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 Assistant 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
I remember fondly the very first rehearsal I attended when I joined The Dalesmen – 40+ male voices were singing the chorus of the old miner’s song ‘Take Me Home’ and the sound drifted across the room with a gorgeous, sonorous hum. I was hooked from that very first moment! There’s no doubt that the sound of men singing has a stirring effect on the senses which seems to reach the very core of one’s emotions. Research has shown the many health benefits of singing together in a choir - it is not only a social experience but is also a very good exercise for the lungs and increases the oxygen level in the blood. Singing is thought to release ‘happy’ hormones such as oxytocin (which lower stress levels and blood pressure). If any member was asked what benefit he gained from being part of the Choir he would tell you how singing has enriched his life and he wished he had joined many years before.
We have members from all walks of life, accountants, IT consultants, engineers, health workers to students at secondary school, and what binds us together is the love of music and the unique camaraderie which is gained from being a member of such a wonderful Choir.
So men out there, whatever your age, young or old, JOIN US NOW and come and enjoy the singing – who knows it may open a whole new chapter in your life!
John England : Chairman
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Venue:- St Edmunds, Allestree, Derby
Start Date & Time Saturday October 8th 2016
Concert Dalesmen in Concert
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Joint Concert with Beaufort Male Choir
Saturday August 27th 2016
The members of the Beaufort Male Voice Choir were on a tour of the East Midlands having already sung with the Eastwood Collieries Choir on the Friday, followed by street singing at St. Peter’s Cross in Derby they had this opportunity in Belper to show their mettle, together with the guest soloists and the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir the audience were treated to a fabulous evening of musical entertainment.
The evening's music started (as it was long going to continue) in fine style with the choir's rendition of “Rachie”. It was clear that we were all in for an evening of sheer musical delight as their collective dynamics, tone, diction and volume were truly amazing!
They followed up with four further offerings, “Benedictus”, “All I have to do is dream”, “De animals a comin' “ and finally a medley of hits from the superstar rock band “Queen” (Freddie Mercury eat your heart out!). Queen's music set to a four part Welsh choir harmony……unforgettable!
The audience were then treated to two superb trumpet solos from Elspeth Chatto, award winning Dalesmen Student Award competitor and then the Dalesmen MVC took their places and sang four songs from their 2016 repertoire, starting with “Let there be peace on earth” followed by “What would I do without my music”, “Bridge over troubled water” and finishing with a first-time rendition of “I write the songs”. As the applause subsided, it was then interval time.
Beaufort MC kicked off the second part of the joint concert with “MacNamara's Band” with MD Craig James taking the lead role in the verses and the choir the chorus lines.
Four more songs followed “The Lord's my shepherd”, Jacob's ladder”, “Tell my father” and a stunning finale of a medley of songs from the hit musical Billy Elliott.
It was then time for Chloe Linkens, another of the Dalesmen MVC Student Award winning soloists to take to the stage with her pedal harp and woo the audience with three beautiful and enchanting harp melodies.
Then it was the Dalesmen MVC again. Four songs from their repertoire entertained the audience in the second part of the concert, interspersed with (just for the Beaufort Choir) a rendition of “Myfanwy” SUNG IN WELSH ! The visiting choir, to a man, gave the Dalesmen a standing ovation for this endeavour, much to the delight of John Lloyd, who had taken over the role of choir MD just for this one item.
“American Trilogy”, “Bring him home”, “My Way” and finally “Rhythm of Life” were the four repertoire songs by the Dalesmen but that was not the end of proceedings.
The two choirs joined forces for the last two songs of the evening.
“The Rose” with Craig James as joint choir MD, was followed by “You'll never walk alone” with Paul Marshall substituting Craig were both enthusiastically received and when the applause had subsided, everyone withdrew to the hub-bub of a gratified audience.
Off to the ‘After Glow' at Nailers and what a session!!
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