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'
Carols at St Peters Church, Belper
Saturday 16th December 2017
The concert started with everyone singing “O Come All Ye Faithful”, followed by the Dalesmen with “Joy to the World”, “Do you hear what I hear?”, “Mistletoe and Wine”, and “Deck the Hall”.
With the members of the South East Derbyshire Music Centre (SEDMC) band crammed onto the stage (there were so many of them) they then gave us a lovely compilation of Christmas Music with popular songs “Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer”, “Jingle Bells”, “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “Sleigh Ride” with some audience participation
Following on from this, Callum Henderson who came third in the 2017 Student Award had brought along some of his friends as an ensemble who would perform a jazz version of “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” that really got our feet tapping.
An audience carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” brought the first half to a close.
With everyone back in their seats after the interval, the second half started with the audience singing “While Shepherd’s watched their flocks by night".
There were more exciting sounds of Christmas with a swing from talented percussionist Callum and his jazz ensemble who performed their version of “Away in a Manger” with Callum on the vibraphone and a jazz version of “Jingle Bells”.
The SEDMC continued entertaining us with more of our favorite Christmas music with “White Christmas” and an unusual version of the “12 days of Christmas” that included a snippet from the French National Anthem and Swan Lake. Slade’s “Merry Christmas” completed their section with everyone joining in the chorus.
For their session after the interval the Dalesmen chose “Christ-Child in the manager”, “Winter Wonderland”, “The Miracle of Christmas” and “See Amid the Winter’s Snow with one verse solo by Bryan Mann. Paul Sheward also sang solo with a beautiful rendition of “O Holy Night”.
“Hark the Herald angels sing” sung by everyone brought the concert to a close.
The St. Peter’s concert had certainly been a success with a packed audience. As well as the concert show-casing the tremendous young talent with have in the area it had also successfully helped to raise money for local charities Age UK (Derby), Rainbows and Treetops Hospice.