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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Concert in Hulland Ward
Venue: Village Hall
Date : Saturday March 25th
Time: 7:00 pm
At the venue door on the concert evening... £8
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 Dalesmen Sing with Karen England at the Breadsall Music Festival
The Breadsall Music Festival has grown over the years and this was the second time that the Dalesmen had been invited to sing there. The mission of the Festival is to provide world class music in a village setting something this particular evening would live up to and it is always a special occasion when Karen England joins the DMVC in a concert.
The concert started with Anne de Waal welcoming the Dalesmen to sing at the Festival for the second time and that it was a delight to have Karen England (one of the Opera Babes) to sing in this wonderful church.
Karen then took to the stage accompanied by Dana de Waal at the piano and set the evening off to a fine start by singing pieces composed by Puccini, Gluck, Henry Purcell and Mozart.
She had chosen some songs that she had not sung since a young girl when she was taught by Barbara Lowe, Patron of the Festival and herself a member of the Royal Opera Company in Covent Garden for 21 years. Barbara Lowe was in the audience.
The Dalesmen continued the first half singing “Let All Men Sing”, “The Rose”, “Yesterday”, “Walk Away”, “What would I do without my Music”, with the “Rhythm of Life” bringing the first half to a close, Paul Marshall encouraging the audience to clap along with the rhythm of the closing song, which they did.
Karen returned to the stage in another beautiful dress to sing “O Mio Babbino Caro” and an aria from Bizet’s Carmen. She continued with “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere” (both from one of her best loved musicals Westside Story). “Wishing you were somehow here” from Phantom of the Opera provided a dramatic end to her performance.
The church had been filled with the sound of her beautiful voice that could have been a difficult act to follow, but the Dalesmen rose to the occasion for their second session of songs.
They began by dedicating their first song “There is Nothing Like a Dame” to Karen. Ossie Rees celebrated his birthday by singing the solo slots and he was then given a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
‘American Trilogy’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Sloop John B’ and ‘You Raise Me up’ concluded the second half.
However the Dalesmen never miss a chance to sing with Karen and this time they had chosen “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. What a splendid way to finish a concert !
The musical talent of Derbyshire was certainly on show, a concert which had everything, beautiful gowns, songs from opera, West End musicals, pop and traditional choir pieces.