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 have always enjoyed a whole range of music, including the occasional Karaoke number, but it was by pure chance that I became involved with Harrogate Male Voice Choir, not having previously sung with any choir since my primary school days. After a chance meeting between my sister-in-law and a choir member, I was encouraged to make contact to obtain more details. This led to me joining a car-share arrangement to Tuesday night rehearsals. The choir members could not have been more welcoming, with everyone being so friendly and helpful. I was initially placed with the 2nd Tenors to establish my vocal range and was given brilliant support by my mentors which certainly helped to put me at ease, I am still with them. I have been hugely impressed by the sheer professionalism of our Musical Team, made up of Director, Patrick and accompanists David and Fiona. I find the whole experience invigorating, enjoyable, most satisfying and worthwhile, and the results of our efforts a joy to hear.
Lawrie Coulthard (2nd Tenor)

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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