Welcome to the website of Croydon Male Voice Choir

Southern England's most exciting male voice choir!

Registered charity number: 1112732

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2009 Patrons' Concert

Croydon Male Voice Choir staged its annual Patrons' Concert at Whitgift School on Saturday, June 13.  A 400-strong audience, including patrons, friends and some special guests, packed the school's magnificent concert hall to hear songs from the choir's latest repertoire.

 

Several of the pieces, selected by musical director Richard Hoyle, were heard by the patrons for the first time.  The audience was  treated to fine singing by the soloist, tenor James Kinsella, who performed six songs.  He ended with an encore of Nessum Dorma in which, to his surprise, he was joined by the choir, bringing a smile to his lips.

The guests included local resident Roy Thackray, who had previously contacted Richard Hoyle to offer the choir his own arrangement of More I Cannot Wish You from the musical Guys and Dolls.  The choir performed the piece for the first time at the concert and Roy received a standing ovation when he was introduced to the audience.   Roy said that he was "more than happy" with the choir's performance of his arrangement, whch he had undertaken specially for the choir.  "It sounded perfect - it sounded better than when it was in my head."

Della at PatronsAnother special guest was the choir’s new president, the acclaimed mezzo-soprano Della Jones. This was Della’s first opportunity to hear the choir perform and Richard and the choir were keen to hear her opinion.  During the interval she addressed “her boys”, as she refers to the choir members, telling them how much she was enjoying the concert.  She was especially impressed by the choir's amazing sound, its discipline on stage, how closely it followed Richard's directions, and the fact that it sang without looking at music.  She ended by saying that she planned to attend a rehearsal and to join the choir afterwards for a beer.  Who knows, she may even be persuaded to sing a song or two.

Left: Della Jones talks to "her boys" at Whitgift  School

 

 

A walk in the mist

DECEMBER 8: A small but perfectly formed group of seven walkers assembled at Bletchingley Golf Club on Tuesday 6 December. As it was a morning start, the customary pre-amble beer was replaced by tea and bacon butties before the group ventured into the swirling mist.

The magnificent seven navigate through the mist

Navigator Dave found the route sagely but faced challenges in pointing out the historical landmarks, as in: "Over there in the mist you would have seen the Old Rectory House and the late mediaeval tudor beamed Brewer Street Farmhouse...".

Signpost helps direct the walkers

The group struck north past the Sibelco sand quarries and tested the acoustics of a motorway tunnel with a rendition of the customary "My Lord, what a morning", particularly appropriate in the winter gloom.

The group disappears into the gloom

The poor visibility fortunately concealed the looming face of Quarry Hangers on the North Downs until the walkers were ready to ascend. Dave offered three routes up the face, and was not surprised when the group rejected the Very Steep and Impossibly Steep options, opting for the basic Steep path instead. All reached the  crest without a cardiac arrest.

The seven plus Suki

Beer at The Harrow fortified the walkers for the return downhill leg and another song under the motorway. They particularly enjoyed the open vistas across the sand quarries as they approached the golf course. The final stretch past tees, greens and bunkers led the group back to the clubhouse for a late lunch.

 

Why not become a Patron?

By becoming a Patron you will be helping to support an organisation that brings enjoyment to its audiences and raises many thousands of pounds for charity. We'd welcome your support at our concerts and social occasions and also your assistance in helping us to meet the costs that are incurred in our wide-ranging activities. 

What do you get for your money? A complimentary ticket to the annual Patrons concert, one of the highlights of the perfoming year.  A souvenir programme bearing your name  for that concert.  A glass (or two) of wine at the concert.  Plus you can keep up to date with the choir and its activities by looking at our excellent website, packed with news, photographs and articles, together with our diary of events for the concert year.  

 

How to become a Patron

It's very easy.  Just contact our Patrons' Officer, Tim Ramskill, 21 Turnberry Way, Orpington, Kent  BR6 8DR. Phone 01689 601540. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The cost is very reasonable:

Single annual membership - £25     Single life membership - £200
Joint annual membership   - £40     Joint life membership   - £300

Ask about corporate sponsorship too.  We have packages offering excellent promotional opportunities - get your name associated with the Croydon MVC brand.

 

We welcome new members for our choir, one of the best in southern England.

We practise every Thursday evening at Sandilands, the home of Addiscombe Cricket Club. Rehearsals run from 8 to 10pm.   They are fun, friendly and informal, although we also work hard.  We stage about 12 concerts a year and are constantly renewing our repertoire, so there is always something new to learn.

The club premises have a welcoming ambience. There is a well-stocked bar, with one or more brands of real ale on tap.  On summer evenings in June and July you can stand outside and watch the cricket too.

We take a break from rehearsals for approximately six weeks of the summer holidays, during late July and August.   We hold informal singalongs during the summer period, when we rehearse the pieces we perform at the apres - the wind-down sessions held in local pubs after concerts.

So, if this appeals to you, just come along to Sandilands one evening to see what you make of us. You can sit with the choir and sing along, or you can just sit and watch.  It's best to arrive around 7.45pm. If you have not called us first, introduce yourself to any choir members you meet and they will take you in hand.

Sandilands

You do not need to be able to read music (only around half of our members do so.)  If you like singing and you can sing in tune, you can join us, and we promise that you will enjoy yourself.  You will need enthusiasm, a sense of humour, and a willingness to commit to the choir. That means rehearsing once a week and learning both words and tunes, as we perform without looking at sheet music.


Left: the choir has fun at Sandilands - leaving presentation to our former pianist Elspeth Wylie

 

You need to decide which "voice" you are - top tenor, tenor, baritone, or bass. If you are uncertain we can offer advice. After you have been practising with us for a few weeks, you will be asked to take a short informal audition (the pass rate is around 90%.) Then you will be awarded the choir's distinctive silver-grey jacket. From that point, you will be able to take part in our concerts and enjoy the choir to the full.

 

If you are interested, come and take a look.  The club is in Sandilands at the junction with Grimwade Avenue, CR0 5DB. (See map on "How to find CMVC" page.)  Just turn up - or give us a call to let us know you are coming. Choir chair Kimball  Ormond (01689 850371) or secretary Roger Lee (020 8686 2427) would be pleased to hear from you.

 

The Christmas Album is our latest CD.  It costs a very reasonable £10.
Containing a wonderful selection of carols and songs, this album will surely be a favourite every Christmas.


Recording 'Voicemale'
 

The Christmas Album 
is on sale for just £10.

TO BUY ONE contact Andrew Dadley:

Telephone 07941 890992
or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The 15 tracks on the CD are:

  The Christmas Album

- Sussex Carol
- Deck The Hall
- Away In A Manger
- Coventry Carol
- Good Enough For Him
- Silent Night
- Unto Us A Boy Is Born
- Past Three A'Clock
- See Amid The Winter's Snow
- Sing Noel
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- A Christmas Medley
- White Christmas
- The Little Drummer Boy
- O Holy Night



 

 

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