a factor as men of all ages are made very welcome. All enjoy the singing, fellowship and fun the choir affords ... If you enjoy singing and want to sing well, then you will fit perfectly in our choir. There are no auditions and no requirement to be able to read music although of course it helps ... Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir does not consider itself to be an elitist choir. We exist for men who want to sing to be given a chance to perform. So come along to one of our practices, sit down and try it out ...'

 

'We offer the opportunity to delight in the singing in four-part harmony in the Welsh tradition, but although our origins are Welsh, most of our members are English ... Since 1978 we have supported numerous worthy organisations and have ourselves been granted Registered Charity status. We have performed in many venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall to local churches, schools and theatres, including national party political conferences in Brighton. It’s all about the singing, the friendships with like-minded people, the sharing and much, much more.'

 

‘Originally founded in 1968 and is now one of the largest male voice choirs in the West Country with around seventy members drawn from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ... They have performed in concert halls, churches, weddings and private functions, ranging from Eastern Europe, the Carnegie Hall, New York, to the Eden Project in Cornwall and Bristol’s churches and cathedrals. They sing traditional male voice favourites, songs from modern musicals, pop classics, spirituals and classical items, and they perform not only in English but also in other European languages.’

 

 

'Each year the Choir has a varied list of engagements in and around Torbay and the West Country area ... The Choir looks forward to meeting our regular supporters on these occasions and to meeting and making many more new friendships. The Choir is always interested in supporting a wide range of charities and good causes ... The BOMVC also has a flourishing Friends of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir group who always welcome new members. A busy Ladies Support group also helps with fund-raising and offers practical support.'

‘A strong male voice choir tradition in the Corwen area was re-established when the choir was formed in 1973 ... The members are drawn from an area around Corwen, Bala and Llangollen in North Wales, taking its name from the famous Welsh Prince, Owain Glyndŵr who drew many of his warriors from the ancient region of Edeyrnion.’

 

‘Formed in January 2007 ... Based in the village of Baltonsborough near Glastonbury ... Our aims: * First and foremost .... to make music; * Secondly .... to benefit our community by providing entertainment and by raising money to support good causes; * And finally .... to benefit the members through companionship and the sense of well being that comes from singing and helping others ... Why the Brue Boys? Because the River Brue winds its way through the villages and towns where the Brue Boys live.’

 

Brymbo Male Choir grew from the active community surrounding the local steelworks, and the history of male choirs in Brymbo goes back over the past 100 years. The present choir was formed in 1959 by a number of choristers from St Mary’s Church Brymbo with the intention of entertaining locally. With the appointment of Conductor Glyn Hughes in 1966 the choir began to broaden its horizons, and over the past years the choir has created an interest by giving choral performances to high levels, with an appreciation by all audiences that attend the many concerts and venues that the choir performs at.‘

 

'The largest of the two Male Voice Choirs in Blaenau Ffestiniog and rehearse weekly on Thursdays in the main Hall of Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Rehearsals begin at 7.30p.m. and all are welcome. Why not go one step further and join the Choir as a member and become part of one of the most successful and travelled Male Voice Choirs in Wales? A warm welcome awaits you all.'

 

Founded 1974: ‘The Choir exists to provide a stimulating and enjoyable hobby for its sixty or so members. It performs 8 to 10 concerts a year around the region, some of which are for the benefit of local and national charities’.

'In recent years the Choir has toured in Germany, France, Ireland and the Czech Republic as well as many trips in Wales and the rest of the UK to sing with other choirs and entertaining many thousands of people in venues ranging from tiny churches and village halls to the more impressive surroundings of St David’s Hall and the Millennium Centre and of course the Albert Hall. Most concerts are in support of local and national charities and the Choir have been honoured to be invited to sing at weddings and funerals in the local community.'

 

'A successful, thriving choir but to maintain this we are constantly on the look-out for new members. Could you be one of our new recruits? You would be made very welcome. Don’t miss out! If you enjoy singing quietly to yourself, then you will enjoy singing in a choir. You will make new friends that will last a lifetime, feel more connected with the wider Caldicot community and benefit from a much busier "social" life. There are also claims that singing can make you healthier and live longer! ...'

 

‘Singers are drawn from a wide geographical area, covering mainly North Wales, and many travel over 100 miles to attend rehearsals held twice each month at Betws y Coed. It was in February 1993 that the choir gave their first concert performance. Since then there have been several prestigious engagements and tours. The choir continues to expand its repertoire of traditional Welsh and English male choral music as well as introducing other pieces, often arranged by its founder conductor.’

 

'Formed early in 1997 in an attempt to resurrect the singing traditions of the area in the local pubs around St Just and West Cornwall, and to raise funds for local charities. Our distinctive sound was formerly familiar in impromptu sessions throughout the town, especially during the St Just Feast celebrations, but had declined in recent years due mainly to the demise of the local tin mines ... The release of four CD’s, brief television appearances and local radio exposure have kept Cape Cornwall Singers in the public eye ... Cape Cornwall Singers are ordinary people, with ordinary lives, who sing with passion of the enduring traditions and extraordinary beauty of our homeland ... We are always seeking new members, no experience necessary, males over 18 (because we are pub singers).'

 

'Based in the Nottingham area of England where it was formed in 1908. With around 80 members the choir is now larger than ever, attracting younger members who will safeguard its future. It has a wide-ranging current repertoire of nearly 50 items - from traditional to modern, sacred to secular and from the serious to the light-hearted – enough to suit practically all tastes and occasions!'

 

Carmarthen Male Voice Choir has been an integral part of the music scene in Carmarthen and surronding area for over 50 years. The choristers, the majority of whom have Welsh as their first language, are amateurs. They all love to sing.‘

 

‘Formed during the Second World War in 1942 by a group of Air Raid Wardens in their off duty hours ... We are a really social bunch of keen amateur male singers who enjoy what we do: singing that is. The Concerts that we put on are mainly for charities in the local area of Dorset.’

 

‘Founded in 1926, Castleford Male Voice Choir was formed by male choristers from several church choirs within the town and its current membership stands at approximately forty ... The Choir enjoys a full social life, admirably supported by its Ladies’ Circle, highlighting a love of singing and thereby giving enjoyment to its audiences. It also fulfils an important musical and educational role within the community.’

 

Chapel en le Frith Male Voice Choir was formed by servicemen returning from The Great War. This year [2018] we celebrate our centenary and as part of those celebrations we are looking for new recruits to come and join us. We will be giving a series of special concerts featuring music and stories from the WW1 period. Come and join us now and you could be part of those momentous evenings. There are no special requirements, no auditions, no need to read music, just a willingness to sing. All you have to do is volunteer!’

 

‘The Choir now has approaching 50 members from all walks of life. Amongst our ranks we have teachers, bankers, paramedics, solicitors and farmers ... We are united in the common interest of the learning and enjoyment of music, which is then performed for the pleasure of others at the same time raising funds for charitable causes. We are always wanting new members to join the choir for what can only be described as a most enjoyable hobby, lots of fun, challenging music items to sing and immense satisfaction when singing in concerts ... In a typical year the choir gives a dozen or so concerts, which along with weddings and Christmas performances fill the choir year.‘

 

‘Can trace its origins back to 1903 when it sang to raise funds for British troops fighting in the Boer war. The choir was re-formed in 1948 by Bill Gane, who was eventually succeeded by his son Jack ... The choir has a membership in excess of 70, drawn from many walks of life. Our repertoire includes many modern as well as traditional male voice choir pieces ... We sing locally, throughout East Anglia and other parts of the British Isles - proud of the widely acknowledged reputation we have achieved. But we are only as good as the members we have and we are keen to have you. For whilst we know we sing very well, you can help us to sing even better!‘

‘Singing for their own pleasure comes naturally to choristers, but how much better it is to make and take the many opportunities of sharing our enthusiasm with others. Apart from practising for two hours on two evenings each week for 47 weeks a year, the choir performs an average of 14 concerts each year and at roughly 8 weddings and corporate events. In addition, of course, there are events like the annual Remembrance Service, too. All of this choir’s concerts with the exception of the Annual Concert and the Christmas Concert are performed for charity.’

‘We are an amateur choir of 40 or so men who rehearse on Tuesday evenings in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. We give 5 or 6 concerts a year, have an annual musical tour, but primarily enjoy our singing!’

 

‘A choir that was formed in 1965 in Churchdown, Gloucestershire and which is still going from strength to strength. The aims of the choir are to enjoy singing, to perform for charitable causes and to experience the comradeship and pure excitement that comes from perfoming in a male voice choir ... You can be certain of a warm welcome and all the help you will need to enable you to settle in to a large and friendly choir.’

 

‘The Choir has established itself, both nationally and internationally, as a major force in the world of male voice choirs. Our motto is “We Sing to Serve” and over the years we have raised many thousands of pounds for charitable and other good causes ... Anyone who thinks they might be interested is invited to come along to one of our rehearsals ... You do NOT have to read music; it helps of course if you do, but most of us don’t / didn’t and you’ll quickly learn the basics that help understanding. You just need to enjoy singing and be able to sing in tune. There are no auditions, just find your voice and join in.‘

 

'We are a choir of enthusiastic amateur singers, deriving great pleasure from our rehearsals and from performances to audiences around the Coventry and Warwickshire areas. We also take part in massed choir events. Many of our concerts today are in aid of charity organisations which we are proud to support. We aim to have about 12 concerts a year. The choir, which numbers just under 50 members, sings traditional male voice four-part harmony - top tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass. Our music is varied, ranging from pop to opera and includes traditional male voice choir pieces.'

 

City of Newport Male Choir (formerly known as Newport Male Voice Choir) is a registered charity that uses the art of music to help other charitable organisations, while giving Choir members a means of self expression with no financial benefit to themselves. Our motto is “Making Music, Making Friends”.’

 

Also indexedNewport Male Voice Choir

‘We aim to be the most entertaining male voice choir in the South West and for the City of Truro to be proud of us. The ethos of the choir is to have fun and enjoy singing. Each year we host a visiting choir and also spend a weekend away ... Singing is all about team work, not only within each section of the choir, but as a complete unit. All backgrounds are catered for; we offer a friendly and very sociable atmosphere and many life long friendships are made.‘

 

'Singing in harmony since 1900 ... The Choir has travelled far since those early days, but its aim remains the same: "The study of Choral music as suited to Male voices and to give the listening public the highest standard of Male voice singing." As a Choir local to Clydebank we are always keen to recruit new members, and currently have members from all parts of the West of Scotland whose ages range from 20 to 90.'

 

‘Come and join us! We’re always happy to welcome new people - ability to read music is not a pre-requisite. You will be assigned a "Mentor" who will help you settle in and guide you through your first few rehearsals ...'

 

'Remember the TV programme Last Choir Standing? Well, Colne Orpheus Glee Union claims to be the First Choir Standing ... Established in 1886, the Orpheus claims to have the longest unbroken history of any English male voice choir. Over 132 years, the Orpheus has sung for royalty, won at top music festivals, broadcast on radio and made numerous recordings. In recent years we have embarked on successful singing tours to Germany, France, Ireland and Malta.'

 

‘The Choir was formed in 2007 by 10 former members of the well known Male Choir Lleisiau’r Frogwy (this choir had come to an end a few months before) ... By today the membership has risen to over 20 ... The Choir performs at Hymn Singing Festivals and is able to provide full concerts on Anglesey and over on to the mainland.’

 

‘A Welsh male voice choir based in the rural village of Llansannan in the heart of North Wales.’

 

Côr Meibion Colwyn is proud of its long history recognising that there has been a choir in its home village of Colwyn since the 1890’s. Welsh is its first language however its rehearsals are held in both the medium of English with a good content of Welsh conversation. This is so as not to exclude our non Welsh speaking members but to also give them the “Welshness” of the choir and opportunity to get to learn the language at the same time.’

'The Choir can trace its roots back to the late 1800s and continued until the 1950s ... The present Choir was re-formed in 1965 by 13 men keen to see a revival of choral music in Dowlais, and that number rose to 120, reflecting the enthusiasm of the early days. Today the number of choristers registered is 60 ... We are very keen to recruit new choristers and give them the opportunity to experience the pleasure of singing in some wonderful venues with first class performers.'

 

‘The Choir takes its name from King Maelgwn Gwynedd who lived in Deganwy Castle, located between Llandudno and Conwy ... Why not join us? We are always on the lookout for new members. It’s quite a straightforward and painless process! ... It really is not necessary to make formal arrangements to be with us; simply turn up and you will get a very warm welcome ... In addition to the singing, the choir enjoys an active social life, which includes wives and partners.’

 

‘The 35 or so members of the choir are drawn from all ages and occupations: our youngest choristers are under 25 years old, our oldest over 70, and we have plumbers and electricians, company directors and managers, bus drivers, firemen, office workers and students, all united by a love of singing. We sing all kinds of music, from opera choruses and religious works via folk songs and jazz to pop songs and Musical Theatre, with most of our concerts including a vibrant selection from all these genres.’

 

‘Although many singers come from Corby itself, the catchment area is quite extensive. Our membership of just over fifty singers ranges in age from twenty to eighty nine. We rehearse and perform throughout the year and, in recent times, we have performed an annual average of twelve concerts ... Our current repertoire includes songs from West End shows, popular music, songs of the sea, sacred songs, and music from operas. Recently we have added more contemporary music. As well as English, we sing German, French, Latin, Maori, Welsh and Zulu songs.’

 

'If you are thinking about giving singing a try, come to one of our rehearsals ... You are assured a warm welcome. We do not audition new members, neither are you expected to be able to read music ... We sing popular music mixed with traditional male choir favourites (including a few Welsh Hymns). We have a busy programme of concerts, social events, and commercial engagements throughout the year.'

 

‘Formed in 1987 from the white dust of a limestone quarry that is Middleton by Wirksworth, the Dalesmen have grown from a few like-minded friends to a near 70 strong choir. Their original aims of bringing the enjoyment of choral music to the wider public and of supporting charitable institutions are still very much what the choir is about. Each year we take part in over 12 concerts in venues ranging from modest village halls to grand concert halls, and in the process we entertain many hundreds of people and over the years have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.’

 

‘The Choir was formed in 1988, although a male voice choir did exist in Denbigh during 1940's and 50's. Since its formation the choir has travelled extensively both nationally and inernationally. Although we are not a competitive choir, we have been successful in being prize winners at the Stenna Choral Competition, Llandudno and The Pan Celtic Festival at Tralee. We are an extremly busy choir, in regular demand for concerts and weddings.’

 

'We are Derby's male voice choir. We are an inclusive, forward-looking and community focused group. New members are always welcome, no experience is necessary ... There are no auditions for members, nor are you expected to read music (many of our members can't either). Membership is not limited to men, we welcome anyone willing to sing in the "male" register- i.e Tenor, Baritone or Bass.'

 

'We are men in Northern Ireland, from all walks of life, living reasonably close to the seaside town of Donaghadee on the North East corner of County Down, meeting every Monday evening for practice and enjoying concerts, church services, performances for charity events in locations one may not expect to see or hear a male voice choir. Competitions have been attended with many successes over the years but our greatest achevements have been the continued charity work and the enjoyment of choral singing with friends from all corners of the world.'

‘If you think you might wish to join the choir, why not come along to a rehearsal and enjoy a drink, some chat and a sing or a listen as you wish? Your willingness and ability to sing and hold a note is all we ask. New recruits will be given several weeks' rehearsal experience until you are ready to join DMVC as a full member ... Members are drawn from all walks of life from Architects, Accountants, Bankers, Motor Engineers, School Masters, Farmers to Prison Officers and even a Tax Inspector.‘

 

Dumfries Male Voice Choir have been singing and having fun doing it since 1950. We are a friendly bunch, who meet together to rehearse ... from September to May. We often sing for our supper by performing at charity events throughout the South of Scotland. During these performances we invite young musicians and singers to join us as our policy is to encourage them and to provide a platform for them to perform in public ... The highlight of the choir’s year and the culmination of all our practicing is our annual concert which is usually held in April ... The choir also enjoys occasional away days, or even weekends to take part in competitions or concerts. The choir have competed in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.’

 

'The Choir sings a wide range of music that includes classical items, songs from the shows and popular music as well as some religious music. The repertoire develops and changes over time and a feature of the choir is that a number of songs are arranged specifically for it by the Musical Director ... The constitution of the choir requires it to be non-political and non-sectarian.'

 

'Formed in 1957 in the Wemyss area of Fife, with a backing of the coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation. It was a great outlet for the Miners and others who joined, being able to sing and socialise with like-minded men as and still is today a great pastime.'

 

‘ECMVC is now just one of only a handful of original colliery male voice choirs surviving in the country and we are very proud of our heritage. The choir is as vibrant today as it would have been in its early days and is no stranger to performing in prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall ... But we are equally at home in more modest settings and delight in helping local charities raise much needed funds for their own needs.’

 

‘Has been singing together since 1983 and today is one of the leading men's choirs in the South East, drawing members from a large area ... Our repertoire is wide, and includes contemporary compositions and arrangements (many written specially for us), music from around the world, pop, folk and musical theatre, as well as the traditional Male Voice Choir repertoire.’

 

‘With a membership of 80 singers and growing, the Choir is always pleased to entertain audiences and to welcome new members. The choir performs regularly throughout the region and the United Kingdom and looks forward to foreign trips. Since 1920, the choir has promoted male voice singing by developing a increasingly wider repertoire. With music from Palestrina to the popular, from local folk to global music, we hope that there is always something for everyone at every rehearsal and concert.’

 

‘Founded in 1975, Cor Meibion y Fflint have enjoyed success at the highest levels in competition and delight audiences wherever they perform ... The choir sings a wide variety of music stretching from the 16th century to the 21st, old faithfuls, traditional Welsh hymns and folk songs, plus modern pop and quality contemporary compositions in many languages.’

'Formed in 1984 with 18 choristers, Membership has now risen to 31 ... The Choir frequently performs at concerts in aid of charities. The members very willingly use their hobby, in the form of their love of music and singing, to help others in need.'

'We have over 60 singers and give concerts throughout Cornwall and beyond, often for charitable organisations, and arrange concerts with other community choirs and musicians. We also take part in choir competitions and festivals ... A marked feature of Four Lanes Male Choir  is our commitment to community singing, comradeship and a love of the Cornish choral tradition. This sentiment is conveyed in our choir’s motto "Sing we for pleasure - for one and all".'

 

Founded in 1947: ‘Looks forward to continued progress and success as one of the most distinguished Male Voice Choirs in a nation renowned throughout the World for producing Male Voice Choirs of the highest quality’.

 

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'The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir is based in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, England. We have a wide and varied musical repertoire incorporating many traditional Male Voice compositions, Grand Opera, Light Opera, Religious and Semi-Religious items, Spirituals, Songs From The Shows, Folk Songs, Modern Pop songs plus some downright comical and frivolous pieces. The 66-strong choir performs in up to 16 concerts and events every year at venues including local church halls, community centres and in four major concerts at our "home base".

 

‘We are a Male Voice Choir with about 60 active Choristers, divided into the normal Sections used by Male Voice arrangements: First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone and (Second) Bass ... We are based in Glasgow, as our name suggests, but our members are from all parts of West and Central Scotland, and we meet in Glasgow every week for rehearsal during the Winter (September to May).’ The Choir runs a ‘Scholarship Scheme for young men in 5th or 6th year at school ... in return for attending rehearsals and performing in Concerts’.

 

Based in Swadlincote, nestled at the southern tip of Derbyshire, England, Gresley takes its name from the Parish of Church Gresley nearby, where the choir was born in 1904. The choir has over 50 members and fulfills on average 22 engagements a year performing for a range of societies from small groups, churches to national bodies, and has toured extensively, in the U.K., Ireland, Europe and U.S.A. including a number of choir exchange visits.

 

‘One of the leading male voice choirs from the South of England ... Our repertoire is extensive and covers all genres of music ranging from the most sacred to sea shanties, folk songs and “show stoppers” ... New members are always welcome. You do not have to be a policeman - just someone who enjoys singing and would like the opportunity of singing with us.’

 

Formed 1975: ‘The Choir currently has 65 members who perform songs from a varied repertoire with traditional male voice choir songs as well as songs from the shows, operatic pieces, folk songs and classic hymns. Solo singing is encouraged as part of the development of individual voices and to inspire confidence in overall singing performance ... As one of the foremost choirs in the south-east of England, Hart is keenly sought after not only for concert performances, but also by budding singers’.

'Hartlepool Male Voice Choir had its beginnings in the late 1950s with a group of lads having a sing song after Rugby matches for Hartlepool Old Boys RFC ... You don’t have to be a musical genius to join us. Believe it or not, many choir members have no formal music training and most do not read music. The only requirements are for you to be able to sing in tune and show a commitment to the choir concerts and rehearsals. In return you can be certain of a friendly reception, a common interest in good music of all types, a great deal of fun and humour and trips to prestigious venues ...'

 

‘Based in the County town of Pembrokeshire. The choir is one of the oldest choirs in Wales and has been in existence since 1896. Consists of about 50 members from 16 years onwards ... performs around 20 concerts per year ... and sings a broad repertoire of songs for all occasions ... with around half the songs sung in Welsh.’

 

‘It all started in 1957 when the old Herefordshire Constabulary celebrated its centenary and a dozen officers made up a choir to sing at an anniversary event in Hereford Cathedral. They enjoyed it so much they kept on singing and eventually opened their ranks to men from all walks of life. Today the choir is 65 strong and welcomes new members to ensure the great tradition of male voice choral singing continues.’

Founded 1962: ‘As for the future, whilst some male choirs are thriving, the national total is in decline, and sadly the opportunity to sing in a male choir may be denied to many. We believe that every adult male who can carry a tune should treat himself to the very special experience of singing as part of a group by giving a choir like ours a try. We welcome absolute beginners as well as experienced singers, and we provide learning aids and coaching to individual needs‘.

 

‘Music brings people together! This saying could well be our motto as we're a very varied group of people, all bound by their love of music. Men, come and join us. All are warmly welcomed and, next to practising hard to achieve a high musical standard, it’s all about the spirit of fun and conviviality. Making music by yourself isn't fulfilling? Come and join us! We’re always happy to welcome new people. Find out more about us ...'

‘Originating from Imperial College, London, the Imperial Male Voice Choir is a friendly group of over 30 men who meet to rehearse, perform concerts for charity ... We have a large,and varied repertoire including early Renaissance music, folk songs, excerpts from opera and musical theatre and an increasing number of arrangements and compositions provided by friends, associates and members of the choir. At the last count we have sung in a dozen different languages. Our members are spread over a large proportion of SE England so rehearsals are organised in a variety of locations convenient for the M25.’

 

‘Has been in existence since 1929 as a mixed or male voice group under four different names. The choir was originally formed by the Somervell family, owners of K Shoemakers and supported by them with family members taking key roles for many years. K Shoes are no longer manufactured in Kendal, but Clarks, the new owners of the brand, still provide footwear and sponsorship ... K Shoes Male Voice Choir perform approximately 12 concerts a year at a variety of venues in Cumbria and North Lancashire.‘

 

'The choir is open to serving and retired police officers, civilian staff, those with links to the service and also members of the community. It is an ambassador for Kent Police and is supported by them, although it is self-financing ... our sincere thanks go to the long suffering wives, sweethearts, partners and families who give us such tremendous support.'

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