Kirk concert kicks off Male Choir festive season
Malton District Male Voice Choir is launching the Christmas season with its first major concert in Pickering’s popular Kirk Theatre on Saturday December 1st.
The choir, now in its sixth year, has already helped raise thousands of pounds for local causes at concerts in Pickering itself and surrounding villages including Middleton, Edstone, Appleton and Newton Rawcliffe.
Its concert at the Kirk Theatre will be its first in Pickering’s premier entertainment venue, although many choir members have performed there in shows over the years by Malton & Norton Musical Theatre, Pickering Musical Society and other local groups.
The concert will feature a kaleidoscope of traditional and modern songs and solos with a festive flavour to get the Christmas season underway.
At the piano is Chris Welch and wielding the baton is Assistant Musical Director Vivien Wilcock, who has conducted the choir since former MD Chris Gulley left in the summer.
Viv has been with the choir since it was founded in 2007 and is a former accompanist with Durham Police Male Voice Choir. She says the Malton choir “must now build on its current success and set a balance between traditional and modern music while having lots of fun”. She also welcomes more young singers. Current members range from 17 to 85.
The Kirk concert is the latest in a busy new season for the Malton choir. On December 8th it holds its annual concert of Christmas music in Malton Methodist Church. In January it makes a guest appearance with Ryedale Choral Union in Norton and also plans concerts next year in Newton Rawcliffe and Scarborough as well as its annual concert in May.
Tickets for the Kirk Concert, at £8.00, are available from the theatre’s booking office on 01751-474833 or from choir members.
Malton District Male Voice Choir is open to men of all ages and is the only choir of its kind in the immediate area. No previous musical experience is required to join. It meets Friday evenings in Malton Methodist Church. Call Secretary David Ackroyd on 01944-758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653-692362.
Choir members rehearse informally with Vivien Wilcock