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MEN UNITE! LEARN TO SING AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR PROSTATE CANCER UK

Posted by on Jan 21, 2021 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Northampton Male Voice Choir is challenging the men of Northamptonshire to join them and the wonderful soprano, Emily Haig and ‘The Tenor’ Joshua Daniel in a concert in Northampton to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. To launch this challenge, the choir is holding two online open evenings on 15th and 22nd February 2021. You will be invited to learn to sing two songs over an 8-week period with the help of training by our charismatic Musical Director, Stephen Bell. At the end of the 8 weeks you will be ready to take to the stage with Northampton Male Voice Choir and perform these songs at one of our high- profile concerts, by which time we hope to have raised in excess of £20,000 in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Northampton Male Voice Choir is a registered charity with a long tradition of raising money for local charities, over £100,000 in the last 5 years, so it is very appropriate that a male voice choir should be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Singing in a choir is great for your health with many benefits and positive effects including reducing the risk of heart disease, improved breathing, a positive effect on your immune system plus the mental benefits gained through the wonderful camaraderie that can be enjoyed through the training and beyond. If you think you might be interested, why not register for one of our online open evenings on 15th or 22nd February 2021 to meet Stephen Bell and members of the choir via Zoom, where you can find out more about this fantastic opportunity. To secure your place at the open evening of your choice get in touch with our project coordinator Marc Bentley on 07999942390 or...

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NMVC – A Covid Christmas

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  Despite having it’s live rehearsals curtailed once again by the current “second lockdown”, Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) is nevertheless forging ahead with its 2020 Christmas project to produce a video recording of the 60+ men of the choir singing two popular carols, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come All Ye Faithful”. NMVC is extremely grateful to the amazing soloists Emily Haig (soprano) and Joshua Daniel (tenor) who have kindly agreed to take part in this production. NMVC Chairman, John Waller says “Lockdown has not diminished the enthusiasm of the wonderful members of the choir who are delighted to be able to contribute to Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s important annual Tree of Light service.” The recording of NMVC’s Christmas video will require each chorister to submit a sound and video recording of themselves singing these carols at home. The final video compilation of the whole choir singing “together” will be featured in the Cynthia Spencer Hospice virtual Tree of Love celebrations on 10 and 15 December. The celebrations will be broadcast live on the Hospice’s Facebook and YouTube pages at 7:30pm, giving people the chance to come together, safely, to remember those they will be missing this Christmas. Musical Director, Stephen Bell, says “in recent years, in the lead up to Christmas, NMVC has been pleased and honoured to be invited to take part in Cynthia Spencer Hospice’s annual Tree of Light Service. Taking part in this year’s virtual service presents an exciting opportunity and challenge for the choristers. We are also hoping to broadcast the video on our own YouTube Channel on Christmas Day for anyone missing the opportunity to attend a live carol service on that day.” Hark the Herald Angels Sing: https://youtu.be/NUIwTCDugtQ O Come All Ye Faithful: https://youtu.be/CDLYqj0ofTo NMVC YouTube Channel:...

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For the Fallen – 2020 – Lest We Forget

Posted by on Oct 24, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This year on Remembrance Sunday November 8, due to Covid-19 the public are being urged to do their bit from home, either by watching events on television or on-line or by taking part in a twominute silence from 11am in their homes and gardens or, if safe to do so, from their doorsteps to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. However you’ll be observing the two-minute silence, you may like to listen to Northampton Male Voice Choir singing “For the Fallen” on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YB95phlK1I The song, which features on the Choir’s CD “Benedictus”, is set to the words often spoken at Remembrance Day services which are taken from the poem, “For the Fallen”, written by Laurence Binyon and first published in September 1914. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.” Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) would be very proud to contribute to your own act of Remembrance and we’ll also be “going live” from 10:55am on Sunday 8 November on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/northamptonmvc to broadcast our performance of “For the Fallen” and hold a two-minute silence. Please feel free to join...

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A Big Thank to Two Long Serving Legends of the Choir

Posted by on Oct 5, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At a recent committee meeting it was unanimously agreed that we should recognise the immense contributions that Mike Davis and John Hames have made over many years and continue to make to the choir. They are both already Vice-Presidents and I am very pleased to report that they have both agreed to take the additional title of Honorary Life Member. I am sure that you will all join me in thanking these two legends for their amazing contributions to our wonderful choir. John Waller, Chairman.

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Let All Men Sing – Choir Undaunted by Covid.

Posted by on Sep 17, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Northampton Male Voice Choir’s last performance before the Covid 19 lockdown was given on Friday 13 March when NMVC Lite competed in the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts. The following week all NMVC rehearsals were suspended and all concerts cancelled indefinitely. To maintain the choir’s momentum, Musical Director, Stephen Bell immediately began exploring “virtual rehearsal” options and, a month later, the choir held its first lockdown rehearsal via Zoom. On line tutorials were held for choristers who needed help with the technology and a full programme of weekly, on-line “sectional” rehearsals began on 19 May with separate fortnightly rehearsals for the full choir and NMVC Lite. The on-line rehearsals have continued regularly every week, often with 60 plus choristers taking part and, during this time, the choir has kept busy learning 13 new songs including a 12-minute medley of songs from Guys & Dolls and 3 songs from West Side Story that have been specially arranged for the choir by its talented Principal Accompanist, Andy Poole. Amazingly, during lockdown, the choir has had more rehearsals than ever thanks to the hard work of its MD and Music Team and the desire and determination of the choristers to maintain momentum. Since lockdown began, MD Stephen has carried out interviews with over 30 choristers and members of the NMVC Music Team via Zoom which have been broadcast live on the NMVC YouTube channel. This channel also contains videos of “virtual” performances by the Choir during lockdown including NMVC Lite performing “Autumn Leaves”, “My Love is Like a Red Red Rose” and “The Sound of Silence”. And finally, some six months after lockdown, NMVC has held its first live, socially distanced and covid-compliant rehearsals at Kislingbury Cricket Club, giving the men a long awaited opportunity to meet up with each other safely and enjoy the great feeling of being able to sing together. An exciting opportunity has also arisen for the Choir to be represented by NMVC Lite at a socially distanced live concert to be held at the Deco Theatre, Northampton on Saturday 21 November to raise money for the Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund. NMVC is actively pursuing opportunities to give other covid-compliant performances to real live audiences and planning is underway for the recording of a new CD and an enormous Party in the Park before the end of 2020. For more information about NMVC please visit https://www.nmvc.co.uk/ NMVC YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWCKnjss8p1LrO1NonSf0KQ/videos For tickets and information about the Deco Theatre concert https://www.thedeco.co.uk/event/one-...

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NMVC “Lite” Goes Live

Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) has recently diversified by forming a small, predominately a cappella, chorus to perform repertoire which the main choir would not normally sing. With no more than 20 members – selected by NMVC Musical Director, Stephen Bell – NMVC Lite is ideal for performing at smaller venues in which the 80 strong main Northampton Male Voice choir could not be accommodated. Currently The Lite is excitedly gearing up for its very first competitive event, having entered the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts on 13 March. And the first two concert bookings for The Lite” have already been taken: Saturday 18 April: The Lite will perform at a Rotary Club Charity Concert in the Bede House, Higham Ferrers. Saturday 18 July: The Lite will perform as the special guests of Kettering’s “Decibelles” ladies choir at their “Showtime” concert in the United Reform Church, London Road, Kettering. For further information about NMVC Lite and all Lite booking enquiries please contact Stephen Bell on 07749...

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Another Sell-Out Annual Concert for Male Voice Choir

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

On 28 September, Northampton Male Voice Choir (NMVC) under its Musical Director, Stephen Bell, together with special guests, Soprano, Emily Haig and the GUS Brass band, presented its 2019 Annual Concert to a capacity audience of 525 at Northampton High School, Hardingstone. The choir’s 2018 Annual Concert was also a sell-out, which is testament to its popularity and ability to entertain audiences. After a scintillating first half, which included a brand new selection of songs from the 75 men in the choir, the excited audience was treated to a rousing “Last Night at the Proms” style second half led by Emily Haig, complete with Union Jack flags and hats, red white and blue balloons and enthusiastic audience participation climaxing with a rousing rendition of “Land of Hope and Glory” followed by a lengthy standing ovation from the highly appreciative audience. The Annual Concert ended a busy summer for the choir which included a brief tour to Kent with concerts in Rochester Cathedral, Faversham, Sandwich and an open air concert on Whitstable Harbour where, in the space of an hour, the choir raised nearly £300 for RNLI Whitstable Lifeboat Station. For further details about Northampton Male Voice Choir see www.nmvc.co.uk For Emily Haig see www.emilyhaigsoprano.co.uk For Virtuosi Gus Band see...

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Northampton Male Voice Choir Honours Long Serving Member

Posted by on Jul 11, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

At its AGM on 25 June NMVC’s elder statesman, 85 year old Mike Davis, retired from his post on the Executive Committee and was presented with a large, framed photo of the Choir signed by the members in recognition of the magnificent service he has given to the choir. Mike, a Vice President of the Choir, began singing at the tender age of 7 as a chorister in his local church. He joined the former Northampton Men’s Own Choir in 1953, aged 19, and when, like many a teenager, his thoughts began to turn to other pursuits the Choir’s then Musical Director, George Goode, recognised Mike’s great singing talent and persuaded him to remain with the choir. Some 66 years later and Mike is still singing with the choir, which was renamed Northampton Male Voice Choir in 1980. A dedicated member of the First Tenor section, Mike has been a member of the Choir’s Executive Committee for 55 years. He was Choir Secretary from 1961 to 1993 and, before the age of computers and word processing, would conscientiously write out all the committee minutes by hand. Through his contacts at Northampton Borough Council, Mike was personally involved when, in 1980, the Choir was granted the privilege of incorporating the Northampton Coat of Arms into its uniform badge. Speaking at the AGM, NMVC Chairman, John Waller, said “Mike Davis is the perfect male voice chorister. He has a great voice and an infectious love of singing. His commitment is one hundred per cent and he is a great role model for all choristers. He enjoys the camaraderie; likes a pint and is a leader in “afterglows” – usually with a broad smile on his face. His contribution to the choir over 66 years as a member and by serving 55 years as a committee member has been immense and will probably never be repeated.” NMVC Musical Director, Stephen Bell, added “Mike Davis is solely responsible for asking me to become MD for the choir. It’s all his fault! Mike’s constant encouragement and support has been invaluable to me during my tenure as Musical Director of NMVC. I would go so far as to say that, without Mike Davis, the catalyst for recruitment campaigns and growth would simply not have happened.” Mike, whose favourite song is “What Would I Do Without My Music”, said “I’m thrilled and honoured that my involvement with the choir has been acknowledged in this way. It’s always been my wish for Northampton to be the home of a great male voice choir. Being a member of this wonderful choir has become a huge part of my life and I will strive to remain a member for as long as I...

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NMVC retains Challenge Cup at 2019 Northampton Eisteddfod

Posted by on Jun 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are proud to announce that NMVC, under its Musical Director Stephen Bell, has once again retained the Challenge Cup with a 1st place in the Competitive Open Choirs section at the Northampton Eisteddfod on Sunday 19 May where we were up against some very stiff competition indeed from Kettering’s Melody Choir and the Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella Chorus from Milton Keynes.   For many of the large intake of new NMVC members since last year’s Eisteddfod this was their first taste of competitive singing and they rose superbly to the occasion enabling NMVC to continue its run of success at this event.   In his summing up of NMVC’s performance the Adjudicator made commented:   “This is a fine choir which sings with great discipline”   (MJB May...

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NMVC Welcomes German Visitors

Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Two years after its highly successful tour to the Marburg* area of Germany at the invitation of the Liederkranz-Germania Choir from Ober-Erlenbach, NMVC will be playing host to a party of seventy German men and women singers from Ober-Erlenbach and Marburg during their visit to Northampton in June.   The great friendship between NMVC and the German choirs began in 2015 during NMVC’s tour to Exeter when they stayed in the same hotel as the Liederkranz-Germania Choir and shared some impromptu, late night “concerts” in the hotel bar. In 2017 the Liederkranz-Germania choir celebrated its 175th anniversary and invited NMVC to visit them in Germany and join them in their anniversary celebrations.   After arriving in the UK the previous day, the German tourists will meet the Mayor of Northampton on Friday 21 June before going on to visit several sites in the area. That evening the German choir(s) will join forces with NMVC to perform at a joint concert in St Giles Church, Northampton starting at 7pm.   Tickets for the joint concert on 21 June are £8 and will be available from NMVC Concert Secretary, David Walsh  Tel: 01604 831455  –  email: concertsecretary@nmvc.co.uk.   On Saturday the tourists will spend the day in Oxford and in the evening they are scheduled to attend a performance of the Berlioz Requiem performed by Northampton Bach Choir and Orchestra da Camera in St Matthews Church, Kingsley, Northampton.   On Sunday NMVC will be hosting a private function to bid farewell to its German friends who will be returning home the next day.   *The Town of Marburg is twinned with...

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