Thank you so much to the kidderminster choir who performed at the funeral of my mother, at Yardley old Church recently. I wanted to pay tribute to the the most amazing person I will ever know and the addition of this wonderful choir most certainly helped me achieve this. To come into the church to the wonderful sound of their voices and have them accompany us in our hymns was a truly memorable occasion. All of the congregation, young and old were moved by the presence of this wonderful group, special thanks to Steve who co-ordinated at short notice a most spectacular performance that will stay with us forever. I can still feel the goosebumps and pride of us achieving a tribute my mother would have truly loved, and one that comforted all of my family. Thank you all. Bernadette Vaux
Bewdley Town Christmas Lights Switch On. Hello Please send our warmest congratulations to your Choir for a wonderful mix of Christmas carols at the opening of our Bewdley Xmas lights switch on event. Thank you.
War and Peace Concert 29th October Town Hall Kidderminster
Congratulations for enjoyable varied performance I thought the combined choir sounded quite professional and the soloists did well supporting the programme. It was obvious your replacement Principal Accompanist will be an added asset,may consider asking him to give an individual recital in a future concert. Keep up the good work ! Sincerely. C.Trevor.Teague.
25th Anniversary event at Spring Grove House West Midlands Safari Park. We and our guests very much enjoyed the choir's wonderful singing and we were so pleased to have you as part of our milestone event. Thank you for bringing your beautiful singing to our special occasion. Best wishes Lindsay White Marketing Manager Plastics Plus Ltd
Re: A Nottingham Slant on The Longest Time Concert April 23rd
Having come across the choir quite by chance in Sheringham last October, and having played the CD over and over again, we were so impressed that we travelled from Nottingham to Kidderminster last weekend to hear the choir on its home ground. To say that it was worth it is an understatement; we enjoyed every moment of the concert in honour of the Queen, and also meeting up with David and members of the choir. What an achievement to perform entirely from memory with such a wide range of music! What a fine Town Hall with its superb organ, played so skilfully by David Lawson! It was all truly uplifting for us and well worth the journey. The only sadness was the farewell to Maureen, your amazing accompanist. Greetings to all, and we hope we shall meet and hear you again before too long.
Pat and Jerry Morris
Re: the Queens Birthday Concert April 23rd
Just got home after a lovely evening enjoying the wonderful singing from Kidderminster Male Voice Choir. How lucky are we to have this choir in our back yard. It needs and deserves New members.If I were male and more importantly if I could sing I would definitely join.
Review: Paul Dilks,
I had a lovely time attending two of your rehearsals last week as a guest.
Gary kindly offered to take me from his place in Shatterford.I soon felt completely at home , as if I had been at Kidderminster Male Choir for ages. Your welcome was so warm and genuine.
Your rehearsal and singing was really involving and satisfying to me and it’s easy to see how a new recruit would soon relax into the wonderful atmosphere and feel completely at home.
I really enjoyed the keen lyricism and attention to detail that David promoted.
A trip to the pub with the guys afterwards rounded off what was for me a couple of truly memorable evenings.
Thank you so much.
Recruitment Day So glad I came to your recruitment day and spent a happy hour listening, singing and enjoying your company. I hope you get the large numbers of new recruits that you so thoroughly deserve. Singing with the choir is good for the health and good for the heart as well as being great fun. "Since singing is so good a thing, I wish all men would learn to sing." (William Byrd) All best wishes. Alan Fairs.
May I congratulate your choir for the wonderful music and song, when you sang at my friends wedding at the Curradine Barns Shrawley last week.
Looking through your website how long the choir has been in existence I feel sure there will be a booking when my daughter gets married.
Good luck for the future
Sarah Goldsmith, Mayfair
“THIS annual concert is always a good start to the festive season, and is great fun, with lots of audience participation, and the Men in Red donning Christmassy headgear. The programme was packed with popular Christmas songs – Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer (soloist Harry Lewis), Deck the Hall, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Jingle Bells, a very difficult to sing arrangement of Ding Dong Merrily on High and, of course, they had to include White Christmas.
We were also treated to the comedic Gloucestershire Wassail, and the 16th century tune Gaudate. As usual, the concert was compered by Keith Walton, and he also recited his own poem Mary Had a Babby, while Richard Jones read a Pam Ayres poem of Goodwill to Men-Give us your Money. Not to be outdone, Musical Director David Barclay recounted the story of a Yorkshire Messiah. For an international flavour, the choir sang Carol of the Bells, which was originally a Ukranian folk song, This had been arranged by David and was lovely. The audience joined in cdl the popular carols, and the usual, manic, version of the Twelve Days of Christmas, a time when I am glad I was born in December! (Anyone reading this who doesn’t know what I mean by that should come to next December’s concert). Apart from all the laughs and Christmas music, we were invited to think about the troubles in the world, the people being persecuted or killed, and we heard the very moving, and so apt, Let There be Peace on Earth. What a beautiful few moments. To end this fantastic evening, the choir wished us all a Merry Xmas and a New year of peace, love and harmony, in their own inimitable way – they sang to us. The only thing to marr this super annual event was the two women on the back row who insisted on talking throughout. However, even they couldn’t spoil the great atmosphere. Thanks again chaps. VJS.”
Christmas ’15 VJS, Kidderminster Town Hall
“What a fabulous concert! There surely has never been such a wonderful collection of songs all in one programme. The deafening shouts of ‘More’ at the end of the concert were well deserved, as none of the audience wanted the music to stop.
I was overjoyed to find several of my all-time favourites included, such as two items by Gilbert & Sullivan, the poignant BuiDoi (from Miss Saigon), and great selection from Les Mis.
There was also the beautiful The Rose when compere Keith Walton pointed out it was being performed in The Rose, there was at least one person in the audience named Rose and the rest of us were sitting in rows (ouch!).
The perennial favourites If I were a Rich Man (Fiddler on the Roof) and There is nothin like a dame (South Pacific) featured comedy from Sam Whitehouse and the haunting She (Hotting Hill) was glorious.
We enjoyed the up-beat Sloop John B (Forrest Gump) and a superb arrangement of The Sound of Silence (The Graduate).
The choir’s, multi-talented deputy MD, Steve Singleton, played a drum on The Lion Sleeps Tonight (The Lion King.)
Though the concert was scheduled to end with You’ll Never Walk Alone (Carousel ) the prolonged applause resulted in a terrific encore of the Rhythm of Life (Sweet Charity) which I can never keep up with as the lyrics are so fast!
I felt The Wind Beneath My Wings (Beaches) needs a bit of work, but now I am nit-picking.
As always, the choir was under the musical direction of David Barclay, and accompanied by- Maureen Bowkett, while Keith Walton provided a great deal of fun, likening his fellow choristers to films such as Grumpy Old Men, with Steve, David and Maureen being The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, though not necessarily in that order!. The choir seem to be singing even better than ever, and the acoustics in The Rose suited them admirably. I will add my own shout of More of the same please. VJS.”
Fabulous Concert – Von-Stewart, Rose Theatre Kidderminster
“There is no sound more beautiful than a good male voice choir singing pianissimo in sweet harmony as we heard at the Rose Theatre in early September. A superb concert…the programme flew by. Thanks for a wonderful evening.”
Alan Fairs (International Opera Singer), THe Rose Theatre Kidderminster
“Well done everyone, on a fantastic performance at the Rose Theatre in September. You ‘Brought the house down’!
It was so nice to see so many of you at the afterglow, it was the best afterglow, i have seen for a while. A huge thank-you, to Lindsay White, for designing such an excellent Programme. Everything about that night, was ‘Perfect’”
Perfect Night!, The Rose Theatre Kidderminster
“THIS has to go down as one of the best ever concerts held in our town hall. From start to finish, the unashamedly patriotic music lifted all our spirits, and everyone lustily joined in with Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.
To my joy, two of Doris Arnold’s wonderful arrangements were included, and I was transported by the beautiful harmonies in Arise O Sun and Love Could I Only Tell Thee. – both of which the choir sang superbly.
I was also delighted that there were two Gilbert and Sullivan songs included – Entrance and March of the Peers, from Iolanthe which the men of KMC have never sung better, and With Cat like Tread, from The Pirates of Penzance.
The choir also gave a superb performance of another of my favourites, The Lost Chord, During the evening, we visited many parts of England, including Tyneside (When the Boat Conies In) and Scarborough Fair (for which hie the choir was accompanied by Heidi Worth on flute.
We were treated to a performance of the little-known Bewdley Carol, in preparation for KMC’s visit to Cornwall, where it is one of their competition entries.
Tribute was paid to our armed forces with Comrades in Arms, The Dambusters March and Sailing.
Adding to this excellent programme, was West Mercia Police Band, with their MD Tony Hodgetts. This section included an unusual euphonium duet of Softly As I Leave You, and I much enjoyed the Glog Dance, made popular in the film Brassed Off. Another highlight of their contribution was Blencathra March, depicting Saddleback mountain in the Lake District.
As always, the choir was directed by David Barclay, accompanied by Maureen Bowkett, and the concert was compared in his inimitable way, by Keith Walton. This was a truly terrific evening. It was hinted that there may be a similar concert next year I hope so. VJS.”
VJS, Kidderminster Town Hall – St George’s Concert
“I would like to thank all of you who performed for Wyre Forest School at Trinity Methodist Church (18th. Dec) It was absolutely lovely and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed herself. It was wonderful that the children could perform too. Thank you for making your wonderful singing available to those who might not get an opportunity to experience it at your usual concerts.”
Mary Collins, Trinity Church Kidderminster
“Making Life Special & Memorable
Although you probably have a zillion photos of the recent, very entertaining, concert in the park event in Bewdley, I have attached a couple I took with my mobile. (go to our gallery -non traditional concerts)
We had such a lovely time listening to you and dancing in the sunshine. Such moments make life special and memorable. I will definitely be attending the 26th September Concert with Mousehole Choir from Cornwall in St. Mary’s Church, Kidderminster and will share the information with my friends. I hope they will come too. Look forward to seeing you all again in September and wish you a very fulfilling and joyful summer.”
Cassandra Osborn, Jubilee Gardens Bewdley – August
“Please pass on my thanks to your choir for their sterling contribution to yesterday’s match. Despite the disappointing score, we could hear you loud and clear, and the squad and management were very pleased with the choir effort all round.
Many thanks once again for your efforts which were noticed and appreciated.
I hope to call you in the next few days to see if you would be willing to put some fixture dates in your choir diary.”
ANDREW KRISTY, Worcester
What a wonderful experience to hear the choir in the chapel. When they sang Bring Him Home there wasn’t a dry eye.
Thank you to Paul and everyone who arranged the visit.
it was a great day out, we shall definitely go again, to much to see in one day.
Our visit with the choir made it extra special.”
june millward, Kidderminster
“Spring Concert 2013-05-19
WHAT turned out to be, as usual, a superb concert by our wonderful choir, began rather badly.
Unfortunately some of the choir began Bohemian Rhapsody out of key and were totally at odds with the piano.
However this was soon rectified and after getting over this initial shock the audience enjoyed the rest of the evening!
It was good to hear an old favourite of mine – All in the April Evening, and other highlights including the ever popular I Get Around and the one which never fails to grab the audience – I Dreamed a Dream.
We heard an excellent version of the Grand March from Verdi’s Aida and, as always, Sam Whitehead delighted the audience with his bird impressions in If I Were A Rich Man.
There was a double bill of Lean on Me/We Shall Overcome, with solo by Harry Lewis, which was much enjoyed, as was the encore – An American Trilogy.
The KMC’s guest for the evening was a young lady from Birmingham Conservatoire, Kathryn Coleman, who chose the much-loved Meditation from Thais to open her programme.
I did not think Strike Up The Band was a good choice for a solo violin, but Salut d’Amour by Elgar and Sarasate’s superb Romanza Andalucla were excellent choices, and she played the latter superbly.
Once again our versatile choir, under the musical direction of David Barclay, and accompanied by Maureen Bowkett, did not disappoint and as always, the programme was ably compered by Keith Walton.”
VJS, Kidderminster Town Hall Spring Concert
“Kidderminster Male Choir sang at our wedding on 9th August 2012 and we can’t thank you all enough.
All of our guests were completely blown away by the performance and it was the talk of the day. Your rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody was superb. Booking the choir was quite a late decision but it was one of the best ones we made, you all looked so smart in your lovely red blazers and having a choir sing during the hymns added so much atmosphere, especially when singing Jerusalem, it was such a poignant moment. I loved when you sang ‘You Raise Me Up’ during the signing of the register it gave me goose bumps.
We are very happy that since our singing at our wedding our friends have booked you to sing at their wedding in January, we really look forward to seeing you all there.”
Diana & Omar’s Wedding, Bearwood
“As social secretary of Kidderminster Golf Club, I was looking for something different. One of our members sings in the choir and suggested we give them a go. We took a chance, as it is not everyone’s choice of music, including mine, but after the first notes were sung I was smitten and cannot wait to see them again. Their varied songs and humour were well worth listening to. Everyone was enthralled by them and were singing their praises for days afterwards, but not only that, after the show they had a warm down at the bar and entertained us for another six songs and drank a few pints as well.”
Mervyn Billingham, Kidderminster Golf Club
“The choir performed at Swansea on June 22nd 2012 as guests of the Singleton Singers and what a wonderful evening of entertainment!
The afterglow at The Village hotel was fantastic!
Well done boys, hope we hear you again.”
Jeff Walters, Swansea
“From all of us here – another big Thank-You for a wonderful evening on Friday 18th May. What a joy to hear you all again and to see how much you obviously enjoy your singing.
Many many people from the Church were talking about the concert on the Sunday night, so I think you have gathered some more fans!
All good wishes for the Welsh Trip coming up”
Pat Brierley, Wollaston Free Church
“One of the best concerts ever seen in our Town Hall was rewarded with a standing ovation. Not only were the men of our wonderful Kidderminster Male Choir in superlative form, but they were joined by a choir of girls from our Holy Trinity School, who were also excellent.
The men demonstrated their versatility with, as usual, a wide variety of songs – ancient and modern including my favourite – which sends a shiver down my spine every time – Bui Doi from Miss Saigon.
It was great to hear the girls choir singing tunes properly, with perfect diction, even in their very fast Rhythm of Life number. They also had some very talented soloist too.
The finale was both choirs taking the stage for Bring Him Home and Do You Hear The People Sing. The latter having to be encored by audience demand and their standing ovation. It is a wonder the Town Hall roof was still in place after the volume created in that last number.
von stewart, Kidderminster
“Spring Concert 2012
We are just coming down to earth after Kidderminster Male Choirs wonderful concert. The Boys in Red were fantastic and their guests, the young ladies were a special extra.
The programme was again varied to suit all tastes and a great balance between fun and serious. The changes of atmosphere was mirrored by the choir and their joy of singing was so apparent.
We are looking forward to the concert at our local Wollaston Free Church on Friday May 18th when there will be a larger contingent from Hagley.”
Pat Brierly and friends(Hagley), Hagley
“Just to say how impressed I was with the choir’s performance in Kidderminster Town Hall, at your Christmas Concert. I thought your choice of songs, your diction, your choral harmonising, and above all, your sense of fun were terrific. Thanks for a lovely evening.”
Margaret Ling, Worcester Road, Hagley
“A tremendous evening of varied music, well received by a capacity and appreciative audience, supporting the British Legion Annual Concert.”
Terry Booton, St Anne’s Church Bewdley
“Thought I liked Songs for Heroes, I must say I think Hearts in Harmony is the greatest!
It must be very difficult to chose a programme to reach the widest audience but I think that one does. A good mix of traditional, classic, modern and popular.
Great Stuff – keep it coming”
Pat Brierley, Hagley West Mids.
“A wonderful sell-out concert last Friday night at Wollaston Free Church. A great balance in styles and and so expressively performed.”
Peter Clay, Wollaston
“Thank you for the CD, it was a lovely surprise. Although I initially had reservations, as I much prefer the cleaner sound of a conventional piano or classic organ; this was probably just me living in the past again. The true quality and rich sound of the choir is fully revealed in the delightful rendition of The White Rose. A beautiful performance.
I suppose I ought to view the production as trying to broaden the appeal of the CD and its sales, by trying to appeal to a wider audience and I wish it every success. The Choir should be congratulated on its effort to support yet another major national charity.”
Derek & Eilish, Shropshire
“Hi , I and my friend Tricia really had a lovely evening at the concert on Saturday night at the Town Hall and Tricia has bought 2 CDS!
I am now listening to the CD for the second time today and I think it is fantastic . The singing and the quality of the recording are both brilliant – well done !! I hope everybody who took part in the recording are delighted with the final product because I think you can be very proud of it.”
“Thank you for the wonderful concert you gave at Droitwich Methodist Church. Everyone enjoyed the evening and commented on the high quality of your singing. The bonus for us is that we raised £635 for church funds. I have never seen so many cakes disappear so quickly!!”
Mary Stanbury, Droitwich
“Hi, it was an absolute pleasure to meet you all on Saturday evening following your performance at the church. You were all in very good voice and were fantastic to listen to. If there is anything we can do for you in the future ie. if you need a venue to hold a meeting or simply a meal and a good pint, we would love to see you again.”
Alan Sambrooks, The Three Horseshoes Alveley
“Grenadier Guards Concert- Malvern
We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Forum Theatre at Malvern to see a concert with the Grenadier Guards and their guests Kidderminster Male Choir. We had never heard such a tremendous combination before. Kidderminster MC not only held their own against the majesty of the band in their joint venture of I Vow To Thee My Country, but the rest of their repertoire left the audience buzzing with delight. Later, after the concert, their afterglow at the bar was a resounding success, mesmerising many of the audience of the play that had been presented at the Festival Theatre.
Well done Kidderminster MC, we are looking forward to the next concert we can get to with you guys.”
Janet & Terry Cook, Fairfield
“We recently purchased your H4H Charity CD Songs for Heroes. We really enjoyed the music on that CD very much. We have two sons, one has recently left the Army after 26 years, the other is still a serving officer, so we have a very vested interest in the H4H charity. Our eldest son served in (what was) the RAMC in various war theatres, and knows first hand the problems faced by medical staff from the field hospitals through to the NHS hospitals in which he served once all the Military hospitals were handed over to them. H4H is now the only charity we will support, so good luck with your future fund-raising.”
Pamela and John Nicholson , Colchester, Essex
“I booked Kidderminster Male Choir for my daughter’s wedding at Dumbleton Church, and they were amazing. I have never heard so many wonderful comments from so many people, it really made the day for us, the atmosphere in the church was magical. So thank you so much to all the singers and organisers. We will be coming to see your concerts in the future.”
Sue cheeseman, Kidderminster
“I invited four of our friends to a Kidderminster Male Choir concert. They had never heard a male choir live before. They are now ardent fans thanks to KMC.”
Jacqui Brown, Broome
“The Spring performance at Kidderminster Town Hall was excellent, the Choir were on form. Well done gents.”
Ian Price, Kidderminster
“My lovely wife bought tickets for us to go and see Kidderminster Male Choir for my birthday. I’m really glad she did. The songs they sang were refreshing, and my favourite Robbie Williams track – Angels, was a great version indeed!”
Brian Lowestoft, Redditch
“I was really impressed with the last performance I saw of Kidderminster Male Choir, they put on such a great show. I am officially their biggest fan…I would join if I could sing as well as these guys!”
Chris Griffin, Kidderminster