Haydock Male Voice Choir (HMVC) is a group of about 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. 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 12 month period, as we will have learned between 12 and 15 new pieces in that time.
We are operating just now without a permanent conductor but are pleased that Paul Mather, one of our bass singers and a former conductor will act as caretaker until a permanent replacement is found. He is supported by our two outstanding pianists - Ruth Webb and Jenny Durbin.
We were delighted that our former conductor, Gary Hill who retired in 2005, after 12 years as conductor, stepped in as conductor for our first concert of 2014 at Holy Cross Church, St Helens - a new concert venue for us. He has also agreed to conduct us at our next concert in Rainford Parish Church.
At the top of this page, we feature two local coats-of–arms which are important to our history and to our present life. On the left is the insignia of the former, “Haydock Council “and on the right, that of the current St Helens Council which is very supportive of our activities and has provided generous funding for the purchase of music over the years.
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We are able to fund most of our activities from our own resources, but we have been supported by local organisations who have gifted us funds. We wish to acknowledge the generous support given by organisations such as the Coalfield Re-Generation Fund; the National Lottery; Rainford Trust; Merseyside Community Foundation; Harry & Mavis Pilkington Trust as well as St Helens Council.