Mansfield Male Voice Choir

A brief illustrated history

By Jean Hale

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Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir was formed in 1944 by the merging of the Rainworth Male Voice Choir (1926) and the Mansfield Orpheus Choir. Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir have a long and illustrious history in the musical tradition of Mansfield.

In 2003 Meryl Chambers was appointed Musical Director and now the choir boasts over 50 enthusiastic and committed choristers. In 2007 Ian Grice accepted the position of Deputy Musical Director and our accompanist, Margaret Ball is a very experienced local musician. These three
talented people are an invaluable asset to the choir.

Photo:The choir in the market place in Heiligenhuis circa 2008

The choir in the market place in Heiligenhuis circa 2008

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The choir not only performs in and around the Mansfield area regularly raising thousands of pounds for local and national charities, but also country wide. The choir history portrays numerous prizes winning performances at National and Regional level.

More recent highlights include singing in No 10 Downing Street and on two occasions having the honour of being one of only two English choirs to be invited to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and the Manchester Evening News Arena in 2012 with the Welsh Association of Male Choirs, Joint
Festival of Welsh Massed Voices. In July 2012 the choir completed a tour of Wales singing 4 concerts with other Welsh choirs.

Photo:A request concert at Clipstone church, wearing black blazers instead of the normal red.

A request concert at Clipstone church, wearing black blazers instead of the normal red.

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2013 was a busy year and included singing with nine male choirs and the Band of the Royal Marines at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham. This year [2014] is already fully booked and includes entering the prestigious BBC Choir of the Year Competition as well as concerts in Mansfield Palace
Theatre, Southwell Minster, Bury St Edmunds, Newstead Abbey and many local churches.

Do visit the choir website - and see if we are performing a at venue near you. If not then perhaps consider an event of your own, we are always happy to help.

This page was added on 17/05/2014.
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An exhibition about Mansfield Male Voice Choir will be in Mansfield Museum 9th June- 5th July 2014. It will feature photographs from 1930s onwards and information on the choirs history, uniforms, trophies, music etc. Discover about the choirs contribution to the  life of this area.

By Pauline Marples
On 19/05/2014

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