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'
Rotary Club of Derby
Centenary Year inaugural event
Derby Cathedral 8th July 2017
John Beswarick from Rotary Club of Derby welcomed everyone to the Cathedral and would introduce all the items for the rest of the evening.
With the introductions completed, an eager and packed audience in place, it was time for the celebration to begin.
The joint choirs would sing two pieces to start the concert “Do You Hear the People Sing” which would be the first time the Dalesmen had performed this piece and was conducted by Deventio’s Musical Director, Lynne Lee. This was followed by “The Rose” conducted by Paul Marshall.
A bonus of singing with other choirs is that the audience gets the opportunity to hear different pieces of music and tonight Deventio would sing “Cockles and Mussels” and “My Grandfather’s Clock”.
Karen England joined them to treat us to “Hear My Prayer” with music by Felix Mendelssohn, the Cathedral adding grandeur to this item.
The Dalesmen would bring the first half to a close with “Let All Men Sing”, “What Would I Do Without My Music”, “Bring Him Home”, and the “Rhythm of Life”.
Their selection of songs by The Deventio Choir for the second half of the concert were “Westering Home”, “Londonderry Air”, “Moon River” and John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
Besides Paul Marshall who conducted and played the piano for Karen, there was another man who had a busy night as John England played musical chairs to enable him to sing with both choirs.
Dressed in another fabulous gown, Karen continued her performance with “Ebben, Ne Andro Lontana”, “Summertime”, “The Man I Love” and “O Mio Babbino Caro” receiving more rapturous applause.
How to follow that must have been in the minds of all the Dalesmen, but under the leadership of Paul, they rose to the challenge and gave us a fantastic rendition of four songs, three well known ones to followers of the Choir “American Trilogy”, “I Write The Songs” and Christus Salvator” and another new one “Anthem” from Chess which I am sure will become a firm favourite with future audiences.
With their challenge accomplished they were rewarded with a well-deserved ovation that continued for quite a while and also included lots of cheers.
The joint choirs would bring the evening to a close by singing “You Raise Me Up”, conducted by Paul, a great choice of music for the finale which epitomises what Rotary and the charities do, raising people up from where they are today to what they can become. The Cathedral was ringing tonight with the sound of beautiful voices and music, we enjoyed this wonderful celebration, a great way to celebrate 100 years of Rotary in Derby and hopefully raise lots of money for Treetops, Padley and Amasango.