Raise the roof with the sound of male harmony

July 04 2016

Bristol Male Voice Choir is looking for potential new recruits to come forward and add their tone to the popular singing group.

Bristol Male Voice Choir is looking for potential new recruits to come forward and add their tone to the popular singing group.

The choir is keen to encourage men from all over Bristol, whether tenor, bass or baritone, to come along to a regular Thursday rehearsal to find out more. They perform not just male voice favourites, but a fascinating variety of songs from modern musicals like "Les Miserables" to opera choruses, Beatles standards, gospel favourites, sea shanties, hymns, Elvis Presley and Josh Groban classics.

Choir member, John Hollyman, said: “ While a mixed-voice choir or a smaller choir might channel their repertoire into a relatively small musical span, the male voice choir is good at changing the mood, hitting emotional high spots, rousing strong feelings, and satisfying musical connoisseurs.

“We have vocal power, but also audiences appreciate our control of very gentle musical lines, as in a love song, nimble diction as in "Rhythm of Life" as well as our ability to bring the house down with a rousing finale.”

The choir began in Filton almost 50 years ago with many of its original members employed locally at British Aerospace and Rolls Royce. It has grown in size and stature over the years, and now recruits Bristolwide.

A new Musical Director, Jo Scullin, was appointed last year.who has guided the choir through nine concerts, raising money for four different charities.

Concerts take place all over Bristol throughout the year, with the next one planned for August in Weston-super-Mare, and there have been tours in the past to Eastern Europe, the Carnegie Hall, New York and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

“ There's no problem if you don't read music because rehearsals teach you every step of the way and there's plenty of time before you go on stage for your first concert,” John Hollyman added. “Because we sing without copies, you have to learn the words and the music. That means that we are very responsive to our MD who teaches us and conducts us every step of the way.”

In John’s experience, new members who may have wondered if they could sing at all suddenly realise that they can not only remember the words but find great camaraderie in rehearsals, good vibes in concerts and after concert get-togethers.

Bristol Male Voice Choir rehearse every Thursday from 7.00pm till 9.15 pm at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) where the north end of Filton Avenue meets the A38. See the website bristolmvc.org.uk or contact the secretary on 0117 942 4378 for further details.