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Start of 40th year October to December 2013
A very special year and a very special event for local choir
This month sees the start of a very special year for one of the area’s best known choirs The Alcester Male Voice Choir. The choir is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Year and to mark this achievement will be holding Gala Concert at Symphony Hall Birmingham next April.
The choir was founded back in 1974 by Judith Land, who had moved to the Midlands from the South Wales Valleys, to take up a teaching position as head of music at a local school. It was from her school; choir that The Alcester Male Voice Choir was formed when young men between the ages of 15 & 18 years and some of their fathers asked if they could continue singing outside of school activities and so the choir was renamed. From that moment on the choir has gone from strength to strength, and today 40 years later the choir has of over 80 gentlemen from all walks of life.
The choir is much travelled and has performed all over the UK, appearing at some of the most prestigious concert venues and cathedrals and has shared the platform with some of the world’s most distinguished performers. Locally, over those 40 years the choir has helped raise many thousands of pounds for charities, churches, schools, groups and clubs of all kinds with regular concerts throughout the area.
Forty years on Judith is still Director of music and under her guidance the choir is now recognised for its varied repertoire, professionalism and as one of the largest and most sought after male voice choirs in the region.
Judith explains ” the choir is a big part of my life, there have been many notable highlights over the years, two recent highlights were appearing in last year’s Christmas edition of BBC Countryfile at Ragley hall and supporting a dinner engagement organised by the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham to say thank you to the medical staff who attend our injured soldiers. In spite of all this, after 40 years, ‘I still get the greatest pleasure from teaching my choir, made up of gentlemen of differing abilities to sing a wide variety of songs and through their hard work and dedication bring them up to professional concert standard” she went on to say that ” to mark this special anniversary we are holding a Gala Concert at Symphony Hall on 5th April next year which promises to be a wonderful evening. Also sharing the stage will be the Welsh Guards Fanfare Trumpeters, Craig Yates from only Men Aloud, Andrew Fletcher on the organ and the Rutleigh/ Norris Ballet School”
Tickets are already on sale for the concert, and coach transport is available for a little extra cost with seven pick up points throughout the area. Full details and booking form can be found on the choirs web site http://www.alcestermvc.org/ or call their booking office on 07860 379668