Alcester Male Voice Choir

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Redditch Advertiser, Stratford Herald, Stratford Observer, Just Sandy, Henley News
March/April 2015

Choirs 41st annual “near sell out” concert to feature fresh young talent

 The Alcester Male Voice Choirs 41st annual concert which takes place this year on Saturday 26th April in St Nicholas Church Alcester is a near sell out with several weeks still to go.

The 80 strong choir, under the leadership of Judith Land, BEM, FRSA, founder and Director of Music will be performing a varied programme which will include music from popular Operas and  shows including  West Side Story, The Pirates of Penzance, The Pearl Fishers,  Singing in the Rain. Sweet Charity and many other songs including the male voice choir classic Men of Harlech, plus Amen and Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet.

This year Judith has invited young talented youngsters to support the choir on stage and the audience will be able to enjoy performances from Betsy Harmony who styles herself as a vintage singer with her songs and costumes from the 1940s and 1950s. Betsy has already appeared with the choir and thrilled audiences with songs immortalised by artistes such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, The Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby and Vera Lynn. Also supporting the choir will be Matt Harris a 16 year old colleague student from Oxfordshire who takes part in performances at his local youth theatre and William Monks a talented young actor and singer who will be singing a duet on  stage with his Grandfather and choir member Ken Tyrer the longest serving choir member.

In addition, for this occasion only Judith has formed “The minors of Alcester Male Voice Choir” a group of young men who will sing with their grandfathers on stage and a group of young ladies who will be performing whilst the choir sings one of their numbers.

Judith said, “we are in St Nicholas Church this year and as such there are not quite so many tickets available, but there are a handful left and there are usually a few returns so anyone interested in coming along should call me on 07886 139781 to check availability or add their name to a waiting list”

The Alcester Male Voice Choir holds regular concerts throughout the area and beyond, helping to raise much needed funds for charities, churches and organisations of all kinds. Over the last twelve months they have also appeared at Symphony hall in Birmingham and The Royal Albert Hall, London