“Harrogate Male Voice Choir celebrates 50 years of singing”
The Royal Hall, Harrogate : 7.30pm, Saturday, May 11th 2019
Whilst there is evidence of earlier male voice groups in Harrogate, Harrogate Male Voice Choir as we know it today evolved from the decision, in 1969, of an enthusiastic handful of singers to dedicate themselves to the laudable task of promoting male choral singing in the area and to the raising of funds for deserving causes through public performances.
Fifty years on, the aims of those early pioneers remain as the raison d’etre for some 50 members to rehearse each Tuesday between August and the following June and for a dedicated Musical Director and two accomplished Accompanists to share their professional expertise with a predominantly amateur membership.
The choir has performed in small village churches, cathedrals, castles, stately homes and several times in the Royal Albert Hall, albeit appearances in the latter have been in the company of several hundred other singers whose efforts have raised well over £500,000 for investment into research for a cure to the many forms of cancer which plague us today.
The choir has also performed on a more personal level at many weddings, landmark anniversary and corporate events and has participated in numerous joint concerts with other choirs visiting the Yorkshire area from all parts of the country.
In recent times Harrogate MVC has initiated a “Sing Out” project, reaching out to and involving children from local primary schools in joint performances. This aims to support the efforts of
school music teachers in encouraging young children to participate in musical activities as part of their confidence building and overall development.
To help us celebrate our own 50th anniversary, it was agreed that we should involve, as our Special Guests, a musical group from the upper reaches of the musical spectrum and are delighted that VOCES8, an internationally acclaimed ensemble of consummate professionals, has accepted the choir’s invitation to participate in its anniversary concert on May 11th 2019.
VOCES8 integrates eight wonderful solo voices of impeccable quality, tone and balance with meticulous timing and tuning. The group performs a varied programme, mainly a cappella, appearing at prestigious venues worldwide and on international TV and radio. Not surprisingly, several of their recordings have reached the top of the classical charts.
VOCES is proud to inspire people through music, collaborating with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists and has premiered commissioned pieces from many leading composers and arrangers. 2019 sees the premiere of a commission by Jonathan Dove to mark the culmination of his time as the group’s Composer in Residence. The group is also passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the music charity VCM Foundation, engaging in a broad range of outreach work which can involve up to 40,000 people a year.
Dedicated to supporting promising young singers, the group awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars Initiative. VOCES8 is also proud to be the Associate Ensemble for Cambridge University and delivers a Master’s programme for choral studies.
“VOCES8 are undoubtedly gifted.” – The Times
CD Extracts – Harrogate Male Voice Choir
Tickets will be available from Harrogate Theatre Box Office from February 14th 2019.
Purchase in person from Harrogate Theatre Box Office, 6 Oxford St, Harrogate, HG1 1QF or
online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
: Sponsors of Harrogate MVC’s 50th Anniversary Year
Patrick Lee Musical Director
John Melanaphy Chairman
Roger Gill Secretary
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