Worcester Male Voice Choir was formed in 1987 out of the ashes of the Worcester Police Choir with many of the founding members also singing with the former Police Choir.
Since then the Choir has grown in stature and strength and now has almost 80 choristers spread evenly across the First and Second Tenors, Baritones and Basses. The choir is always keen to welcome new members and more information about the choir members, our Committee, our forward programme and our repertoire for forthcoming concerts can be seen elsewhere on our web-site.
Our repertoire includes numbers in Welsh, French, Russian, Italian and South African as well as English. Our rehearsal days are Monday and Wednesday evenings under the inspiring leadership of our Musical Director, Nicholas Wright who is constantly encouraging us to improve our technique and extend our library. He is ably supported by our accompanist, Sheila Leatherland and assistant accompanist, Scott Woolfenden. Between them they can really make a piano talk and both very popular with the choristers.
The choir is well travelled and has sung on the Continent, in Ireland, Wales and throughout England not to mention some prestigious venues from Symphony Hall, Birmingham to the Royal Albert Hall, London to the atmospheric World War One memorial at Thiepval and not forgetting the Choir’s own back yard, the Faithful City’s splendid Cathedral. 2017 will see another busy year (our 30th Anniversary year) when we will tour in Devon and sing at the Pershore Plum Festival amongst other concerts, for further details please see our events page.
The main aim for the choir in any year is to raise money for Charity. Sometimes these concerts are for our own Charities but most are to support other organisations in their charitable work. The choir is itself a Registered Charity and since 1987 has raised approaching £150,000 for Charity. Most choristers attend our own concerts with between 50 and 60 at the others. We also assist at Weddings and Funerals, where typically between 30 and 40 would attend. These smaller events can present some difficulty in finding enough volunteers NOT to sing.
As well as our concert singing we also have an active social programme which is managed by the Ladies Committee to whom we are most grateful. We enjoy picnics, barbeques, skittles nights, wine tastings, ‘theme’ evenings and of course our Christmas party. There are in addition a number of ‘special interests’ groups such as golfers and walkers who hold regular events to which all members of the choir, their wives and partners and even the ‘choir friends’ are welcome. After the structured routine of a concert, many of the choristers can be found in a local tavern, where the singing is far less controlled but the enjoyment just as great. This informal gathering is referred to as the Afterglow – which is a very apt description.
We are keen to welcome new choir members and additions to our non singing supporters, “Friends Of Worcester Male Voice Choir” who are a much appreciated part of our team.