Haydock Male Voice Choir (HMVC) is a group of 70 men who enjoy the challenge and personal satisfaction of singing together in harmony. This gives a tremendous feeling of achievement and well-being. It is also a wonderful discipline for training the memory!
We rehearse twice a week and perform concerts in a variety of venues usually within a 25 mile radius of our base in Haydock and St Helens. Our concert programmes are selected from between 50 & 60 pieces (of several hundred) which have been learned by the choir and are sung from memory. This programme changes completely over a year, as we will have learned 12 to 15 new pieces in that time.
We are led by a music team of three professional musicians. Musical Director Dan Craddock who has just joined us becomes only our tenth conductor since our formation in 1923. Our two young and talented piano accompanists, Ruth Webb and Jenny Durbin are graduates of RNCM, having specialised in Piano Accompaniment. We fund most of our activities from our own finances, but we have been supported by local organisations and charities who have gifted us funds.
We are extremely grateful for the generous support given by organisations such as the Coalfield Re-Generation Fund; the National Lottery; the Rainford Trust; Merseyside Community Foundation; Harry & Mavis Pilkington Trust and the support of St Helens Council.