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Southern England's most exciting male voice choir!

Registered charity number: 1112732

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African Prayer raises roof in South Croydon

JUNE 16: The Croydon choir delivered a stirring concert to an appreciative audience on Saturday, 9 June.  The venue, Emmanuel Church in South Croydon, proved to have excellent acoustics which brought out the best in the choir.

Emmanuel Church

Conducted by music director Richard Hoyle, the choir performed its usual eclectic repertoire, beginning with the spiritual Go Down Moses and ending with the frenetic Israeli song Hava Nageela.  It premiered Eric Whitacre’s evocative Seal Lullaby to great effect, and raised the roof with its resounding version of African Prayer.  The solo spot was taken by CMVC top tenor Nick Hewitt.

New choir CD! 

APRIL 28: The choir has just produced its latest CD, Brothers, Sing On!  The outcome of almost two years rehearsing and recording, directed by our MD Richard Hoyle, it offers a stunning selection of the choir's current and recent repertoire.  

The CD will be on sale at our forthcoming concerts, priced at just £10.   You can sample and purchase the recording or individual tracks by using this link  

 

 

Choir sings for cancer charity

FEBRUARY 14: The choir sang for a local cancer charity at its first concert of the year on Saturday.  Benefitting from the superb acoustics of St Marks, Woodcote, it received rapturous applause from an enthusiastic audience.  

Choir chair Kim Ormond with SECHC's Eleanor Appleton

Music director Richard Hoyle selected a range of pieces from the choir’s current repertoire, including a first public outing for the challenging and evocative Seal Lullaby by the American choral composer Eric Whitacre.

Come and try us!

FEBRUARY 1: If you fancy a sing, and wonder what it's like being in a choir, come and try us at our Sandilands rehearsal venue on Thursday March 15.  We are holding a “recruitment evening” and all are welcome, experienced or otherwise. 

The evening kicks off at 7.45 and will give a taste of the choir, its singing, and its splendid social life to anyone who is tempted to attend.  It will be very friendly and informal, so please come along!

Richard retires!

JANUARY 14 2018: After 27 years with the choir, Richard Hoyle is retiring as CMVC's music director. This dramatic news was first made public at our Croydon Welsh Christmas concert, and has now been formally announced. 

Richard Hoyle, retiring after 27 years

Richard joined the choir as pianist in 1991 and became music director in 2000.  By the time he leaves in July, he will have conducted 186 concerts. 

Farewell to Darren

DECEMBER 16: The choir bade farewell to Darren Wilkins, assistant music director, pianist and flautist, and top tenor stalwart, at the choir social on Thursday.

Darren is leaving Croydon to take up a new teaching post job in Ascot in the New Year, and this was his last occasion at a choir function.   The choir made a presentation to Darren and thanked him further with a resounding ovation.

 

Darren  accepts his presentation from Kim at the social on December 14 (photo JWT)

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