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2024 – Getting out and about

With our 2024 resolution to get out in the community more, we have some fab concerts lined up throughout the year and some truly wonderful collaborations with great local soloists and groups.  Keep your eye on our events page or Facebook for all the latest details of where you can see the choir across Crewe and Cheshire this year.

 

Rehearsals have resumed this January with gusto as we work towards a big concert later in the year! We’re bringing back some traditional male voice choir favourites as well as working on some more modern repertoire – well for us anyway!

 

If you’d like to join us for this exciting year, rehearsals are Monday afternoons from 2pm-4pm at Hopes and Beams, Broad Street Crewe. Everyone is welcome, and the choir is a great place to make new friends with a common interest and get the side health benefit of the breath work and singing! Pop in one afternoon or contact us to find out more.

New Rehearsal Start Times – Come and Join!

As the Autumn term approaches, preparations are in place to make sure we come back with a bang! We are starting afternoon rehearsals (2:15-4:15pm) on Mondays to avoid those dark winter nights and we are opening our doors for new members.  We rehearse at Hopes and Beams, Broad Street Crewe next to Poppy’s Cafe.

If you have no experience, if you a have a little experience, if you are very experienced….. we need you! We are a very welcoming and supportive group that enjoy and support each other to make the best music we are able to entertain our local community.

If you’re not sure it’s for you, pop on down to Hopes and Beams for lunch then head over to our rehearsal room to listen or take part and see if this is the group you have been looking for. Everyone is welcome.

For any enquiries, please contact us  on cmvchoir@btinternet.com or enquire at Hopes and Beams Reception, Broad Street, Crewe.

We’re Back! – Summer 2022

After a rather long hiatus and a few trial runs, we’re officially back and out performing in the community!

This summer, we were able to reunite with friends, old and new and put on a season of concerts that pushed us another step towards returning to a ‘normal’ concert season before the zoom years.Here’s a quick look back at the concerts:

 

29th May – Crewe Market Hall #ceplayspiano project 

We were delighted to be asked to take part in the #ceplayspiano project managed by Cheshire East Council and the Crewe Lyceum Theatre. 4 pianos have been placed in public spaces across Crewe and Macclesfield and are open to the public to use as well as for pre-arranged activities and concerts. Click here to visit our Facebook page for pictures and videos from the event.

4th June – Sandbach Town Hall

This joint concert with the Sandbach U3A Choir was intended to happen in 2020. We never expected it to go ahead 2 years later and on the Jubilee weekend! Needless to say we had a few Jubilee items and a few ambitious joint items like attempting to sing a bit of G&S with 2 x soloists, Mens solo group, Ladies solo group, Ladies choir, and Mens choir and then Joint choir sections! A few mishaps perhaps, but it was a very fun evening indeed.

23rd June – Haven Cafe Jubilee Celebration Afternoon Tea!

It was lovely to provide some background entertainment for this event, we thank Haven Cafe for getting in touch. The food was lovely and we’d be more than happy to ‘help out’ again 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

11 July  – Summer Serenade at Hopes and Beams

Our annual summer fundraiser for Hopes and Beams had a little something extra to it this year – a whole other male voice choir! This was our first joint concert with Newcastle Male Voice Choir and we hope we continue to collaborate in the future as it was truly stunning to hear the sound of the combined choirs.

 

 

2020-21 – The Zoom Years

The zoom years have been challenging, but we, as a choir have continued to do what we are passionate about, at that is to make music. As we look at 2022 with more of a normal spring in our step, here’s a quick look back at everything we have been upto.

 

Christmas At Crewe Market Hall

Had a fabulous christmassy time at Crewe Market Hall this afternoon. Happy holidays from all of us and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. Watch this space for new events coming in the late spring/summer!

 

 

1st Choir Gathering in Person!

Had a lovely lunch at Hopes and Beams today. A lovely end to a great term of zooming. Looking forward to more in person catch ups from the Autumn Term.

Christmas 2020 Sing-Along-With-Us

Crewe Male Voice Choir and Sandbach U3A Choir sincerely thank our members and special guests for their valuable time and contribution to the very first Christmas sing-a-long CD!. Individual recordings conducted in the comfort of our own homes. 🙂 It was a challenge but it was great to finish this year with a virtual concert. This sing-a-long karaoke video compliments the limited edition 100 CDs that were gifted to choir members, special guests, care homes & hospices across Cheshire East where Crewe Male Voice and Sandbach U3A Choirs would have traditionally performed live, bringing a little Christmas cheer.

Tickets now on sale for Beechmere Charity Concert

New Music Director for 2019-2020 Season

After a glorious year of celebrations for our 60th Anniversary, our Music Director, Stephen Davies, has requested to step down as the Choir’s Leader. As many of you may know, when Stephen stepped up and out of the bass section 5 years ago, the choir was in desperate need of new leadership to push us forward and ensure we continued to survive. Stephen was more than willing to get “stuck in” and has taken us on an amazing journey; reinvigorating the choir’s members and taking us back into the heart of the community through our fundraising efforts and free public events. The Crewe Male Voice Choir of today would not exist without his outstanding efforts. It is with a heavy heart that we see him step down from his post.

However, he has not gone far! Stephen has agreed to continue as the Choir’s secretary, moving back into the bass section (admitting he now has to learn to sing all this music!)  and is a fountain of all knowledge for the new Music Director. So without further a do, it is a pleasure to announce that Treona Holden, will takeover the Music Director duties as of April 2019.

Treona has been our accompanist and the assistant to the Music Director since 2011 so most definitely a familiar face to the lads and our audiences! After a successful 1st term of concerts, Treona is looking forward to starting the new season, with lots of ideas on how our choir can continue to evolve on our journey.

I am delighted to have been appointed as MD for this wonderful choir. I’ve enjoyed the past 8 years of accompanying and look forward to many more, creating new memories and experiences for audiences as well as our members. I’d like to thank Stephen for being so helpful during our transition, I hope that I can continue to move the choir forward on the great path Stephen has started us on. The 2019-2020 season is shaping up to be one that I’m unlikely to forget, filled with wonderful opportunities and maybe the occasional song from the Muppets 🙂

 

On behalf of the choir, we wish Treona an excellent 1st season and look forward to what the next year will bring!

 

CMVC New Single Announcement

We are very privileged to have such a fantastic rehearsal space at the Cheshire Academy on Broad Street (Crewe) and are always looking for ways we can support the centre in their new ventures. This summer we were very excited to have been asked to take part in the recording of a charity single written by one of the founders of the Academy after we had initially premiered the piece in 2015.  A short 3 years later and this song has been transformed to include a massed choir of 60+ people from community groups across Crewe and Cheshire and soloists Gail Stubbs and Little Wall.

 

The single is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Store, YouTube Music, Spotify, Deezer and many more. All proceeds will go to the Cheshire Academy to support them to continue providing excellent services for their students and the local community. We had a great time recording it and hope you have a great time listening to it! 

 

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