Formed in 1988 by four teachers, St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir currently numbers approximately 90 members drawn from Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding villages and as far afield as Ipswich, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.
The Choir has a wide repertoire of songs from 1940s swing, Welsh hymns, spirituals, folk songs and material from musical theatre, to tunes from the charts. Besides performing locally in Suffolk, we have toured extensively both within the United Kingdom and Europe assisting many charitable organisations in their fund raising activities. We regularly sing with other choirs, groups, bands, orchestras or solo artists.
A feature of 2017 was singing with several other male voice choirs. In May we welcomed the Amersfoort MVC from Holland for a concert in Clare, and in June we joined with King’s Lynn MVC in King’s Lynn to celebrate their 60th birthday. In October we performed in Derby Cathedral with Mansfield and District MVC and the Dalesmen, and Leigh Orpheus MVC joined us in November to perform in Sudbury. The highlight of 2017 though was our visit to Avignon where we gave four concerts in and around the city.
2018 began with concerts in King’s Lynn and Barton Mills, the latter being particularly poignant as it was a memorial tribute to Shirley Beardsmore, wife of baritone Jim, and a staunch supporter of the Choir for many years. In March we visited Colchester where we last performed over twenty years ago. In April we celebrated Suffolk Constabulary MVC’s fiftieth birthday in Ipswich, and in May we welcomed again our German friends from Werdorf for a concert at St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds.
June was busy with concerts in Newmarket and Dunstable, and in July we once again entertained the lovely members of Elmswell Over 55s club. A highlight of 2018 was our tour to mid Wales, and we see out this year with two local concerts, including a sing at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre. Please see our concert list to the left of each page for further details. SEMVC continues to be busy!
2019 concerts, tours and events include a recording session to record our new CD, and a tour to Liverpool and the Isle of Man. See our 2019 concerts and tours menu on the left of each page for latest updates. See our Gallery page for photos from previous tours and concerts.
Why not be a part of this? The Choir welcomes new recruits, and invites you to be our guest for four weeks to see if you enjoy the experience and would like to become a member. We do not have voice tests. You are also welcome to become a Friend of the Choir.
We hope you will take the time to browse our website for concert details, further information about our history and social events, our current repertoire, CD sales, latest news and how to join us.
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