We are led by a music team of three professional musicians. Dr Martin Cook who joined
us earlier in 2014, becomes only our ninth conductor since our formation in 1923.
He is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). In later years, he
completed a Doctorate in Conducting at the University of Nebraska.
Our two young and talented piano accompanists, Ruth Webb and Jenny Durbin are, like
Martin, graduates of RNCM, both having specialised also in Piano Accompaniment.
Performing concerts is one of our pleasures and a reward for the considerable effort
we put in at rehearsals to get everything right.
We do strive to entertain with varied but balanced programmes. Please contact Secretary
Alan Gaskell with your details so that he can check our availability. Our concert
fees are fair and probably more affordable than you might think.
We 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.
Haydock Male Voice Choir (HMVC) is a group of around 60 men who enjoy the challenge
and personal satisfaction of singing together in harmony. This gives us a tremendous
feeling of achievement and well-being. It is also a wonderful discipline for training
We rehearse twice a week and perform concerts in a variety of venues. 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 up to 15 new pieces.