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 seeking a Musical Director who will take up this post at the end of August 2020. That person will be someone with the experience and expertise needed to continue the development of the choir in a variety of styles and genres, and make the choir their priority.

The current MD is Patrick Lee who, in his six years with the choir, has taken it from the ordinary to highly regarded and has expanded its repertoire significantly across various genres. The choir has become used to fresh challenges and improving its standards. It is seeking an MD who will continue that advancement with a target of becoming the best Male Voice Choir in Yorkshire, singing a widening range of styles and genres. The new MD will be ably assisted by two excellent accompanists, David Mawson and David Ward-Campbell.

The choir has over 50 members of various abilities and rehearses every Tuesday between 7.30 and 9.30pm at Woodlands Methodist Church, Harrogate HG2 7SG from late August to the end of May (Bank Holidays excepted). Its objectives are to enjoy its singing, have fun, continually improve and raise money for charity. With regard to the latter it gives around twelve performances a year.

The choir is managed by an elected Committee, of which the MD is an ex officio member. It has a Music sub Committee, which the MD leads. Rehearsals, concerts and Committee meetings amount to about 50 per year and the MD is expected to attend the great majority of these.

The Choir has developed an outreach project with local Primary Schools, its aims being to foster life long enjoyment of singing in young children. The choir links with two schools per annum and they practice together to produce a ‘Sing Out’ concert. It is thoroughly enjoyed by all. The MD will be expected to continue this initiative.

The Post offers an honorarium, details of which will be discussed with individual candidates at interview.

The closing date for applications is 21rd March 2020. Candidates will then be sent two pieces that they will be asked to conduct at auditions on the 7th April at Woodlands Methodist Church. Your audition will last 30 minutes. Interviews with individual candidates will take place no later than 13th April and a decision on an offer will be made on the 14th and the successful candidate advised. All candidates are invited to attend choir rehearsal on the 31st March to meet its members.

You are invited to submit an application for this post to peterallenhouse@icloud.com
The application should comprise a CV, which includes musical background and experience and a letter, which sets out what you believe you can bring to the choir and how you will help it achieve its objectives. Please include a postal address so that the audition pieces can be sent to you by post

Peter Allen, Chairman. tel 07828582461

A job description can be found in the ‘About Us’ Section of the website.

HMVC Member Reviews


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 have improved our performance level enormously during the last five years with our Musical Director, Patrick, at the helm. This climaxed with our 50th Anniversary Concert in the Royal Hall which we shared with our guests, the brilliant Voces8 singers. 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, and that they fit in very easily. 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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