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Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Choir is back in concert by popular request

December 13th, 2015: The choir and its regular local singing friends are back on December 13th by popular request for another Sunday afternoon festive Christmas concert for the whole family.

Last December the choir and guest soloists put on a rare Sunday concert in Malton which many audience members said they would like to hear again. “It went down so well with both children and grown-ups that we are repeating a successful format”, said Choir Chairman Tom Todd.

This year’s concert is on Sunday December 13th at 3.00 pm in Malton St. Michaels Church, Market Square, Malton. As always, there is plenty of free local parking available and it is hoped the latest daytime event will also prove popular again with families and older people. Entry is £6.00 on the door. Children under 12 are free.

Joining the group’s own solo singers again this year with new songs is popular Ryedale soprano Rachel Anderson . The choir, with Vivien Wilcock conducting and Chris Welch at the piano, will also be introducing new arrangements of popular evergreens alongside traditional carols which the audience will be able to join in. (end)


Choir waves off overseas tenors

November 14, 2014: Two popular overseas members of the choir have returned home after singing with us for a year. Both Marcel Fraenzel and Matt Journeé had much praise for the quality and enthusiasm of the choir and said it had been a lot of fun.

Dutchman Marcel and partner Petra returned to Holland where Marcel was taking up a position late November as mayor in the municipality of Noord Beveland in Zeeland. He spent over a year with the choir during a sabbatical in Thornton Le Dale. He discovered the choir on the Internet.

Matt Journeé, wife Linda and the girls have meanwhile reported arriving safely back in Christchurch in New Zealand after being in the UK for three years. He joined the choir in July 2013 after meeting a member at a concert his small daughter was singing in.

Matt has meanwhile reported having to get his shorts straight out of the luggage to cope with the warming weather at the other end of the planet – a stark contrast indeed to the cold November weather at his going-away party in Binnington, which several choir members attended! He also said he intended to put together a photo/recording mix of the choir’s April Scarborough NAC concert for the MDMVC website. It was, he concluded, “inevitable” that he and Linda and the girls would be returning to the UK one day.

The choir held a very successful and fun-packed farewell concert

for Marcel and Matt on October 4th in Malton Methodist Church. The concert also benefitted St John’s Church in Newton upon Rawcliffe, the home of choir Musical Director Vivien Wilcock.  (end)





Malton District Male Voice Choir was created on September 21st 2007 and is believed to be the first male choir for many years to be founded in the North Yorkshire market town of Malton.The district is well served by talented singing and performing groups of all kinds, but the absence of a male voice choir was long seen as a major gap by its founders.

To help fill that gap, local amateur singer and musical performer Tom Todd teamed up with singing teacher Chris Thornton-Holmes, who sings with Covent Garden and sang for many years with La Scala Milan and Glyndebourne Opera. The response to their appeal for members was immediate.

“From day one, we had a group of enthusiastic and dedicated members, most of whom are still with us” said Tom. “Many, particularly those who have sung with male voice and other choirs in the past, said they had long hoped to see a male choir in the area and couldn’t wait to join”.

Now with around 30 members whose ages range from 16 to 85, the choir has helped raise thousands of pounds for local good causes and taken part in dozens of concerts in North Yorkshire. In 2010 it released its first CDs. It has been a hectic but exhilarating and rewarding time and the choir has been given a warm welcome wherever it has performed.

The choir is currently under the baton of our  Musical Director- Vivien Wilcock. The choir meets most Mondays from about 7.30 to 9.30 pm in the Baptist Church, Raillway Street Malton and practices are informal, always fun and, in the opinion of many members “a great way to start a  week”.

The choir is keen to boost its size even further and welcomes new members of all ages over 15. Previous musical or choir experience is not necessary but an ability to sing and a love of singing obviously is!  If you would like to join, call Choir Secretary, David Ackroyd on 01944-758693 or Chairman Tom Todd on 01653-692362 or simply come along on a MONDAY evening.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


Following a successfull Christmas concert in 2013 and2014 we are repeating the format on Sunday 13th December, 2015 starting at 3.00pm in St Michaels Church. Malton.   Admission is £6.00 but under 12's are admitted free.

On Friday 18th December 2015 at 5.00pm in the Milton Rooms, Malton, we will be singing a few Christmas songs and carols before being joined by

Harmonia Ladies Choir to sing the new "Song for Malton" which has been specially commissioned for the Dickens Festival.


On Christmas Eve we have again been invited to sing some Xmas music for dinners and guests at the Talbot Hotel. Malton.