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. We regularly sing with other choirs, groups, bands, orchestras or solo artists.
2016 was 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 was 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 was raised for a variety of charities such as Nordorff Robins, Prostate Cancer UK, as well as local hospices. Singing with Turntable at the Apex in August with money raised for the Help Musicians UK charity was another treasured moment.
A feature of 2017 for us is that we are 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 Kings Lynn to celebrate their 60th birthday. In October we sing with Mansfield and District MVC and the Dalesmen in Derby Cathedral, and we are delighted that Leigh Orpheus are coming to perform with us in Sudbury in November.
Our trip to France in April was particularly exciting – we travelled to Avignon by Eurostar for four concerts in and around the city. Our News reveals all. With local concerts planned for Isleham and Stratford St Mary, as well as an appearance at the Woolpit Festival in June, 2017 is proving to be another busy year for St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir. Please see our concert list to the left of each page for further details.
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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