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.Choir is back in concert by popular request
November 14, 2014: The choir and its regular local singing friends are back on December 7th 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 afternoon 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 7th at 2.30 pm in Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street. 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 choir soloists again with new songs is popular Ryedale soprano Rachel Anderson while much-loved  Pickering comedienne Brenda Harper will inject her own brand of musical humour into the proceedings. 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)



Two popular overseas members of the choir have returned home after singing with us for a year. Marcel Frenzel 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 and found the choir on the Internet. Matt, wife Linda and their daughters have meanwhile reported arriving safely back in Christchurch New ealand after being in the UK for three years. He joined the choir in July 2013 after meeting a member at a concert. 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.



The choir teamed up on July 19th with Stape Silver Band for a unique concert to celebrate Yorkshire Day. The unusual concert featured instrumental music and songs with a Yorkshire theme or flavour and was held in Pickering Memorial Hall. The idea came out of a chance meeting in 2012  between our MD Vivien Wilcock and Pickering band members. Viv said the choir had been “stepping out in all kinds of directions recently and this brass and voice concert is a further way for us to widen our experience and win friends”.


The choir went south – well just a little way – on July 1st for it’s first concert in Stamford Bridge. Hosted by the Yorkshire Country Women’s Association this was a great fun evening followed by a splendid supper made even more special by a solo performance by eight year old Elena Journeé, the daughter of a member of choir.  The slowly increasing size of the choir is making itself felt at concerts like this as new members spread their wings and join us.
At last count the choir was 27 strong: 25 of them singing members.


On June 21st, the choir was in All Saints Church Kirkby Moorside again to perform at the wedding of  Angela Kneeshaw and Peter William Rooke friends of a choir member. It was our fourth wedding performance since 2007 and unusual because it was not only our third appearance in All Saints (two weddings and a concert) but because this time the choir sang when people were gathering in the church as well as during the registry signing.


On May 30th the choir was joined by Newchurch Male Voice Choir from the Isle of Wight for a superb evening which ended with a traditional singsong in Malton’s German Restaurant – something it would be great to do again some time. The concert, a ‘first’ for our choir, was held in Malton School’s new West Wing Hall with its splendid raked and retractable sea system.  The concert with Newchurch followed another choir ‘bonding’ exercise when we joined the other NAC choirs in Scarborough in April.


The choir helped raise £2,653 pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care at a concert in early April of the National Association of Choirs (NAC) in Scarborough. About 25 Malton choir members were among more than 200 performers from regional choirs in the unique charity event. It was held at Westborough Methodist Church to mark the 2014 NAC Conference in Scarborough and it was the first time our choir was involved in a multi-choir concert. As well as our own numbers it featured a combined Gwahoddiad by the men and Hail Holy Queen by the ladies’ choirs. The event kicked off a busy season for our choir. On April 26th it sang at the United Reformed Church in Pickering and on May 17th at St Michael’s Church in Gt. Edstone.


If those new year resolutions are already proving difficult to stick to, try joining a local choir. It’s easy to do and it’s good for your health and your social life.  That’ was the message from the choir in January . “It’s fun, good company and doesn’t cost the earth”, said Chairman Tom Todd. “It will do wonders for your self-esteem and all you need to do is come along to a practice, listen in and see if you like it. Anyone can join a choir and almost everyone has a good enough voice to do it, he told the press.