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, the choir has toured extensively both within the United Kingdom and Europe assisting many charitable organisations in their fund raising activities. The choir regularly sings with other choirs, groups, bands, orchestras or solo artists.
2015 was a fantastic year for the choir, with our successful European tour in July, and a wonderful visit from the Melody Girls of Ukraine – their first concerts outside of the Ukraine.
2016 has already been an action packed year commencing with a wonderful concert at the Apex with Laura Wright and then a terrific festival of music at Cliffs Pavilion with Leigh Orpheus, Thurrock and Braintree MVCs. However, a particular highlight so far has been our visit to Ireland where we made many new friends in our concerts with Dublin Welsh and Queens Island Victoria Choir (Belfast). A lot of money has been raised for a variety of charities such as Nordorff Robins, prostate cancer and local hospices.
This charity theme continues for the rest of 2016 with fundraising concerts in the villages of Ixworth, Elmswell, Little Waldingfield as well as a visit to Hadleigh in Essex on 22 October to sing with the Orpheus singers. Particular mention though must be made for a return to one of our favourite concert venues, the Apex in our home town, for a charity concert on Saturday 27 August. 2016 has indeed proved to be a busy year but 2017 will be no different as our concert programme, on the left of this page, clearly shows. Plans are afoot to record our next CD, which will feature the music of Burt Bacharach, as well as a tour to France.
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 wish 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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