Bookings and Enquiries : 01744 734176

Competition Winners

On previous trips to the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs competition in October 2007 and 2013 we were awarded first place on both occasions, to the delight of all (or most) concerned. On a return visit in 2017 we were runners up achieving a very creditable 352 points, a very enjoyable weekend for all concerned and an excellent result. The total party was made up of about 90 singers and wives/partners together with our three professional musicians.

Competition Results since 1951

picSince the mid 1970s, touring has become a regular and pleasurable feature of choir life – in fact a real perk for all members and their wives, as a subsidy has been offered from time to time from choir funds. We have travelled widely in England, Wales and Scotland and to many countries abroad. We have visited Germany nine times and developed friendships in California and Chicago as a result of three trips. In 2003, one of our members David Dunbavin with wife, Gael, emigrated to the south of France. He was able to arrange a week-long tour for a party of 45 singers and 40 wives. We sang at four concerts but had plenty of free time for sightseeing and enjoying the wonderful weather.

May 2007, saw us enjoying a long weekend in the Isle of Man participating in the Island Music Festival where we were happy to be awarded the Ainsworth Cup for winning the Male Voice Competition. We also stayed at the magnificent Sefton Hotel, right on the sea-front in Douglas which probably ranks as the most luxurious hotel we have ever stayed while away with the choir

In September 2008, we travelled to Plymouth for a weekend to take part in a joint concert with the Laira Youth Band which was founded and is still run by Tony Hollick – our Principal Accompanist, Ruth’s father. Interestingly, Ruth’s two brothers, two sisters (and brother-in-law) are members of the Band together with their mother. We gathered on the Sunday at Plymouth Barbican in glorious sunshine to sing to several hundred people who were there enjoying the sun as can be seen in the photograph above.

Two years later we again travelled to the South-West again to spend a weekend, this time based in Torquay and driving over to Plymouth to share the platform with the Laira Band.

In September 2012, we spent a week in Tenby, West Wales taking part in the Annual Tenby Music Festival. We were ansolutely delighted that our concert performance resulted in a standing ovation – a fantastic accolade in this Land of Song.

Year Competition Place
1951 Ashton in Makerfield Festival 1st Male Voice
1961 Newton-le-Willows Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1962 Alderley Edge Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1965 Lancashire Education Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1965 Alderley Edge Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1966 Chester Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1966 Maclesfield Music Festival 1st Male Voice; 1st All Choirs
1967 Fleetwood Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1968 Chester Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1969 Chester Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1969 Morecambe Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1969 Freckleton Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1971 Ashton in Makerfield Festival 1st Male Voice; 1st All Choirs
1971 South Cheshire Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1971 Colne Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1972 Freckleton Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1973 Freckleton Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1974 Freckleton Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1974 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 4th Male Voice
1979 Freckleton Music Festival 1st Male Voice; 1st All Choirs
1976 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 8th Male Voice
1980 Freckleton Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1982 Freckleton Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1983 Blackpool Music Festival 1st Male Voice
1983 Freckleton Music Festival 2nd Male Voice
1984 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 11th Male Voice
1984 Radio Wales Male Choir of the Year Semi-Final Round
1984 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 8th Male Voice
1985 Northern Male Voice Championship 2nd Male Voice
1986 Northern Male Voice Championship 1st Male Voice
1987 Northern Male Voice Championship 1st Male Voice
1988 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 9th Male Voice
1988 Northern Male Voice Championship 2nd Male Voice
1989 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 7th Male Voice
1990 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 8th Male Voice
1989 Northern Male Voice Championship 1st Male Voice
1990 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 8th Male Voice
1991 Northern Male Voice Championship 6th Male Voice
1992 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 5th Male Voice
1992 National Male Voice Championship 3rd Male Voice
1993 National Male Voice Championship 2nd Male Voice
1994 National Male Voice Championship 2nd Male Voice
1997 National Male Voice Championship 4th Male Voice
1998 National Male Voice Championship 4th Male Voice
2000 National Male Voice Championship 1st Male Voice; 4th All Choirs
2001 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 4th Male Voice
2002 Lllangollen International Eisteddfod 4th Male Voice
2003 Cornwall Male Voice Choir Championship 4th Male Voice
2005 Cornwall Male Voice Choir Championship 4th Male Voice
2007 Isle of Man Music Festival 1st Male Voice
2008 “Golden Nightingale” Championship 4th Male Voice
2013 Isle of Man Music Festival 1st Male Voice
2017 Royal Northern College of Music, “Open Competition” 5th Overall,- 2nd Male choir
2017 Isle of Man Festival of Choirs, 2nd Male Voice