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March 2,2014: Malton District Male Voice Choir is among singers from across the region raising their voices in early April at a unique charity concert being held by the National Association of Choirs (NAC) in Scarborough.

About 25 members of the popular choir will be among more than 200 performers taking part in the special concert, which will be in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

It is being held at Scarborough’s Westborough Methodist Church on Saturday April 5th starting at 7pm and will mark the 2014 NAC Conference at Scarborough’s Crown Spa Hotel April 4th to 6th.

Apart from the Malton men’s choir, Staxton Singers, Cadenza from Harrogate, Beverley Male Voice Choir, Hull Male Voice Choir, Hull Ladies Choir and North Ferriby Ladies Choir are also taking part .

In what promise to be spectacular performances, the more than 200 voices in all seven choirs will open the show with Martin Shaw’s “With a Voice of Singing” and close it with Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from the Messiah – both conducted by Staxton Singers Musical Director Stan Kell.

It’s the first time Malton District Male Voice Choir has been involved in a multi-choir event, which will feature more than 20 songs with three from each choir. In addition the male voice choirs will combine to sing the Welsh hymn “Gwahoddiad” and the ladies’ choirs will join forces for “Hail Holy Queen” from the musical ‘Sister Act’.

Tickets for the April 5th concert are available from Scarborough Music Centre on 01723 373757, Scarborough information offices and Westborough Methodist Church on 01723 506926.

The NAC concert kicks off a busy season for the Malton choir, now in its seventh year. On April 26th it performs at the United Reformed Church in Pickering and on May 17th it sings at St Michael’s Church in Gt. Edstone. On May 30th the choir welcomes Newchurch Male Voice Choir from the Isle Of Wight for a joint concert in Malton School. On June 21st it is to perform at a wedding in Kirkbymoorside - the fourth wedding it has been invited to take part in. On July 1st it will sing in Stamford Bridge and on July 19th the choir will be in concert with Stape Silver Band in Pickering

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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


Royal Opera comes to Choir Birthday Concert PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 April 2012

Covent Garden mezzo-soprano Kate McCarney adds a royal flavour to Malton District Male Voice Choir’s annual concert in May when she reprises a performance that thrilled local fans in 2009.

The Royal Opera singer is the guest soloist at the choir’s Jubilee Annual Concert on Saturday May 12th in the Malton Milton Rooms. The latest concert marks not only the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but also the choir’s fifth birthday.

Kate McCarney, who appears by kind permission of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, last sang in Malton in October 2009 to mark the choir’s second birthday. She delighted a big local audience then with a programme which included the popular arias Softly Awakes my Heart from Samson & Delilah, and Habanera from Carmen, in which she tossed red roses into the audience.

Choir Chairman Tom Todd said “Kate enthralled everyone in 2009 and I have no doubt she will be just as memorable this time. It’s not every day you get to hear a classical singer of such quality in our town and I hope her latest visit will attract the big audience it deserves”.

Belfast-born Kate McCarney studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. As well as singing with Royal Opera she has taken principal roles with the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, the Opera Theatre Company and at the Wexford Festival. She has also sung in concert in Britain and Holland, Spain, France and Mexico.

Kate will be joined in duet at the Malton concert by bass-baritone Chris Thornton-Holmes, the choir’s former Musical Director and co-founder. Chris sang for many years with La Scala Milan and also with Glyndebourne and Royal Opera. He now lives and teaches locally.

The programme for the May 12th concert will include special Jubilee celebration numbers including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory which will also include Kate and the audience in try Proms style.

The Jubilee Annual Concert is under the baton of the choir’s current Musical Director Chris Gulley. At the piano will be Vivien Wilcock with Fred Dennis accompanying Kate McCarney and Chris Thornton Holmes.

The concert starts at 7.30 pm and tickets, at £8.00, are limited and unnumbered and available from Hoppers the Stationers in Malton Market Place Tel: 01653-692014 or from choir members. For more information call Secretary David Ackroyd on 01944-758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653-692362.



Male voice choir launches “Sing for Health!” campaign PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 27 January 2012


Jan 4th, 2012: Malton District Male Voice Choir, which opens its 2012 practice season next week, has urged local singers to do something for their health this year - and join in.

“Do your health a favour and make it a New Year resolution to sing!”, said Choir Musical Director Chris Gulley. “It’s good for you as well as being a lot of fun and a great hobby”.

The male voice choir, created in Malton in 2007 and grouping singers aged 16 to 85, opens its new singing season and holds its first informal practice of 2012 on Friday January 13. The practice is in the Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street. “Now is the perfect time to join us”, said Choir Chairman Tom Todd, “as we learn fresh songs for this year’s concerts”.

The choir’s repertoire ranges from popular songs from the shows to folk and opera classics. New members are welcome and do not need to have previous singing experience.

The choir announced before Christmas that it is switching its annual Milton Rooms concert in 2012 from October to May 12 to take part in celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and also to celebrate its own fifth birthday.

The 2011 annual concert was held September 10th in the Milton Rooms with acclaimed local opera singer Wendy Goodson. The name of the 2012 operatic soloist has not yet been revealed.

Among other concerts this year will be the choir’s third with Harmonia Ladies’ Choir. Repeat concerts are also scheduled in a number of towns and villages around Ryedale where thousands of pounds have already been raised for good causes.

Malton District Male Voice Choir meets every Friday from 7.45 to 2130 pm. If you’d like to join, call Secretary David Ackroyd on 01944 758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653-692362.


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