Cirencester Male Voice Choir
Concerts by visiting male voice choirs have always been a sell-out in Cirencester, but until recently, the town never had a choir of its own.
In 2009, Phil Kerton set about correcting this anomaly, and on December 12, 2009 – a mere three months after he began recruiting – 12 men made their first formal appearance as Cirencester Male Voice Choir.
Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength, growing in numbers, with a membership ranging in age from 16 to 85 and over.
The choir performs an annual concert as a focal point, whilst also performing for many charitable organisations throughout the year, helping to raise a substantial amount of money in the process.
In 2012, the choir performed alongside The London Welsh Male Voice Choir at the Royal Albert Hall in a concert of the highest quality - quite an achievement for a choir still in its infancy.
They went on to a national competition in Torquay in March 2012 where they won the accolade of ‘Happiest Choir’ – an indication of the fun and enjoyment its members gain from being part of the choir.
The choir meets once a week on Mondays at the Parish Church in Cirencester Market Place, from 7.30pm-9.30pm, usually followed by a drink down the pub. The social element to meetings is important – encouraging friendship and generating a strong, cohesive musical unit.
The choir is always looking for new members of all ages, whether you are new to male voice choirs or a seasoned veteran.
To find out more about Cirencester Male Voice Choir, visit the website at www.cirencestermvc.co.uk