Chester Male Voice Choir, one of Chester’s leading choirs, have begun rehearsals again after lockdown halted face-to-face rehearsals, giving the choir’s new members a chance to perform at their first open rehearsal since the lockdown.
It is planned that the choir will resume live indoor rehearsals in Plas Newton on Sunday 11th July, subject to the lifting of restrictions, and a second outdoor rehearsal will also take place, with a call for local men looking to socialise and share their love of music to join.
The Cheshire based choir, which was founded in 1941 as “The Cestrian Male Voice Choir”, is marking its 80th birthday this year, and the management committee is planning to celebrate with events across 2020 and 2021.
A special 80th Anniversary concert at Chester Cathedral and a Black-Tie dinner to celebrate will be held in November with special guests from the famous Foden’s Band.
Several new members have since joined the choir during the year, and they are now preparing for a return to regular rehearsals in July as well as live performances.
Speaking to TGC about getting together in person after such a long gap, choir Chairman John Walsh said:
At the face-to-face meeting at Chester Rugby Club, two long-standing members of the choir who sadly passed away during the lockdown were remembered, Bob Cunningham and Mike Heathcote. The widow of Bob was presented with a lifetime achievement award last year and the late Mike was bestowed an Honorary Life Membership just a few weeks before he sadly passed away in November.
The choir will schedule more events once all restrictions have been lifted and they are confident they can proceed safely. For more information about the choir and how to get involved, visit www.chestermalevoice.com.
Alternatively, you can reach choir Chairman John Walsh by telephone on 07894 509529 or by email at email@example.com