New members sought to stop male voice choir from folding

Friday 20th September 2019 2:00 pm
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ONE of North Devon’s most popular musical attractions could fold unless it can recruit new members.

While demand for its performances has seldom been higher, the Torridge Male Voice Choir is seeking an urgent injection of new blood so that it can continue its vital fundraising role in the community.

The choir’s chairman, Derek Gale, said: “Age is beginning to catch up with us and if we are not just to survive but also flourish then we need to build up our membership.

“We are very proud of the fact that, since we formed in 2002, we have raised more than £20,000 through our performances. It would be a great shame if we were to lose our ability to support local charities.”

The Torridge choir, which embraces the former Hartland and Bideford choirs, currently has around 25 members. Ideally, it would like at least another ten recruits.

So who fits the bill and what can new members expect?

Derek said: “We don’t turn away anyone and there are no auditions. Obviously, we would like to hear from experienced singers but, equally, we are just as keen to welcome people who have never previously considered singing in a group environment.

“I love it because it is great fun. We’re just like one big family, really. There is a great camaraderie that comes with being part of a team — we have one member who regularly travels from Truro to sing with us — and there is, of course, the added satisfaction that you are helping to raise much needed funds for charity.”

The latest tangible proof of this commitment to local charities will come later in September when the choir will hand over a cheque for £1,000 to the Devon Air Ambulance, its nominated charity for this year.

The choir, under their musical director Shirleyanne Andrews, meets for rehearsals each Wednesday and, typically, performs about twice a month.

If anyone would like to find out more about joining the choir, contact Derek by email [email protected] or call 01288 354263.

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