Welcome to the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir
Formed in 1987 from the white dust of a limestone quarry that is Middleton by Wirksworth, the Dalesmen have grown from a few like-minded friends to a near 70 strong choir. Their original aims of bringing the enjoyment of choral music to the wider public and of supporting charitable institutions are still very much what the choir is about. Each year we take part in over 12 concerts in venues ranging from modest village halls to grand concert halls, and in the process we entertain many hundreds of people and over the years have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.
In addition to keeping our local audiences entertained we usually manage an annual concert trip away for a few days, with recent years have seen us in Whitby, Glasgow and St Davids – where we attempted the difficult task of out-singing the Welsh! We also like to join in with other choirs on their home territory and have recently sung in Northampton and Bury St Edmunds.
For the last few years the choir have sponsored and organised a musical competition for students, usually in their final year of secondary education, with the winner receiving financial help towards the next stage of their education.
One of the earliest members of our choir and for many years our President, the late Rev. Reg Dean, achieved national fame as the oldest man in Britain at 110 years of age. On his passing, his son Chris Dean the well known Trombone instrumentalist and owner of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra accepted an invitation to become one of our Patrons. Chris regularly keeps in touch with the choir and often plays, sometimes with his band at our concerts.
The choir were also immensely pleased that HM Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire, Willie Tucker similarly accepted our invitation to become a Patron and often supports us at our events. As does our third Patron, James Roberson, the well known TV presenter for the BBC’s East Midlands News. James often helps us at our larger concerts where his skill with the microphone is put to good use in the role of Master of Ceremonies.
The choir has always believed that everyone should be given the chance and encouragement to sing; hence we are a non-auditioning choir. Any male singer is welcome to join us on Monday evenings at the Strutt Centre in Belper from 7.15pm.; there is no requirement to be able to read music, as music files are available for members to download for their own use.
Whatever we do we always try to keep sight of the simple fact that we all joined the choir to enjoy ourselves and maybe that’s why we are known as a very happy choir.
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Joining this prestigious and popular choir in 1993 and during that time serving as secretary for 14 years, I felt very privileged to be appointed President on the death of our former President, Rev. Reg Dean.
The Dalesmen MVC is a very friendly and caring choir, always striving to provide its audiences with the very best in entertainment.
Our MD, Paul Marshall joined us in 2014 and is ably assisted by our joint deputy MD's, John Lloyd and Robin Fugil, who work together to constantly to improve our performances and introduce new songs to our repertoire.
They are supported by our accompanist, Bill Templeman (alias Mr Reliable). The choir has a very busy programme of events we are fortunate to have a dedicated and hard working chairman and choir committee, giving freely of their time to ensure the choir is running efficiently.
2017 is our 30th anniversary, so look out for our special celebration concerts, a new CD and possibly even a DVD.
I'm looking forward to meeting you at one of our concerts. Please come and introduce yourself.
Gordon Bright President
THE PURPOSE AND AIMS OF THE CHOIR
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An excerpt from one of our recent Carols at Christmas concert numbers
Paul Sheward sings solo
'O Holy Night'
Saturday May 19th 2018
With the Horbury Singers
Ossett, Nr Wakefield, S.Yorkshire
The Horbury Ladies officially welcomed the recently appointed Lord Mayor, who was attending his third official engagement of his year and was accompanied by his 18 year old grand-daughter the youngest Lady Mayoress Wakefield has ever had.
The Horbury Singers, with their Musical Director Edward Whelan and accompanied by Ruth Strydom started the concert singing a beautiful song “Flying Free”, followed by “Cross the wide Missouri” and a popular Drifters number “Under the Board Walk” that even included movement.
“The Seal Lullaby” was based on a Kipling poem and was sung beautifully and this was followed by “Didn’t it Rain” (arranged by Michael Neaum) brought their set of songs to a close. The subject of that closing song was doubtless far from everyone’s minds on this beautiful May springtime evening,
The Dalesmen then took to the stage to sing five pieces, “It’s a Grand Night Night for Singing”, “Anthem”, “Do you hear the People sing”, “Bring Him Home” and “What Would I Do Without My Music”.
Refreshments of soft drinks and crisps were served to everyone and there was lively chatter between both choirs and their audience.
Back in our seats, the Dalesmen commenced the second half with “When he Saints Go Marching in” followed by “The Rose” (which was dedicated to the Horbury Ladies) and “American Trilogy” was then followed by “The Gospel Train”. John Lloyd once again conducted the choir for this rendition but he made sure that Paul Marshall had this time left him the music!
“The Rhythm of Life” brought The Dalesmen’s part of the concert to an end.
A Hal David and Burt Bacharach song “Close to You” was the first choice of the Horbury Ladies followed by a beautiful song “The Water of Tyne” which described a love across a river.
Edward Whelan then introduced the next piece as one that could be describing a playground. You can have a see saw and a climbing frame but “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” ……
a great link to their next song.
“And So It Goes” composed and sung by Billy Joel , is also familiar to the Dalesmen as they are currently in the process of rehearsing it and the ladies finished their part of the concert with “Ride the Chariot” which included a superb solo.
The combined choirs completed the concert with “You Raise Me Up”.
What an end to a memorable day!
But in fact it was not the end as we boarded the Slack’s Coach that would take us to a local venue who supplied us with a Pie and Peas supper. There was plenty to talk about with the Horbury Ladies as they are really looking forward to coming to Derbyshire for a weekend later in the year to sing at St. Peters Church, Belper and although it had been a long day, there was a lot of laughter and banter going on.