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Sell Out Annual Concert

  On 20 October, Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) under its Musical Director, Stephen Bell, performed to a capacity audience of 400 at The Cripps Theatre, Northampton School for Boys. The men were superbly supported by their special guests, the award winning ladies a cappella chorus “Junction 14” from Milton Keynes, who performed a brilliantly contrasting selection of songs from their repertoire. The concert ended with an impromptu finale with both choirs taking to the stage to give a rousing performance of “When the Saints Go Marching In” with enthusiastic audience participation. Having significantly increased its numbers by 35 men following a major recruitment initiative earlier in the year, this concert represents something of a musical watershed for NMVC which, at over 80 strong, is now one of the largest male voice choirs in the country and is entering a significant period of development in which it will expand its repertoire and further improve its very high...

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Fabulous Tour to Lincoln – September 2018

40 men from the Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) with Musical Director, Stephen Bell and Piano Accompanist, Andrew Poole plus wives, partners and friends have just returned from a brief tour in which the choir performed in St Mary’s Church, Horncastle; the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral; St Nicholas Church, Lincoln (with members of the Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir) and Southwell Minster. Musical Director, Stephen Bell, was delighted with the choir’s performances, which reached new heights of musicality receiving standing ovations from the audiences in the Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House (see photo) and the Parish Church of St Nicholas, Newport, Lincoln. The 40 men travelling on tour comprised just under half of the current full complement of NMVC singers and represented the choir superbly. NMVC is now looking forward to a busy schedule of autumn engagements including a joint concert with the touring Australian Welsh Male Choir on 9 October in the United Reform Church, Abington Road, Northampton and its Annual Concert on 20 October in The Cripps Theatre, Northampton School for Boys with guests, Junction14 Ladies A Capella Chorus from Milton Keynes. NMVC is, literally, going from strength to strength and, by its Annual Concert on 20 October, will have fully integrated 35 newly recruited members and will be boasting a complement of over 80...

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NMVC retain The Challenge Cup at Northampton Eisteddfod

We are proud to announce that NMVC have once again retained the challenge cup in the competitive Open Choirs section at the Northampton Eisteddfod. There was stiff competition from The Melody Choir, Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella and NMPAT Community Choir all of which gave fabulous performances. NMVC was rated outstanding and the adjudicator made the following comment: ‘This was a most moving and exceptional performance. A choir full of wonderful team work, great singers and real discipline’

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Northamptonshire Men Raise £15000 For Prostate Cancer UK

Northampton Men Raise £15,000 For Prostate Cancer UK  Saturday 14 April 2018 saw an amazing, sell-out concert at the Spinney Hill Theatre, Northampton  to raise money for PROSTATE CANCER UK attended by a delighted and enthusiastic, capacity audience of well over 600.  The concert, organised by Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC), included a “volunteer” choir of 62 men who had been recruited to form a scratch choir to help NMVC raise money for the Prostate Cancer charity. The combined total of 114 male voices were joined on stage by the superbly talented local soprano, Emily Haig and the evening was brilliantly compared by the Reverend Richard Coles, Vicar of Finedon.  Overall, and far exceeding the expectations of NMVC, the event raised a sensational total of £15,000 for Prostate Cancer UK.  Many of the men who joined up for the one-off, volunteer choir, being new to choral singing, were so inspired by the experience that they are now aiming to continue singing with the main Northampton Male Voice Choir.  The event was a fantastic achievement for Northampton Male Voice Choir who would like to thank everyone involved – from those taking part on stage, to those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, both on the day and during many months of preparation and everyone who so generously contributed to the marvellous £15,000 raised for Prostate Cancer UK....

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Northampton Male Voice Choir deliver hugely successful concert at the Guildhall in Support of the Samaritans

You’ll never walk alone – a charity fund raiser promise from the Northampton Male Voice Choir raising money for the local Samaritans group. The NMVC delivered a performance with contrasts of both tenderness and power in a programme that explored a variety of popular songs with love at their heart. Thanks to the generosity of the Northampton Borough Council, the stunning Great Hall in Northampton’s Guildhall was the elegant backdrop for a wonderful evening’s entertainment which also included a number of beautiful operatic love arias and popular show classics from the Choir’s guest performer Callie Jo Denbigh. Callie is Northampton’s very own local jewel, a professional mezzo-soprano who also coaches the Male Voice Choir to help them achieve their objective of becoming one of the best male voice choirs in the country. Musical director Stephen Bell took the choir through it’s paces with three new songs performed for the first time by the choir in a concert. The focus in 2016 is to quickly expand the repertoire of songs sung from memory and to attain another significant step up in the quality of performance. The new material was well received judging by the enthusiastic applause from the audience. A delightful evening of song was brought to a close with a combined performance of You’ll never walk alone featuring the choir and the soaring angelic voice of Callie Jo Denbigh and a trio of much loved songs from Les Miserables by the choir all accompanied by NMVC’s remarkably talented pianist Sue Rayment.. The evening was closed by Dave Atkins on behalf of the local Samaritans who thanked the choir and its supporters for their sterling efforts in putting on the concert to support the magnificent work of the Samaritans volunteers who help so many to know that they never have to walk alone. The concert raised over...

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The Voices and Brass Concert at the Deco Theatre Northampton – An open letter from our Musical Director.

We properly honoured our recently, and suddenly departed special friend of the choir, Maggie Cross at the Northampton Deco last night with NMVC, Virtuosi GUS and Faryl Smith. I was over the moon with the quality of the whole concert and feel immensely proud to have been a part of it. I know Phil Goalby appreciated the dedication of the concert and The Rose with Faryl was very beautiful.  The choir gave their all – and did a cracking job, singing their hearts out – I’m proud of each and every one of the boys. What a journey we are on together! Lots more to come here with a whole host of new music coming for next year. Lots of new challenges ahead but I know the choir is up for all of them.  Virtuosi GUS were simply a delight to direct with some really special musical moments created together. I’ll remember the Benedictus and soloist David Daws playing for the rest of my days. So deeply moving. Young Thomas Fountain stole the show with a virtuosic display and taking a bow on behalf of himself and James Fountain (touching moment that). A high moment for sure. I’d definitely love to do more music making some time with this talented Brass Band one day.  Faryl is an even better singer than she was 2 years ago at our previous concert. Fantastic to hear her developing musically. Such lovely sweet tones. The voice of an Angel. I’m keen to do more with her when we can.  A Deeply satisfied Musical Director : from...

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