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 is a very friendly and caring choir, always striving to provide their audiences with the best entertainment.
Our MD, Paul Marshall joined us in 2014 and ably assisted by our long standing deputy MD, John Lloyd together work constantly to improve our performances and introduce new songs to our repertoire. Both are supported by our accompanist, Bill Templeman (alias Mr Reliable). Having a very busy programme of events we have a dedicated and hard working Chairman and Committee, giving freely of their time to ensure the choir is running efficiently. 2017 will be our 30th anniversay, so look out for our special celebration concerts and by then, we are planning to produce 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
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Saturday February 25th - Concert at Grange Banqueting Suite
Grange Banqueting Suite, 457 Burton Road, Littleover, Derby DE23 6XX
Start Time : 7:00 pm
A video sample of our concert singing
(running time 4 mins )
2016 joint concert with Beaufort Male Choir
Combined choirs singing
under Musical Director Craig James (Beaufort MC)
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click on the OUR MUSIC tab (top of this page)
The Dalesmen pull a Christmas Cracker of music at St. Peter’s, Belper
With the Dalesmen assembled on their staging and everyone in place it was time for the cracker to come to life with “Joy to the World”, “Mistletoe and Wine” and “Deck the Hall” from the Dalesmen
The first Carol of the evening was “O come all ye faithful” with Elspeth Chatto adding a regal tone to the concert as she played the trumpet standing on the balcony in front of the organ. Elspeth was one of the runners-up in this year's Dalesmen sponsored Student Award music competition.
Pianist Rosie Kreit, another contender from the competition provided us with a beautiful solo piano rendition of Schubert’s Impromptu Opus 90, No. 3 in G Flat Major.
The South East Derbyshire Music Centre Concert Band (SEDMCB), formed from young musicians from the Centre, then took to the stage, and entertained the audience with “Rudolf the red nose reindeer”, “Troika” and “A rollicking Christmas”.
Emma Benson another contestant from our Student Award competition and an ex member of SEDMCB winged us away to Romania by playing movements from Bartok’s “Romanian Dances” (violin soloist).
Following the audience Carol “O Little town of Bethlehem”, Elspeth Chatto sprinkled more Christmas spirit by solo playing “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen”.
Dressed in their striking grey and yellow uniforms and adorned with festive tinsel the Pottery School Choir used the Dalesmen’s staging for their performance. Their joy was obvious and their big smiles said everything about what Christmas is meant to be. They stole the show singing “Midnight”, “The Child”, and “It was on a Starry Night”. This medley of songs completed the first half of the concert and during the interval the ubiquitous Dalesladies were kept busy serving the drinks and delicious Croots mince pies.
The second half of the concert started with “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” from SEDMCB followed by more songs from the Pottery School Choir (“The Weather Report”, “Sledging” and “Hey Father Christmas”). The SEDMCB then continued with “White Christmas” and “Merry Christmas Everyone”.
Emma Benson then gave a dreamy violin rendition of “Walking in the Air” (the theme tune from the animated Christmas TV film “The Snowman”) to a piano accompaniment.
A further audience carol, “While Shepherds Watched…”, another Elspeth Chatto trumpet solo, “Rhondo” (from Te Deum) and Dalesmen soloist Paul Sheward's “O Holy Night” brought the concert to the closing songs from the Dalesmen Choir “Do you hear what I hear”, “Christ-child in the manger” and finally “Christus Salvator”.
As a finale and with everyone singing, the timeless Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by Elspeth Chatto on the trumpet and the church organ in full swell brought the evening to a close.
This truly was musical Christmastime at its best with a great atmosphere, performers of all ages and with music taking all in attendance on a festive journey to the four corners of the world.
What a great start to Christmas 2016 !