The Torridge Male Voice Choir was formed in February 2003 from an amalgamation of the Hartland Male Voice Choir and Bideford Male Voice Choir. The objective of our Choir is to establish and maintain a high standard of singing and to assist charities and voluntary organisations through the presentation of concerts.
We welcome new members, there is no age limit and encourage newcomers, especially beginners, to come to one or two rehearsals without obligation, to see if you enjoy singing as much as we do.
The Choir rehearses every week on a Wednesday at Woolsery Community Centre, between 07:45 p.m. and 09:30 p.m., click on ‘Location’ to see a map. Music is selected by the Musical Director, usually at the beginning of a year, and sheet music issued to choir members remains property of the Choir.
The cost of membership is £60 per year, payable in one instalment, or three instalments. In addition there are single payments of £25 and £13 to purchase a Choir blazer and tie, these items must be returned on leaving.
Concert uniform consists of our blue blazer and tie, plus a plain white long sleeved collared shirt, plain black shoes, black socks and black trousers. A belt if worn should also be plain black.
Over the course of a year, Torridge Male Voice Choir may give 20 or so concert performances. Most of these will be in the areas of North Devon or North Cornwall, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Bideford, Holsworthy, Kilkhampton, Bude, and so on. Also it is traditional for the Choir to travel once a year for a long weekend away, as guests of another choir. This weekend includes recreation and concert activity.
The Choir is a member of The National Association of Choirs and it is a registered charity. We have a management committee consisting of a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Musical Director, click on ‘Our Officers’ to see pictures. Other committee members are the Concert Manager and Librarian and four Section Leaders who represent 1st Tenor, 2nd Tenor, Baritone and Bass voices. Committee meetings are monthly, where all members present have an equal vote unless the vote is tied, when the Chairman’s vote counts double.