Hello from Alcester, Warwickshire and welcome to our website.
For anyone visiting our website for the first time, Alcester Male Voice Choir is a well established male voice choir in the south of Warwickshire just 7 miles north of Stratford upon Avon and 7 miles south of Redditch, Worcestershire. 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. There are no auditions… and we have never had a problem with that!
A message from Judith Land
Artistic Founder Director of
Music of Alcester Male Voice Choir
40 Glorious Musical Years
Yes! From September 2013 – July 2014 I will be celebrating 40 Glorious Musical Years with my choir. As it is a very special year, we have… as you do, some very special concerts and events arranged and we welcome you all to join us, particularly at a Celebration Gala Concert in Symphony Hall. Based around a variety of opportunities and occasions during the choir’s history, this concert includes performances of the joyous and uplifting Hallelujah Chorus, as well as Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Scarborough Fair and the emotive Time to say Goodbye.
When? Saturday 5th April 2014 at 7.00pm. Please complete the booking form for concert tickets and coach transport if required. 15 coaches, on hire from Johnsons, have been reserved based on the 600 people who took advantage of the coach transport to Town Hall Birmingham 2012 and Symphony Hall in 2009.
The party has started! Here we all are celebrating with a glass of champagne at Ragley Hall, Alcester, the home of our Presidents,The Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford. Also in the photograph are our Vice Presidents, The Dowager Marchioness of Hertford, Lady Diana and Mr Henry Beaumont and Mr. John Mills, immediate past High Bailiff of Alcester.
The choir became a very pleasant, immediate way of life when I moved to the Midlands from the South Wales Valleys to take up a teaching position as Head of Music, and it soon became part of juggling it with family life and my career. It was an offshoot of my school choir when the young men from years 11-13 and fathers of some of the lads requested that they would like to continue singing outside school; and so we renamed it Alcester Male Voice Choir. From that moment on, the choir went from strength to strength and here we are today with a choir membership of 80+ of enthusiastic, dedicated gentlemen from all walks of life, a strong hardworking committee and a very competent music team. The only requirement to sing with us is a desire to sing and the time to attend rehearsals regularly on a Wednesday between 7.30pm – 9.50pm and of course enjoy and support concerts once a month.
We were recently described as a ‘well oiled choir that makes everything work at our concerts’. Well we do take our hobby very seriously and want to do our best. One of the highlights and proud moments for me was being invited by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Mr Martin Dunn, to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
Singing is our passion but so is raising money in aid of a variety of charities. Our current busy charity concert calendar can be found in the forthcoming concerts section. Charities benefitting from our concerts over the next 12 months include local churches, Alcester Branch of the British Legion, the High Bailiff fund (Alcester), the South Warwickshire Heart failure, Education, And cardiac Rehabilitation Trust, St Mary’s Beauchamp Chapel Campaign (Warwick), Nightstop (Redditch), The Bridge Church (Redditch), Rowney Green Church (Alvechurch), the Methodist Church and St Mary’s and Helen and Douglas House (Oxford) and the church services for Alcester’s Mayor and High Bailiff. In addition we enjoy singing at weddings and singing carols around Alcester during the Christmas period. Some expenses, for example transporting equipment need to be taken into consideration, but there is no fee for engaging the conductor or choir for charity concerts. For further details, contact 07886139781 or firstname.lastname@example.org. As part of our 40th celebrations we have been invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir. We are well used to participating in mass choir singing and are looking forward to meeting up with the LWMVC again and other fellow comrades. Subject to availability of places on our coaches/hotel, you are invited to join us.
Many exciting things happened as the choir grew and became more adventurous. We are a much travelled choir from east to west and north to south in the UK and enjoy travelling overseas on concert tours. We can recall memorable, magical occasions such as sharing the platform with some of the world’s distinguished performers and singing in prestigious concert venues and cathedrals. Two recent highlights were making our debut appearance on BBC Countryfile, filmed at Ragley Hall and supporting a dinner engagement organised by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham to say thank you to the Doctors and Nurses who attend to our injured soldiers.
We have been very successful with lottery grants, and donations by Alcester Town Council, Waitrose, Johnsons Coaches and members of the choir who are raising funds themselves to support the 40th budget plan. We are very grateful to our sponsors and Friends of the Choir for their continued support.. One day, when we find the time (!), we hope to produce a well over due new CD but until then a ‘special sale’ for a set of 5 CDs can be found in the music samples.
Alcester Male Voice Choir is renowned for its diversity when it comes to its performances, and the
Celebration Gala Concert in Symphony Hall will be no exception. We really do hope that you will join us. Here are a few more photographs of guest performers sharing the platform with us. We have performed with each one of them before in various concerts, and it is a great honour to work with them once again.
Welsh Guards Band. Director of Music : Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Barnwell
(Fanfare team was honoured to perform at Westminster Abbey on June 4th 2013 during the service of the 60th Anniversary Service of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen).
Only Men Aloud
composer and arranger
Rutleigh / Norris School of Ballet
Principal Edwina Norris
And finally … Why not visit us in our new home, Jubilee Centre, St Faith’s Road Alcester B49 6AG, where we rehearse and gain some insight into ‘what makes us tick?’ We are well used to people just dropping in. Just come along or give me a ring on 07886139781 for more details and to check that we are rehearsing that particular evening. (please do not post documentation to this address)
With All Good Wishes