Malton Male Voice Choir
This choir is the earliest male voice choir we know about in our area and the photograph is dated 1905.
Reports said it was taken about the time of a York Musical Competition held on Friday and Saturday 12th-13th May 1905 and that Malton Male Voice Choir took first prize in its class, beating Michael-le-Belfry Choir of York.
Nothing further is known to us about this strong choir or its members.
Norton Primitive Methodist Male Voice Choir
Local retired school teacher Margaret Graham contacted us with this picture and information. “From what I undertstand the Norton Primitive Methodist Male Voice Choir was formed in 1914 from what had begun as a Quartet party”, she said. (She added that after Methodist Union (in 1932-Ed) it became known as Bethel Male Voice Choir .)
The outbreak of the First World War scattered members and the choir disbanded, Margaret continued. “It seems that this photo may have been taken in 1934 after twenty years of singing” and the photo carries the dates 1914-1934.
Choir members are named as:
Top row, left to right: Walter Dobson, M. Prentice, Cyril Wray, J.W.Tweddle, Bill Arnott, Ted Burnett. Bottom row, left to right: Jack Jefferson, Jack Redpath, Fred Metthew, Tom Wompra, Sid Dennis