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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Date : Saturday April 8th
Venue: St Alkmunds Church Duffield
Start: 7:00 pm
Concert: Dalesmen MVC and Derby A Cappella
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)
For more concert recording videos
click on the OUR MUSIC tab (top of this page)
The hall was full to capacity as a few tables had been set out for some of the audience (presumably so they could enjoy some ‘nibbles’ at the interval).
At 7pm the concert commenced with a medley of songs from the Dalesmen, comprising ‘Let All Men Sing’, ‘The Rose’, ‘My dearest Dear’ and ‘Morte Christie’.
The musical MD, Paul Marshall had stressed to the choir at previous rehearsals the importance of the dynamics of choir singing and this was put to good stead as the acoustics of the Hulland Ward village hall well amplified the sounds that emanated from the stage dais where the Dalesmen were congregated.
Ossie Reid entertained the audience with the first solo slot of the evening singing ‘Wind beneath my Wings’ after which the choir continued their concert renditions with ‘Yesterday’, ‘Walk Away’, ‘There’s Nothing Like a Dame’, ’76 Trombones’ and finally ‘Bring Him Home’ from the hit musical ‘Les Miserables’.
To end the first part of the concert Paul Sheward sang the second solo slot for the evening with the opening song from the musical Oklahoma ‘O What a Beautiful Morning’.
A short twenty minute break followed to allow coffee, tea or the occasional tipple to be consumed.
The choir opened the second part of the concert with ‘The Rhythm of Life’, What Would I Do Without My Music’, ‘Llanfair’ and ‘American Trilogy’.
David Weston then sang the third solo song for the evening when he delivered ‘When Soft Voices Die’.
Paul Marshall then graciously handed the baton to Assistant MD John Lloyd who conducted the choir for the well-known Welsh song ‘Gwahoddiad’. This stirring melody was followed by a much quieter offering from the choir of ‘Lullaby’.
With Paul Marshall again at the helm, the choir finished the evening’s entertainment with ‘Sloop John B’, ‘The Gospel Train’ and ‘Christus Salvador’.
Refusing to let the choir disengage with claims for ‘More…more..’ the choir duly complied and sang ‘You Raise Me Up’ which finally brought the entertainment to a close.
It had been an excellent evening of musical entertainment and doubtless with a spring in their steps and songs in their hearts, the audience and the choir dispersed to retire on this, the eve of commencement of British Summer Time.