Haydock Male Voice Choir (HMVC) is a group of 60 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 joined us in October 2014 is only our tenth conductor since our formation in 1923. Our two young and talented piano accompanists, Ruth Webb and Rachel Fright 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.
Principal Accompanist, Ruth Webb has been playing the piano since she was five years old. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a First Class Honours Degree, which she followed with a postgraduate diploma, awarded with distinction. She has, over the years, achieved major success in music festivals and competitions both in her own right and as a duettist.During the working day, she is a tutor and accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Salford University. She also teaches piano at a school in Manchester and is the rehearsal pianist for the Bolton Choral Union. In her spare time(!) she plays baritone in a brass band. Ruth has been with the choir for ten years, adding greatly to the quality of performance.
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.