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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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



 

 

 

The Croydon Male Voice Choir has been singing for more than 40 years. From modest beginnings, when we advertised for recruits in newsagents' shop-windows, we have grown to our current strength  of almost 70 members.  We sing at a variety of venues, from local halls and churches to the Royal Festival Hall.  

We have a rich and diverse repertoire, including British and American folk song, hit numbers from the great musicals, resounding English and Welsh hymns, American spirituals, classical pieces from opera, and great set pieces such as the Hallelujah Chorus.

We take part in festivals and tours, and have competed in the prestigious international choir competition in Truro, Cornwall.  Our increase in size has gone hand-in-hand with ever-rising standards and ambitions, enabling us to be ranked among the most accomplished male voice choirs in Britain.

 

The choir on tour in Suffolk in 2017

We are immensely proud of our success and above all enjoy communicating our pleasure to our audiences.    Over the next pages of our website, you can read about our latest achievements, our history, our directors and soloists, and our repertoire.

You can find out how to book us for concerts and how to buy our CDs. You will find contact details for our officials and how to join the choir. Use the menu on the lefthand side of this page to find the information you want and to move between pages.

For any details you cannot find on our website, please get in touch via the links on our Contacts page.

Our registered charity number is 1112732.

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