4 NOV 2016


A trio of concerts in Malton and Pickering in December marks the tenth Christmas for Malton District Male Voice choir since it was founded in 2007. Described recently in the Radio Times as “… a bluff and characterful troupe of Yorkshire pensioners”, the choir kicks off the Christmas season with its annual yuletide concert of words and music for all the family on Sunday December 11th at 3pm in St Michael’s Church in Malton. It features a well-proven mixture of old and new seasonal songs and carols spiced with words and solos from choir and guests.  A week later the choir goes to Pickering on Sunday December 18th to sing in the Memorial Hall at 2pm as guests of the town’s new Welcome Church. All proceeds from the church’s “Celebrate Christmas” event are being donated to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The choir’s last appearance of 2016 will be at Malton’s prestigious Talbot Hotel on Christmas Eve. The hotel has invited it to return for the third year running to sing carols and Christmas songs in the bar between 6.30 and 7.30pm.

14 OCT 2016


The choir heads out of town in November – this time to Bridlington for its third annual appearance at the town’s East Coast Festival of Choirs and Voices. For the Bridlington Festival it joins other regional choirs at Christ Church in Quay Road on November 5th.  With Vivien conducting and Chris Welch at the piano, this year’s festival appearance is the third in a row for the choir. We return home for our own annual concert of Christmas music in St Michael’s Church in Malton on Sunday December 11th. On December 18th we sing at a Christmas Celebration in Pickering’s Memorial Hall for Welcome Church and on Christmas Eve we have again been invited to sing carols again in Malton’s Talbot Hotel.

28 SEPT 2016


A concert in Sledmere House featuring the male voice choir raised more than £2,000 for one of Ryedale’s favourite charities – Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The choir joined Yorkshire dialect comedian Adam Collier and the Magic Circle’s Chris Cassels for the charity event in the stately home in east Yorkshire. Viv conducted and the choir sang on the impressive Main Hall central staircase and then in the magnificent library of Sledmere House. Moira Gray played on the historic Main Hall organ as well as the Library piano. To honour the helicopter crews who fly with Yorkshire Air Ambulance we included “Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” and “Stout-hearted Men” in our programme. Air Ambulance organiser Annie Baron said it was a “wonderful” concert. She praised the variety and “lightness” of the songs sung by the choir and its “smallness” – 16 members attended - recalling concerts in small churches where space and catering for big choirs pose problems.

6 JUNE 2016


The choir is is back home facing new singing challenges after lending its voice to a unique concert spectacular with popular soprano Lesley Garrett. About a dozen members were among 210 singers from seven male voice choirs who sang at the 25th Anniversary Men of Steel concert in Scunthorpe’s prestigious Baths Hall with guest soloist Lesley. The popular opera and show soprano described the massed choir as “magnificent”. She brought men from Malton to the front of the stage for a hand-in-hand bow during a standing ovation before a capacity audience of more than 1000. In a personal message to the Malton choir before the concert, Lesley Garrett said “I know that the Malton choir are relatively young, just ten years old, but I am sure we will be able to make fabulous music together”. Vivien Wilcock said “Scunthorpe added greatly to our experience. We are no strangers to singing with other choirs but “this was the first time we have sung with so many at the same time – and in such illustrious company”, she added.