CHOIR HISTORY

 

 

A group of like-minded men came together on the evening of 3rd February 1944 and Coalville & District Male Voice Choir was formed. The Chairman, Ernest Evans stated that the need for a male voice choir in the district was not only for the present, but for the time when men would return from the forces, providing an outlet for their energies and a leisure time activity.Two weeks later, on February 17th 1944, Harry Toon took up the baton for the Coalville & District Male Voice Choir. Such has been the dedication of the conductors, that he was the first of only five to hold that office from the first night until the present day.

During the early years the choir was active in both festivals and concerts, appearing in many areas of the Midlands. Following the death of Harry Toon in 1953 Les Anderson was appointed conductor, an office he filled until 1981 maintaining the concert and festival traditions of his predecessor. In this period the choir progressed further and even recorded for the BBC. Aubrey Ward took over the baton in 1980 and for the next 25 years proved to be both an enthusiastic and dedicated Musical Director.

In 2005 Cynthia Moseley became Musical Director and Tom King accompanist. The choir improved considerably under her excellent tutelage and was privileged to sing for H.R.H Princess Anne when she opened Burton on Trent Brewing Museum. In March 2010 the choir decided to change their name to "Coalville Male Voice Choir". In 2017, following a serious illness, Cynthia was obliged to step down. Fortunately, the choir was able to secure the services of Dr. Georgie Lorimer. a local singing tutor, who has proved to be a great assett for the choir.

 

The Choir concert programme includes performances at venues ranging from the informality of a nursing home setting to the Annual Celebrity Concert. However, the highlight for some members has to be the Annual Weekend Away in the Spring, when the choir are joined by their partners for a few nights at one of the U.K.'s coastal resorts. Even these breaks have a focus on singing and always include a concert at a local church which enables the church to use the proceeds for any charity of its choice - often building refurbishment.

The enthusiasm and committment of the choir members to entertain is still as strong as ever, whether singing by themselves or as part of a massed choir. The continuing full programme of events has seen a wide variety of performances in venues as diverse as Cardiff Arms Park in Wales; the beautiful church of the Monastery at Monte Casino in Italy and the Royal Albert Hall in London. Regularly, throughout the years, the men of Coalville Male Voice Choir have donated many thousands of pounds to a number of worthy causes including Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough.

A FINE BODY OF MEN (PLUS 1 WOMAN!) - ANYBODY KNOW THE DATE? LET ME KNOW THROUGH OUR ENQUIRIES PAGE. Mike Collins

WE THINK  THIS WAS TAKEN IN 1955-56. ANY INFO ANYONE?