A warm welcome is extended to new members irrespective of level of musical experience, be that considerable or restricted to enthusiastic, impromptu rendition of your favourite songs in the bath. There are no auditions or voice trials involved and an ability to read music, whilst an obvious asset, is not a necessity - indeed only a few of the choir’s members claim such proficiency.

The musical team provides expert guidance and together with plenty of encouragement from your colleagues, new members soon find themselves thoroughly enjoying their new singing experience and the camaraderie of the choir.

Singing is, of course, thirsty work and a little post-rehearsal refreshment is available and frequently enjoyed by many members in a nearby hostelry, The Travellers Rest - see Links.

Recruitment of new Musical Director (MD).

Harrogate Male Voice Choir is a group of 50+ gentlemen, based in Harrogate, who gather every Tuesday evening (from late August to the following June) to rehearse together in preparation for approximately twelve performances in the year. Their main objectives are to have fun while doing this, to maintain high standards of musical performance and to raise funds for a range of charities. They are seeking a Musical Director who will take up this post in late-August 2020. The ideal candidate will be someone who is able to make HMVC a priority, someone who has considerable experience and expertise in choral training and who will teach and continue to develop the choir in a wide variety of styles and genres.

The choir rehearses at Woodlands Methodist Church Hall, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SG, from 7.30 – 9.30 pm, on Tuesday evenings. The current Musical Director is Patrick Lee (since April 2014) and he will be vacating the post in May 2020. We also have two excellent pianists – Mr. David Mawson and Mr. David Ward-Campbell. The administration of the choir is undertaken by the main Choir Committee and the MD is an ex-officio member of this committee. The new Musical Director should expect to be at all rehearsals (up to 40 per year) and concerts and will also be required to attend meetings of the main committee (approximately 6-8 p.a.). Furthermore, the MD is the lead member of the choir’s Music Committee.

The choir has created an outreach project, “Sing Out”, which is intended to foster close working relationships with local primary school choirs. The inaugural joint concert of this initiative, on 20th May 2017, was hugely successful and rewarding for all concerned, as was the second Sing Out performance in 2018. This year, 2019-2020, is the 50th Anniversary of the choir. The major celebratory concert was held at the Royal Hall in Harrogate last May, when we welcomed the internationally renowned vocal ensemble, VOCES8, as our principal guests. We will be picking up the reins of the Sing Out project again in 2020, collaborating with two primary schools – Grove Road Primary School in Harrogate and Masham Primary School.

The Musical Director of Harrogate Male Voice Choir post offers an honorarium – details will be discussed with individual candidates at the interview.

Interested applicants should submit two documents to the Chairman, Mr. Peter Allen, peterallenhouse@icloud.com, tel. 07828 582461.

1. A letter of application explaining what the applicant feels she/he can offer Harrogate MVC . It should also include the applicant’s views on the future for MVCs and their thoughts on how they will accommodate singers of all abilities.
2. A copy of their Curriculum Vitae, covering musical background and experience.

The closing date for applications is Saturday 14th December 2019. Please ensure that a postal address is included in the letter of application.

We offer an open invitation and welcome to all applicants who wish to attend our regular rehearsal on 7th January 2020 when they can discover the choir’s capabilities at first hand. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview and audition which will take place on either 21st or 28th January 2020. If you are unable to attend on one of these two dates, please let us know in your letter of application. For further information, please visit the Harrogate MVC website, www.harrogatemvc.org.uk, or search on YouTube for our videos.

HMVC Member Reviews

Testimonials

I joined HMVC quite a few years ago now, and am still being rewarded with friendship and fun with the guys in the choir. We improved our performance level enormously during our years with Bernard White at the helm and we are now fortunate to have Patrick to take us on a few more steps. The choir welcomes men of all ages and abilities and surprises many new recruits when they discover that they have a talent for singing that was not evident to them before joining. Why not give it a go?
Graham Tarbutt – Baritone

Tuesday Night is music night

The choir rehearses between 7.30 and 9.30pm every Tuesday evening from early September to mid-July, in Woodlands Methodist Church Hall, Wetherby Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SG.

If you would like any further information please contact either :-
John Smith: Members’ Rep – Tel : 01423 547999 / Email : john.smith9567@ntlworld.com or
David Bayne : Choir Secretary – Tel : 01937 360867
or just turn up one Tuesday night when you will be made most welcome.

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