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Brighton Male Voice Choir

Brighton Male Voice Choir2017 marks the 90th anniversary of the Brighton Male Voice Choir, which was formed during the years following the depression of 1926. The members then were mainly recruited from the Welsh mining community who came to Brighton to work on the new Sea Defences between Black Rock and Rottingdean.
The choir reformed after the war in 1947 and has had a number of musical directors since that time.
Andrew Beaizley, their current Musical Director and accompanist, joined them in 2013 and under his leadership the choir's repertoire has been transformed to cover a wide range of music for male voices. The choir raises thousands of pounds every year for charity, but they are also available for public concerts and private celebrations. They rehearse locally, at Woodingdean Methodist Church, every Wednesday at 7.30pm. Come along and give them a try ...

Bournemouth Male Voice Choir

Bournemouth Male Voice ChoirIt is more than 90 years since their predecessors, the Bournemouth Labour Choir, amalgamated with the Springbourne Male Voice Choir and gathered on the steps of Bournemouth Town Hall for their first performance as Bournemouth Male Voice Choir to sing at a reception held by the Mayor in 1922.
Today, the choir's inspiration comes from many different places; we particularly love the work of Chor Leoni, The King's Singers, Primus Amabile Men's Ensemble and Orphei Drängar.
They are committed to new music and believe that the future of choral music depends on new compositions being written for choirs and (in the case of male choirs) this is vital to their survival. In recent years, they have given European premièrs of music by contemporary composers from the USA and are currently learning more music from that genre. They are also singing late 20th Century and 21st Century music by Rhosyphane Powell, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Timothy Takach, Goff Richards, Alan Simmons, Randall Stroope and many more.

The German-Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary

German-Canadian Male Chorus The German Canadian Male Chorus was founded in 1971 in the western Canadian city of Calgary by German immigrants who wished to enjoy and preserve their German choral culture. Today, they sing approximately 60% of their songs in German and about 60% of the members are still immigrants from Germany and nearby countries, including two from England. The choir's musical director Susan Woodward first served as accompanist but took the helm early in the choir's history. Jeannie Park now serves as the choir's accompanist. In addition to an annual concert, their events calender includes taking their music to seniors' centres and care homes, and sharing stages with other Calgary immigrant choirs and musicians such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Calgary Opera Chorus, and the Calgary Concert Band. They have also made several tours abroad. While the destination has often been Germany or Austria, they have also visited Italy, the USA and Spain. Given that 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canada's transition from British Colony to the independent Dominion of Canada subject to Her Majesty, they are very pleased as Canadians to be coming to England to participate in the Brighton Festival of Male Choirs.

Weybridge Male Voice Choir

Weybridge Male Voice Choir The Weybridge Male Voice Choir was formed in 1921 by a small group of enthusiastic singers and since then has grown to its present strength of over sixty members, enjoying a reputation for performance quality and entertainment value.
They offer exciting and varied programmes of popular opera choruses, spirituals, hymns and devotional pieces, traditional songs and ballads and choral arrangements of songs from musical shows and the current popular music scene. At many of their concerts they raise funds for local and national charities, including Save the Children who they support regularly twice a year at local fund-raising events in a Shopping Centre. The choir has also travelled extensively, performing concerts and joining with other choirs in competitions and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, including a third visit to Cornwall this year to take part in the Festival of Male Voice Choirs.
They marked their 90th Anniversary in 2011 with a special celebratory concert in Weybridge, for which they produced a Souvenir Programme, containing an illustrated history of the choir, which is available from their website and they are looking forward to making plans for the celebration of their centenary in 2021.
The Choir is under the direction of Jonathan Kilhams, whose youthful and enthusiastic leadership is adding a new dimension to their performances, supported by their Deputy Conductor Ed Pepper and their long serving accompanist Mike Woods.

Epsom Male Voice Choir

Epsom Male Voice Choir Epsom Male Voice Choir began as an evening class in 1983 and has grown in strength year on year with today's membership standing at 64. Under the musical directorship of Ian Assersohn the choir has extended its repertoire while retaining the special values of the Male Voice Choir tradition. A major event in the choir's year is the annual concert at the Epsom Playhouse and again this was a sell-out occasion. In July 2016, Epsom and Ewell towns hosted choirs from France, Germany and Belgium for the annual Europe in Harmony Choral Festival during which the choir sang two pieces in French, which was greatly appreciated by the visitors. In November 2016, the choir sang with Leatherhead Choral Society and Farnham Youth Junior Choir at the world premiere of Assersohn's Dies Irae a cantata in 15 movements. The cantata was commissioned by Epsom Male Voice Choir and Leatherhead Choral Society to commemorate the Battle of the Somme. The choir was delighted that both the work and performance received critical acclaim.

Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir

Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir has been performing for 78 years for churches, local & national charities and businesses to help with fundraising projects and to entertain customers. It performs the year round and has sung in the Albert Hall, Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, and Rochester Cathedral. The choir has raised many tens of thousands of pounds for charities over the years, and in doing so has provided challenge, reward and comradeship for several generations of men in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas. Led by Musical Director Richard Walshaw and Accompanist Adam Crane, the choir invariably delights its audiences with its four part harmonies and the power and sensitivity of its performances. You can read more about the choir and its future programme on www.rtworpheusmvc.org Follow them on Twitter @TWMaleVoiceChr & Facebook.

St. Stythians Male Voice Choir

Sussex Gruffs MAle Voice Choir St Stythians Male Voice Choir Founded in 1947, the choir are celebrating their 70th Anniversary and have had an exciting and varied programme of events throughout this year. They are a founder member of the Cornwall Federation of Male Voice Choirs and have participated in all five massed Cornish Choir concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, London and, most recently, in the Plymouth Pavilions. The Choir sings throughout Cornwall and beyond, singing a variety of music and providing something for everyone to enjoy in each of their programmes. 2015 - 2016 were very successful years for the choir, competing in local competitions, becoming County Champions in 2016. The choir has taken part in all seven Cornwall International Male Choral Festivals and look forward to singing at the very first Brighton Male Choir Festival.
They would like to thank their sponsors, JC Williams Ltd (Furnishers) of Helston for their continued support.
Musical Director Ken Downing was born and brought up in Stithians. He joined the Male Voice Choir at the age of 15, sang in all four parts as his voice matured, finally ending up as a baritone. He was appointed Deputy Musical Director in 1983 and when the existing MD left Ken stepped up and has held the position ever since. He has conducted Massed Male Voice Choir concerts on several occasions at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon and in Ely Cathedral. He enjoys the challenge of taking the choir and stretching them musically.

Marshfield Male Voice Choir

Marshfield Male Voice Choir Ten years ago, a group of men in the South Gloucestershire village of Marshfield got together as a makeshift choir in support of a charity event. Welshman Geraint Evans was in that group and encouraged them to carry on singing. And so Marshfield Male Voice Choir was born. The present musical director and conductor, Deryck Hanchett, was conductor of Brighton Male Voice Choir before moving away in 2013 and joining Marshfield Band as bass trombone player. He was delighted when the opportunity to lead our choir arose in 2015. The choir performs - mostly for charity - at venues in and around the city of Bath, including the National Trust's Dyrham Park. Their repertoire is a mix of traditional and modern favourites and they sing in a number of languages - Welsh, Latin, Tswana… Oh, and English! As a choir, they actively encourage young local musicians and singers by seeking to include them as guest performers in their choir concerts.

Everyman Ensemble Male Voice Choir

Everyman Ensemble The 'Everyman Ensemble' was created in 2012 by composer Helen Glavin, specifically to represent foundry workers and sing in her choral work The Phoenix Cantata as part of a major celebration of the Phoenix iron works in Lewes East Sussex.
Established by John Every in the 19th century, the Phoenix ironworks was the town's major employer for 150 years until its closure in 1967.
The Cantata showcased performances conducted by John Hancorn and opened in the remnants of the Phoenix works in 2012. It was also performed at that year's Brighton Festival, comprising four choirs with nearly 100 people singing from age 7-70!
Since then the Ensemble has developed an independent musical identity with a varied repertoire including sea shanties, original songs and world music, which they now perform in concerts and events mainly in Sussex.
In 2014 the Everyman Ensemble performed in Helen's choral work The Sword of Freedom, commemorating the Battle of Lewes 1264, it premiered at Lewes Town Hall. They also performed in The Winter of the World multi-media concert paying homage to those fallen in WW1.
The Everyman come from all walks of life, united by their love of singing!

Kidderminster Male Voice Choir

Kidderminster Male Voice ChoirKidderminster Male Choir was essentially established in 1904 although there are references to Kidderminster Glee singers as far back as 1878. The choir had early success in competitions culminating in winning both the Abergavenny and Madresfield Music Festivals in 1909 and continued to recorded many successes at National and International level over the years.
It is believed that KMC is one of the few, if any, continually performing choirs still in existence and it prides itself on its tradition as a major force in choir music in the Midlands.
In the recent past the choir has been privileged to visit Poland, Australia, Canada, USA, and Ireland as well as many parts of the UK.
The choir, as we know it today, is renowned for the variety in its musical repertoire, from the traditional Welsh and English Male Choir signature numbers through Glenn Miller, to the up to date pieces by Adele, Queen, Abba and many more. One of KMC's claim to fame is the 'Bewdley Carol' a 20th century song performed only in the town of Bewdley (near Kidderminster) at Christmas and Easter and as far as it can be established is performed by no other choir worldwide. The 'Bewdley Carol' was local BBC carol of Christmas 2016 and was broadcast along with a short documentary on the choir through Christmas week.
Kidderminster Male Choir goes from strength to strength and they look forward to at least another 100 years of entertaining through the power of four part harmonies.