Churchdown Male Voice Choir
50 years of Singing
Welcome to the website of Churchdown Male Voice Choir, a choir that was formed in 1965 in Churchdown, Gloucestershire and which is still going from strength to strength.
The aims of the choir are to enjoy singing, to perform for charitable causes and to experience the comradeship and pure excitement that comes from perfoming in a male voice choir.
We rehearse every Monday night in Churchdown Community Centre from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Either just turn up and meet us, or contact us through the Contact page You can be certain of a warm welcome and all the help you will need to enable you to settle in to a large and friendly choir.
In celebration of the choir’s 50th anniversary a book has been compiled by three members of the choir, Derrick O’Brien, Andrew Chalmers and Pete Wilson. The fully illustrated book contains anecdotes from members detailing events, both humorous and sad, during the choir’s history. Also given are details of dates and venues of all of the concerts performed since the choir’s foundation. The book, 50 Years of Churchdown Male Voice Choir is priced £7.50 and is available from Colin Acton on 01452 714360
Christmas - 2016
The choir was unusually busy in the run-up to Christmas. On December 13 we were in Cheltenham Ladies College in a concert in support of rotary club charities. The concert was introduced by Mark Cummins of Radio Gloucestershire and featured the Forest of Dean Brass and the children's choir of Leckhampton School.
On Saturday December 17 we were in St Edward's Church, Stow on the Wold in a concert in support of Kate's Nursing Home. The charity exists to give support to patients and families in their own homes in the last stages of their illness. The concert was a great success and was well appreciated by the full audience. A great moment was when someone in the audience donated a cheque for £5000 to the charity and from someone else, £1000.
On December 8 the choir joined in the singing of carols outside Marks and Spencer in Cheltenham to start Christmas for all the passers by and for the people stopping and joining in.
Following all this activity the choir topped it all off with three sell -out Christmas concerts in Churchdown Community Centre. They followed the usual mixture of audience carols and carols for the choir, but this year we sang some popular Christmas songs, at one time top of the popular charts. Happy Christmas Everyone and Do they know it's Christmas featured several solos from within the choir and allowed the audience to join in with gusto.
On the final night our Chairman, Pete Wilson told a nice story about one of our audience members. Julie Taylor first heard the choir when she was 6 months of age in company with her father and mother Barry and Betty Taylor, brother in law of choir member, Colin Acton. The choir was on tour to Bournemouth and her parents have since been on all but two choir tours in the choir’s history. When Julie was 5 she learned the song Peace on Earth to sing at Christmas with her school and she later sang it at Barry and Betty’s Silver Wedding. When Julie was 7, again on tour with the choir, she sang the song with her uncle Colin in the hotel. When John Blenkinsopp, our former MD, heard it he decided to make a choir arrangement and it was that arrangement that we have sung ever since. Colin sang the piece at her wedding 2 years ago. Now with a child of her own Julie and her husband heard the choir sing it again in the Christmas concert and posed for a photograph with baby Jacob and uncle Colin and then with Ralph
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