Newchurch Choir Celebrate 50 Years Of Singing

Newchurch Male Voice Choir

Newchuch Male Voice Choir are performing tonight to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.

The concert will start at 7 pm at the Medina Theatre tonight (Wednesday).

There will be songs from each of the five decades and the Choir will be supported by members of the Islands First Act Theatre Group, along with Soprano Helen Mackness and Violinist Nancy Borrett, accompanied by Wendy A’Bear.

Over the last 50 years, the choir has raised thousands of pounds for Island Charities and local Church’s by hold concerts, introducing and promoting young musical artists and giving Island communities a pleasant evenings entertainment.

The choir is based on the Isle of Wight and was formed due to a happy accident in 1967, when, after a last-minute withdrawal at a local concert, a few Newchurch men stepped into the breach and performed a few songs. The choir now has around 40 members.

One of its members and former policeman, Bob Cooper joined the Newchurch MVC choir three years ago. He says he looks forward to his Friday evenings singing:

“It’s a lot of comradeship from the choir, a lot of friendship and many are long-standing. Some have been in the choir for thirty to forty years.”

Mr Cooper added he wants younger men to join them:

“We are always open for new members and what we would like is the younger males – the 30-year-old or 40-year-old gentlemen – to try it.”

Tickets for tonight’s concert are £6 and can be purchased at the Medina Theatre Box Office or on the door.