NEWS ARCHIVE 2015
13 DEC 2015
CHOIR BACK BY POPULAR REQUEST
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, Malton. There is plenty of free local parking 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)
2 NOV 2015
ALL CHANGE FOR CHOIR CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The choir’s Christmas concert in December had to be switched after serious structural problems closed our regular venue at Malton Methodist Church. The choir moved its regular 7.30 pm Monday night practices from the Methodist Church to the nearby Baptist Church Hall and the Christmas concert – originally planned for December 6th - was moved to St Michael’s Church on Sunday December 13th at 3pm. The word in early November was that assessment and repair of the structural defects discovered in the Methodist Church Listed building could take some time. In the meantime plans were being aired to redevelop the church into a multi-functional community centre.
In late October the choir added another new venue to the list when it sang for an appreciative audience in Cropton. The choir was also preparing for its second appearance at the Bridlington East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival on November 7th and on Christmas Eve it was singing for guests and visitors for the second year running at Malton’s Talbot Hotel where a programme of carols and Christmas music is planned.
5 OCT 2015
CHOIR HEADS FOR THE SEASIDE - AGAIN!
The choir is off to the seaside again this autumn to perform in a music festival in Bridlington before getting on song for a Christmas concert in Malton and a Christmas Eve appearance at Malton’s celebrated Talbot Hotel. The choir is in Bridlington on November 7th for its second appearance at Bridlington East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. It is the third time the Malton choir has taken part in a major joint coastal event. It also sang at a National Association of Choirs concert in Scarborough last year, helping raise more than £2,600 for charity. The choir was also preparing for its first concert in Cropton, adding another local village to the many it has perfomed in since it was founded in 2007. There was however uncertainty about the venue for the choir’s upcoming annual Christmas Concert on December 6th. because of unexpected structural work at the Methodist Church. A replacement venue was being sought in early October. “We are confident the concert will go ahead in Malton even though we’re not sure where at the moment”, said choir Chairman Tom Todd.
4 MAY 2015
MALTON CHOIR IS SCARBOROUGH BOUND
Malton District Male Voice Choir heads for the coast in June for two concerts in quick succession. The choir returns to South Cliff Methodist Church on June 15th for its third appearance at that venue’s successful weekly Monday concert evenings. The choir last took part in the South Cliff concerts in 2013. Organiser John Hastings said that appearance had gone down a treat with a large mainly local audience. Just five days after the South Cliff concert, the Malton men are back in Scarborough for their second joint concert with The Staxton Singers. Some 60 strong, the two choirs will sing in Burnistone Village Hall on June 20th. They sang together in Malton on April 25th at a concert which came in for praise from locals and visitors alike. They first sang together in April last year with five other choirs at a National Association of Choirs charity concert in Scarborough’s Westborough Methodist Church. The choir’s next appearance on the coast is planned for November 7th when it returns to Bridlington to take part in the East Coast Churches and Community Music Festival. However a planned Yorkshire Voices concert with five other local choirs at the Castle Howard Arboretum on July 4th has had to be cancelled because of sponsorship withdrawal. Organiser Anna Porter told the choirs “the arboretum team remains hugely enthusiastic about creating and developing a choral music 'festival' here so will redouble our efforts to secure funding to enable the event to take place next year”.
3 MAR 2015
LOCAL CHOIR JOINS FORCES FOR CONCERTS
Malton District Male Voice Choir is joining forces with Staxton Singers in April and June for a pair of new concerts – one in Malton and the other in Burniston near Scarborough. The two choirs first met at a National Association of Choirs singing festival in Scarborough last April which involved more than 200 singers and raised more than £2000 for charity. They agreed to meet and sing again together.The first concert is on April 25th in Malton Methodist Church in Saville Street. The Malton choir will join Staxton Singers for a return concert in Burniston Village Hall near Scarborough on June 20th. It’s not the first time Malton has hosted visiting choirs. Last May the choir held a much-acclaimed concert in Malton School with visiting Newchurch Male Voice Choir from the Isle of Wight. It has also sung with other choirs in Scarborough and Bridlington and has held several joint concerts with Malton ‘sister’ choir Harmonia. The latest joint concerts are part of a season for Malton District Male Voice Choir in which the theme is ‘songs from the shows’. Songs from Gilbert & Sullivan, Les Miserables, South Pacific and Student Prince are among those on the latest programme.
2 FEB 2015
CHOIR TELLS SHOW SINGERS TO GET BACK IN THE ACT
With “Songs from the Shows” at the top of its musical agenda this year, Malton District Male Voice Choir is urging former and active musical society performers to get back on song and join the friendly local group. The choir has just begun practising for a new season of concerts in and around Malton and says now is just the right time to take the plunge and join the friendly local group. Musical Director Vivien Wilcock, who is putting the show songs programme together, says it will include popular show music which will be familiar to everyone, particularly those who know and have sung in musical shows. Chairman Tom Todd added “Anyone who has performed in local musical productions but is no longer active on stage and yet still has these tunes in his head will find this year’s repertoire a joy”. Tom, who has performed in many shows with Malton & Norton Musical Theatre and Pickering Musical Society, founded the choir in 2007 to help fill a perceived musical gap in the town between show productions and the popular pantos. “The choir is very informal, a lot of fun and a very relaxing way to spent an evening” he says. Our members are mainly older men, many of them retired, which reflects the trend in male choirs across the nation. But we also have younger members.