The Choir

About the Choir

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 Millennium Stadium and St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the Alexandra Theatre and the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

Currently we use St Mary and All Saints’ Church Kidderminster for rehearsals, and each year we make use of various local facilities including Kidderminster Town Hall to perform a variety of 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 with other choirs, bands and theatre groups, and sing at weddings, funerals and other social events.

As a charitable organisation ourselves, we aim to support others in the community with their charity work. We run concerts to raise funds for selected, mainly local charities each year and have recorded CDs for “Help for Heroes” and for The British Heart Foundation.

We are fortunate to have the support of a team of professional musicians and an enthusiastic amateur, whose credentials are set out below. We also have the support of a local peer, Viscount Cobham, and of our Honorary President, Pete Waterman.

Our Musical Support Team

  • David Barclay
  • Tony Bridgewater
  • Steve Singleton

David Barclay, Musical Director

Our Musical Director is David Barclay who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He 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. He also teaches singing in schools and privately.

Tony Bridgewater, Principal Accompanist

Tony Bridgewater is our Principal Accompanist. He was a student at the Birmingham School of Music and St John’s College, Cambridge, studying composition with Peter Tranchell and piano with Malcolm Wilson and Renee Reznek. He has composed music for Orchestra, Concert Band and Choir, and a range of instrumental works for piano, violin, trumpet and cello. His music for brass and wind instruments is published by Forton Music.

Tony was appointed Principal Accompanist for the Kidderminster Male Choir in September 2016 and in April 2018 he took up a similar post with the Wombourne Choral Society. He gives regular recitals both as a soloist and accompanist, and appears frequently in the local concerts. In addition to his many and varied musical interests he enjoys classic cars, art, gardening, films, photography and family life with his wife Veronica and their two children.

Steve Singleton, Deputy Musical Director

Steve Singleton was appointed Deputy Musical Director in June 2010 and regularly takes rehearsals either in his own right or deputising for David. He has conducted the choir on many different occasions including the successful tours to Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Normandy. When not deputising he sings, as a member of the choir, in the Bass section

Our Patron

Viscount Cobham

Viscount Cobham inherited the title from his brother in 2006 and moved into his historic, 18th century Hagley Hall in the West Midlands, in September 2007.

Born in Worcestershire in 1947, Christopher Lyttelton lived at Hagley, except for five years, when his father was Governor General of New Zealand. In 1967 he emigrated to Canada. He lived in Vancouver for a year before moving to Toronto in January 1969 where he joined a leading investment bank.

Returning to England in 1973, he married Tessa Readman, and continued working full time in the City of London until 2006. He served as a Director of the Securities and Futures Authority, from 1996 until its activities were taken over by the FCA in 2001.

His interests include gliding, heritage activities and country pursuits.

Our Honorary President

Pete Waterman OBE

Pete Waterman agreed to join KMC as Honorary President in 2018. He is a well-known media figure, author, DJ, Pop Idol judge and television presenter.

Pete is perhaps best known as one third of the hugely successful music production and song-writing partnership, Stock Aitken Waterman and for his world-famous PWL label. He has the unique distinction of being the most successful producer-songwriter in British history. His many awards and recognitions include 13 Ivor Novellos.

Pete has worked with a who’s who of artists including Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Rick Astley, John Travolta and Steps.

In 2001 Pete received an Honorary Doctorate from Coventry University followed by the University of Liverpool in 2004. In 2005 Pete received an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to the music industry.

St Mary and All Saints’ Church

St Mary and All Saints’ is the Parish Church of Kidderminster and has been a centre of Christian Worship for many centuries. The name Kidderminster tells us that there was an Anglo-Saxon minster but the exact site is uncertain though the names of the leading clergy are known from the 12th century onwards and are listed at the west end of the church. The present dark sandstone building dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, but significant restoration was carried out during the 19th century.

The Medieval building is a Grade I listed, with a seating capacity of 350. The church is open from May- September from 11.00am to 3.00pm for visitors or otherwise by arrangement, and is stewarded at these times. It is an imposing building both externally and internally and is part of Kidderminster’s heritage.

The outside of the building has fine architectural features, with a tower dating from the 15th century which now contains a chamber with a peal of twelve bells. The interior has many artefacts including an alabaster reredos, depicting The Last Supper; beautiful stained glass windows, as well as tombs, stone effigies and an engraved brass memorial.

Our Photographer

Colin Hill

Colin Hill has worked with the Choir for many years. Pictures speak a thousand words, and if you are looking for marketing material that brings your products or events to life, you need to have first class professional photographs.

Colin is an experienced photographer of many years standing Colin who could perhaps help your business or organisation present a professional image to your customers and clients.

You can contact Colin on 01562 751 634 or by email at info@chill-photography.co.uk