Kidderminster Male Choir dates back more than a century, having been formed in 1904. Our one hundredth birthday was celebrated with a sensational sell out concert at Birmingham’s prestigious Symphony Hall. Other British venues where we have performed include the Royal Albert Hall, London, Millennium Stadium and St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Alexandra Theater in Birmingham.
Currently we have the privilege of rehearsing in St Mary’s Church Kidderminster, and each year we make use of the excellent facilities of Kidderminster Town Hall to perform a variety of seasonal style concerts. Throughout our long history we have entertained audiences not only in the West Midlands but throughout the United Kingdom and Abroad. We also participate in joint concerts, weddings etc., plus consider many other formal and informal functions requesting our support.
As a charitable organisation, we attempt to support others in the community with their charity work. We run concerts to improve fundraising for selected, specific charities each year. Our last major attempt at fund raising via a CD, was for the British Heart Foundation.
We are most fortunate to have various long term sponsors who support us financially and we are most grateful for this.
The Choir is registered with and is a member of:
- The National Association of Choirs (NAC)
The success of the choir is due to hard work and commitment of its singing members. However, the people we refer to as “our professionals” make a fundamental contribution to our performance standards and the high quality which we maintain. The professionals are our Musical Director and his Deputy together with our Principal Accompanist and his Deputy. Below is a brief profile of each of the team.
Musical Director – David Barclay
David, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, was appointed Musical Director of Kidderminster Male Choir in 2005. Since that time he has also accepted the position of Musical Director with Pershore Town Choir and in September 2008 was offered a place as Principal Cantoris Tenor Lay Clerk at Worcester Cathedral.
Deputy Musical Director – Steve Singleton
Steve was appointed Deputy Musical Director in June 2010. He joined the Choir in January 1992 and when not conducting he sings bass. Steve also sings in a barbershop quartet and in his time has also played the pipe organ and tenor horn in a brass band but not at the same time!
Principal Accompanist – Tony Bridgewater
Tony studied piano and composition at the Birmingham School of Music and St John’s College, Cambridge.He has composed much chamber music, and pieces for Orchestra, Concert band, and Choir. In 2015 Margaret Fingerhut gave the first performance of his Concert Piece for piano and orchestra, His music for brass and wind is published by Forton Music.
Deputy Accompanist – Margaret Tillott
Margaret joined the choir in 1974 after training as a teacher specializing in music at Goldsmiths College, London University where she became the official accompanist.She has played for and sung in many choirs and accompanied solo artists and returned to us as deputy when the choir introduced a second weekly rehearsal night.