News for Members


While the wedding of the year was taking place in Croydon on Sunday 9 August, across in Keston a happy band of members, family and friends gathered for the choir barbecue, graciously hosted by Kimball and Annie Ormond, choir chair and consort respectively.

The 50-strong barbecue-goers ate, drank and sang the afternoon away. The musical highlight was the serenading of baritone Mark and Janine Hughes, who were celebrating their wedding anniversary, with the Anniversary Waltz, conducted by choir stalwart ‘Big’ Nev Clark.

Other features included the presentation of a new urn of Ashes to Aussie Jon Evans, made by Pete Smith with a suitably gloating speech; and failed attempts by Paul Binge (baritone) and Peter Gillman (bass) to walk the log across the Ormonds’ sumptuous swimming pool.   Only Sally Binge made the crossing successfully.

We are pleased to present a selection of photographs taken by John Ward Turner, Keith Sandland and Peter Gillman.

Pete Smith and Aussie Jon see the funny side of England's Ashes win

The choir serenades Mark and Janine Hughes

Members display their culinary skills

Big Nev conducts

Peter Gillman loses his balance and dignity during log-walking test


Second tenor Martin ‘Polly’ Perkins had a rapturous send-off from choir members at the Royal Standard pub on Saturday March 19.

Martin was retiring after many decades as the Standard guvnor, having concluded that he had served enough pints by then for anyone’s good. Choir chair Kim Ormond presented Martin with a framed drawing of the Standard which was done by JWT.

Kim gives Martin his prezzie

A sizeable contingent of the choir serenaded Martin to his rest with the tried and tested apres repertoire, led with gusto by Nev Clark and Banners Bannister.

There were free drinks and food for choir members for a generous part of the evening. The mega-hot sausages and chicken were firm favourites.

Martin displays JWT's drawing (photo JWT)

Pub regulars would not be drawn on how far they felt Martin had contributed to drunkenness and alcoholism in the central Croydon area. Martin has always emphasised the importance of responsible drinking and has done his best to set an example himself.

So farewell then, Polly Perkins

Martin said afterwards: “The choir members did me proud with their present and their drinking. I think some of them thought I was retiring from the choir too and I am sorry to disappoint them.”

A highlight of the evening was the spectacular fire-stick display performed by the popular new Standard barman, Blake Gillman – a multi-talented young man who takes after his grandfather Peter Gillman.


Blake Gillman does his stuff


Stewart Robinson was awarded the CMVC Alan Robertshaw Shield at the choir's annual dinner on Saturday January 10. Baritone Stewart was honoured for his outstanding work as the choir's new concert organiser.

Choir chair Kimball Ormond, who presented the shield, praised Stewart for his vital work in his new role.  Kim added that Stewart may not have been fully aware of just how much work it entailed, but it was all the more impressive and valuable for that.

Stewart said afterwards that he was both surprised and delighted to receive the shield.  He added: "This is the most humble day of my life."

Stewart Robinson: "The most humble day of my life". (Photo: JWT)

The Alan Shield is awarded every year to choir members judged by the committee to have made an important contribution to the choir's activities.  Last year's Alan shield winner was the choir's ebullient archivist, Vic Wallace.

The award announcement was a highlight of another successful choir dinner at Shirley Golf Club.  A key aim of the dinner - formerly known as Ladies Night -  is to thank choir wives and partners for their endeavours in assisting and sustaining the choir and its members during the year.

Ladies have fun at choir dinner (Photo: Keith Sandland)

The diners also noted, with regret, the retirement of David Henderson, a popular top tenor and choir stalwart for many years.  Dave is well-known for his work in support of the children's hospice charity, Demelza.  He accepted a cheque for £460 from Kim at the dinner (see Home Page).  The choir  raised the funds through its singing and collecting at the Whitgift Centre before Christmas.




Just elegant:  JWT and Matthew before the performance

Gerry says Hi during the apres


Gloria and Nev enjoy a joke




Here is a selection of photos from our 2013 Midlands tour

The choir assembles at St Peter's, Wolfhamcote

Banners gives instructions at St Peter's

The choir waits to go on at Rugby

Bulla and Nick at Rugby

The three wise men at Canons Ashby - Ben, John, Dick

Mr and Mrs Evans at Canons Ashby

Mr and Mrs Callender at Canons Ashby


JWT taken by surprise at Canons Ashby (photos by Peter Gillman)

And two more by JWT: Jean Cantrell leads the way at Canons Ashby


The choir at Canons Ashby





Two long-standing choir officials have stood down from their posts after more than a decade of unstinting service. Dick Diplock has retired as stage manager after fourteen years and Dave Bannister steps down after twelve years as concert secretary.  They are succeeded in both roles by Stewart Robinson  - like both Dick and Dave, a member of the baritone section.

Dick, who directed the choir to its places at more than 200 concerts, including five mass-choir events at Fairfield Halls, said it was "time for someone else to have this wonderful opportunity of interacting with so many buddies - so I won't be selfish and stand in anyone's way."

Diplock: renowned for his irony

Dick was renowned for his stern sergeant-major approach to recalcitrant choir members but performed his duties with a keen sense of irony that endeared him to all. "I wish to record my thanks to everyone for getting things right and tidy on most occasions," Dick says. He correctly notes that audiences often praised the choir's professional appearance and confident stage presence.  He was the star of the choir's DVD depicting the 2012 Fairfield Hall concert, doing his patient utmost to corral 400 singers into their allotted places.

Choir chair Kimball Ormond has thanked Dick for his "unstinting, conscientious dedication to telling us what to do. To get some sixty blokes to listen, with bated breath and eager anticipation, to his commands is a remarkble gift.  His fierce  adherence to formality and a rigid line-up is a lesson to us all.  His gentle humour, perspicacity and careful cajoling left even the most sensitive soul with a warmn glow, basking in the knowledge that Dick just loved him."

Bannister: legendary knowledge of Croydon churches

As Concert Secretary, Dave was tireless in his pursuit of venues that could accommodate our ever-growing choir, always inspecting them and being ready to reject them if he deemed them below his exacting standards. His knowledge of churches, whether large or small, to be found in and around Croydon is now legendary. He steered us to such memorable locations as the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, where for several years the choir took part in Remembrance Day commemorations. 

Dave also acted as stand-by stage manager, stepping in for Dick when necessary. Banners retains a place on the choir committee, where he is now the choir members' representative;

Kim also paid tribute to Dave. “In his twelve years as Concert Secretary Banners has carefully and considerately led us astray. He has sorted out and inspected venue far and wide – some huge and some tiny, always cajoling venues to sell tickets and tune their pianos – not always successfully! Often accompanied by Dick, they also took on the onerous task of finding a local hostelry to accommodate the après – well, someone had to do it.”

Robinson: hard acts to follow

Stewart is already planning for his work ahead as concert secretary, and will be looking to add to the concerts currently on the choir schedule.  Stewart says:  "I am not sure I have the presence of Banners or the non-PC humour of Dick but I will do my best."

Stewart feels that his experience as an active rugby referee will serve him in good stead - though admitting that while players call him 'Sir' to his face, he does not know what they call him behind his back.  He adds that Dick has recommended the choir carries out homework on how to tell left from right.

Kim has extended a warm welcome to Stewart as he steps into his demanding dual role. “These are hard acts to follow but I’m sure you are up to it.”

The double switch follows a previous significant change, with patrons' secretary Bernard Maguire stepping down last year after a lengthy and productive stint, to be replaced by bass member Tim Ramskill.




The choir photo gallery contains photos of choir members.  Click on the first link below. You can click on each photo to show the members' names.  We are still updating the gallery, so watch this space. Photos by Phil Talmage and Peter Gillman.


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1)       The Choir shall be called “The Croydon Male Voice Choir”.

2)       The Choir shall be non-political and non-sectarian.

3)      Objects:

The objects of the Choir shall be:

a)      The study and practice of Choral Music in order to foster public knowledge and appreciation of such music by means of public performance.

b)      To assist and support such charitable institutions as the Committee shall from

Time to time decide.

4)      The Officers of the Choir shall consist of:

a. The Honorary Secretary

b. The Honorary Treasurer

5. The Committee. Management of the Choir shall be conducted by a “Committee” and shall comprise of the Chairman and Officers and elected members of the Choir.

6)      Election:

The Chairman, Officers and other members of the Committee shall be elected by the majority of the Members voting, by ballot if necessary, at an Annual General or at a properly called Special General Meeting. Nominations for office shall close one week before the meeting. However, if nominations are not made prior to the meeting they may be made at the meeting provided a proposer and seconder are present.

The committee shall meet at least twice per year and at other times when      business warrants.  A special meeting may be called at any time by the Chairman or by any two officers/committee members by giving not less than four days notice to all other members of the committee of the matters to be discussed but if the matter includes the appointment of a co-opted member then not less than twenty-one days shall be given. If the Chairman is not present at a meeting of the Committee then those in attendance at that meeting shall elect one of their number to direct the proceedings at that meeting. A quorum shall be formed by not less than three members of the committee (to include at least the Chairman and/or one of the Officers of the Choir). Each member of the committee shall have one vote at committee meetings – if necessary the Chairman will have a casting vote.

8)      Membership shall be open to all men who support the aims of the Choir, and who have reasonable knowledge of music and a wish to further their knowledge. Singing in concerts will be permitted at the discretion of the Musical Director once the member has reached an acceptable standard. For good and sufficient reason and subject to the approval of the Committee, Membership of any individual may be terminated by the decision of the Committee PROVIDED that the individual shall have the right to be heard by the said Committee before the decision is final.

9)      Choir Uniform:

Members invited to sing in concerts will be provided with a Choir uniform of jacket and tie. These remain the property of the Choir and must be maintained in clean condition and must be returned in a clean and laundered condition on leaving the Choir.

10)   Musical Director and Accompanist

The positions of Musical Director and Accompanist will be elected by the majority of the Members voting, by ballot if necessary, at an Annual General Meeting or at a properly called Special General Meeting. Any vote to remove a Musical Director or Accompanist shall be effective up to three months from the date of that meeting.

A Deputy Musical Director and Deputy Accompanist will be elected by The Committee.

The Musical Director may be invited to attend any committee meeting and shall receive due notice of same. However, the Musical Director may not vote on any resolution.



11)  A suitable bank account shall be maintained in the name of the “Croydon Male Voice Choir” and operated under the signatures of any two of : The Chairman, The Honorary Treasurer, the Honorary Secretary, and the Concert Secretary.

12)  The membership donation shall be determined at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose.

13)  The Financial Year of the Choir shall terminate on 31st December. The financial position of the Choir shall be reviewed at each committee meeting.

14)  The books of  accounts of the Choir shall be examined, by an appointed Examiner, before the date of the Annual General Meeting, which shall be held by the end of March each year, or any other date sanctioned by the Committee.

15)  The Examiner shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting.

16)  Reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred by Members on the authorised business of the Choir will be reimbursed at the discretion of the Committee

17)  A nominal Honorarium shall be awarded to the elected Treasurer and Secretary. Such Honorarium shall be determined by majority vote at the Annual General Meeting for the year in which the meeting is held. Honorarium shall be paid within six months of the commencement of that year.

18) A fee shall be awarded to the Musical Director, the Accompanist, the Deputy Musical Director and to a Deputy Accompanist (if appointed). Such fee shall be reviewed annually by the committee and any recommendation for change put forward by the Committee will be subject to a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting duly called.



19)  The choice of music to be rehearsed and performed is the responsibility of the Musical Director.



20)  An Annual General Meeting shall be held by the end of March each year or any other date sanctioned by the Committee. Two weeks notice shall be given of the meeting.

21)  A Special General Meeting can be requested by not less than 20% of the members of the Choir, or by the Committee if thought necessary, and such meeting shall be held after 14 days notice has been given to all Members entitled to attend.

22)  The Rules/Constitution of the Choir may only be altered or adopted at the Annual General Meeting or at a Special General Meeting duly called: no alteration shall be made to the rules that would cause the Choir at any time to cease to be charitable in its aims and objectives, or to the procedures in rule 23 in the event of a dissolution of the Choir.

23)  If, after the winding up or dissolution of the Choir, there remains any property whatsoever after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities, the same shall not be distributed among the Members of the Choir but shall be given or transferred to some Charitable Institution/s concerned with the promotion of music to be determined by the Members of the Choir at or before the time of dissolution and in so far as effect cannot be given to such provision then to some other charitable object.

A copy of these rules shall be given to each Member of the Choir.



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