• January 1958: At a social gathering in Crewe, Cliff Hartley, Harold Speed and the Mayor of Crewe Eric Booth arranged a meeting to gain support to form a male voice choir. The ambition:

To create a male voice choir to perform through the North West region and Nationally and to compete against the best of the English and Welsh amateur male voice choirs. 

  • February 1958: The Crewe & District Male Voice Choir was formed at a meeting which took place at the Municipal Buildings Crewe. Eric Booth was elected the 1st Chairman.

March 1958: Members  were recruited from Crewe and the surrounding areas. Roy Jennings was appointed the 1st Musical Director and rehearsals began in earnest.


  • November 1958: The choir gives its 1st official public performance at the Corn Exchange in Crewe.

  • 1959: The choir entered the Chester Music Festival and were section winners! They were also broadcast on BBC Radio for the 1st time.
  • 1960: As the choir’s reputation grew, Edward Griffiths replaced Roy Jennings as Musical Director. Musical Accompanist Gillian Lomas was also appointed. This new team went on to lead the choir to great success over the next 17 years – until 1977.










  • 1961-1965: Winners at the Chester Music Festival (61,62,63 & 65)and of the Alderley Edge Music Festival (62 & 64), 2nd BBC Radio broadcast
  • 1965-68: Winners of the Biddulph Music Festival (65, 66 & 67), Wallasey Music Festival (66), Fleetwood Music Festival (66), Morecambe Music Festival (67). The 1st 10 years finished with a joint anniversary concert with the Ludford St Girls School.