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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Malton choir joins concert spectacular

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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Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Choir books another Opera Diva


Jaqueline Edwards

February 15, 2013: For the sixth year in a row, Malton District Male Voice Choir has succeeded in efforts to bring classical singers to the area by booking another eminent operatic performer for its annual concert.

The choir said its latest guest soloist will be mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Edwards, who has performed, among others, with Opera North, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and the BBC Singers. She will sing at the choir’s Sixth Annual Concert which is being held for the first time this year in St Peter’s Church, Norton on May 18th.

Jacqueline Edwards is the latest in a line of eminent classical performers to sing with the choir since it was founded in 2007. Last year’s soloist was Kate McCarney from the Royal Opera Covent Garden and other guests have included oratoria singer Wendy Goodson and Ryedale Festival soprano Emily Smith.

Jacqueline Edwards is the first guest classical singer to be also an accomplished pianist. She studied at the Royal College of Music in London and in Salzburg, Austria and has appeared in oratorio and in concert in the UK, including most of London’s major concert venues.

As well as Opera North and Glyndebourne Touring Opera she has also performed with English Touring Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and with Opéra du Nord in Lille, France. She has also sung with the BBC Singers and on BBC Radio and Television.

Final details of the May concert are expected to be released in April.

Malton District Male Voice Choir, currently under the leadership of accompanist and Assistant Musical Director Vivien Wilcock, said meanwhile it is seeking to appoint a new MD. This paid position would suit a conductor with choir or musical theatre experience, the group said.


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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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Choir’s spring switch marks Sixth Anniversary

May 1, 2013 Malton District Male Voice Choir, founded in 2007, is changing step this spring to expand membership in the wake of its upcoming Sixth Annual Concert on May 18th .

To make it more accessible to singers who want to join, the choir is changing its weekly practice night from Friday to a more popular Monday starting on May 20th. The change will follow the choir’s Sixth Annual Concert in St Peter’s Church Norton on May 18th .

Explaining the switch, Choir Secretary David Ackroyd said “We hope to a number of potential members who want to join but cannot come on Fridays. “Already a number of people have said they will be joining us after we move our regular practice to Monday”, he added.

For those who are interested but unsure, the choir is also holding an open, no-obligation fun practice sing on an upcoming Monday in its meeting rooms at Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street.

“Previous singing experience is not necessary”, said Musical Director Vivien Wilcock. “The best yardstick for anyone thinking of joining us is to enjoy singing and good company. Singing is fun, good exercise and beneficial for your health”. Membership is open to men of all ages.

The guest soloist at the choir’s upcoming May 18th Annual Concert is operatic mezzo-soprano and multi-talented female performer Jacqueline Edwards. She is the latest in a line of classical singers who have delighted local audiences at choir concerts in recent years. She will sing from Carmen and Merrie England and will also add her own unique performing style with several self-accompanied musical selections.

The choir’s own repertoire this year will range from classic male voice evergreens to part arrangements of popular songs.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Choir on song for  spring concert


May 29, 2013: Malton District Male Voice Choir is already reporting new members in its ranks just in time for a busy singing schedule this summer after changing its weekly practice day.

“At least four new singers have already joined or will join us in the coming weeks as a result of our moving the weekly practice from Friday to Monday. Some of them have already sung with other groups”, said Chairman Tom Todd. “Some former members have also said they will consider rejoining the choir”, he added.

The popular choir has met Fridays in Malton since it was created in 2007. But it has become difficult to attract new members on Fridays. “Initially that was a good night”, said, Tom, “but these days more men clearly prefer to start the week with a song rather than end it with one!”

Secretary David Ackroyd said the choir, which has scores of concerts and charity appearances under its belt, “is now well-established with a solid singing nucleus and will survive a weekly practice switch. It has been encouraging how many people have welcomed the change”, he added.

Membership expansion comes at a good time for the choir, which is heading to Scarborough soon for two separate performances. It opens its summer schedule on July 1st with a concert in South Cliff Methodist Church and ends the month with another trip to Scarborough for a concert at Queen Street Methodist Church on July 31st. “We’ve performed at South Cliff several times in the past, but this will be our first concert at Queen Street. said David Ackroyd. “We are looking forward to being back by the sea again”,

The male voice choir will also sing at a local wedding in early August and concerts elsewhere are planned in the run-up to Christmas.


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Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Choir is back in concert by popular request

December 13th, 2015: The choir and its regular local singing friends are back on December 13th by popular request for another Sunday afternoon festive Christmas concert for the whole family.

Last December the choir and guest soloists put on a rare Sunday concert in Malton which many audience members said they would like to hear again. “It went down so well with both children and grown-ups that we are repeating a successful format”, said Choir Chairman Tom Todd.

This year’s concert is on Sunday December 13th at 3.00 pm in Malton St. Michaels Church, Market Square, Malton. As always, there is plenty of free local parking available and it is hoped the latest daytime event will also prove popular again with families and older people. Entry is £6.00 on the door. Children under 12 are free.

Joining the group’s own solo singers again this year with new songs is popular Ryedale soprano Rachel Anderson . The choir, with Vivien Wilcock conducting and Chris Welch at the piano, will also be introducing new arrangements of popular evergreens alongside traditional carols which the audience will be able to join in. (end)


Choir waves off overseas tenors

November 14, 2014: Two popular overseas members of the choir have returned home after singing with us for a year. Both Marcel Fraenzel and Matt Journeé had much praise for the quality and enthusiasm of the choir and said it had been a lot of fun.

Dutchman Marcel and partner Petra returned to Holland where Marcel was taking up a position late November as mayor in the municipality of Noord Beveland in Zeeland. He spent over a year with the choir during a sabbatical in Thornton Le Dale. He discovered the choir on the Internet.

Matt Journeé, wife Linda and the girls have meanwhile reported arriving safely back in Christchurch in New Zealand after being in the UK for three years. He joined the choir in July 2013 after meeting a member at a concert his small daughter was singing in.

Matt has meanwhile reported having to get his shorts straight out of the luggage to cope with the warming weather at the other end of the planet – a stark contrast indeed to the cold November weather at his going-away party in Binnington, which several choir members attended! He also said he intended to put together a photo/recording mix of the choir’s April Scarborough NAC concert for the MDMVC website. It was, he concluded, “inevitable” that he and Linda and the girls would be returning to the UK one day.

The choir held a very successful and fun-packed farewell concert

for Marcel and Matt on October 4th in Malton Methodist Church. The concert also benefitted St John’s Church in Newton upon Rawcliffe, the home of choir Musical Director Vivien Wilcock.  (end)


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