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 of whom also specialised in Piano Accompaniment and
are soloists in their own right.
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 is one of the oldest choirs in North West England having
been formed in 1923 in the former coal mining village of Haydock. This extended village
is located roughly equidistant between St Helens, Wigan and Warrington. The choir
now draws its membership from a wide area, with many members making a round trip
of 50 miles to attend rehearsals and concerts.
We rehearse twice a week and perform concerts in a variety of venues. Our concert
programmes are selected from between 50 & 60 pieces which have been learned by the
choir and are sung from memory.
Performing concerts is one of our pleasures and a reward for the considerable effort
we put in at rehearsals to get everything right. Please contact Secretary Alan Gaskell
with your details so that he can check our availability.