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
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Bring Him Home from 'Les Miserables'
An Evening of Sing and Swing in Wirksworth
The Dalesmen MVC with some members of Chris Deans’ band.
Wirksworth Town Hall
Saturday July 29th 2017
This concert was to be a re-run of a similar one held a couple of years ago when Dalesmen Patron, Chris Dean, Leader of the Syd Lawrence Orchestra and son of Reg Dean, had entertained with some fantastic music,
Terry Chell, DMVC Chairman, welcomed everyone in the sell-out audience and said how good it was to be back in Wirksworth in this special year. Wirksworth was the home of Reg Dean and one of the founders of the choir.
The concert would be dedicated to past members of the choir and friends who were no longer with us.
The Dalesmen, accompanied by Bill Templeman opened the concert with “What would I do without my music” followed by “I write the songs”, “Bridge over troubled water”, “The Anthem” from Chess and finished with “The Rhythm of Life”. This number is a great link to Chris Dean, who told us he was glad they had sung this last item as it was one of his Dad’s favourites.
Chris Dean and his musicians then took to the stage and with Chris singing and playing the Trombone we had a star studded trio in place to entertain us. He was accompanied by Trevor Brown on piano and Dave Chamberlain on Bass. The trio immediately had the audience captivated with a selection of music in their own imitable style, the mark of a true professional entertainers. “I get a kick out of you”, “Why did you chose me”, “People” and “Just in Time”, with all members of the trio showing us their individual skills with mind-blowing solos.
It was great to see some of the Friends of the Dalesmen and past members in the concert audience and the interval gave choir members an opportunity to catch up with many of them.
For the second half of the concert the Dalesmen had chosen to sing “Do you hear the people sing”, “The Rose”, “The Gospel Train”, “Sloop John B” and “American Trilogy” and with their set completed, the choir could relax and enjoy the music of Chris and his associates.
“My Romance” was followed by “Laura”, “Joanna”. The version delivered had been arranged by Trevor Brown for the whole Syd Lawrence orchestra but as they were ‘18 short’, Chris made the audience smile when he said they would do what they had been doing all evening by just making it up as they went along.
To complete his performance they finished with “It don’t mean a thing if it don’t have that swing” which included a beautiful bass solo with plenty of audience foot tapping in evidence once again.
It was obvious that Chris had enjoyed being part of the Dalesmen’s 30th Anniversary Year, challenging the choir to make it to 60 as his dad had done.
Then Dalesmen MD Paul Marshall gave us a further surprise when he announced that Lou Spence, the very first Musical Director of the Dalesmen, had been in the audience and that during the interval he had persuaded him to join the choir to sing “Gwahoddiad”, a really moving end to the concert.
This had certainly been an evening when the Wirksworth connections had come together to create a truly memorable night of music. May it long continue.