85 years ago, back in 1934, a small choir was formed to sing at a Men’s Weekend Service at the Poynton Methodist Church. A visitor from Alderley Edge was so impressed that he invited them to sing at his church and the choir was born. It was originally called “Hockley Male Voice Choir “ as the church was then in the Hockley Chapel.
The first conductor was George Braddock who was followed by Ben Smith. In 1952 Stanley Hadfield took over the batten for twenty-eight years. Then from 1980, Tom Smith held the position for a short period before David Mosley was appointed in 1984, with his first concert celebrating the choir’s Golden Jubilee. Our present musical director Eileen Rigg joined us on David’s retirement and we welcomed her along with many new members who sang before with Hazel Grove MVC.
Over the years the choir has raised thousands of pounds in support of many charities and continues to do so. Members experience a friendly fellowship, providing for both their musical interest and socially with the many concerts and activities in a years programme.
Calling All Men- Come Along and Sing
If you are bored by the gym or feeling kicked into touch by football why not try singing in a choir? Of course, joining a choir doesn’t prevent you from keeping up the activities you already enjoy, but it boosts mind and body in a unique way. Cheaper than therapy, healthier than the pub and more joyful than working out with weights, singing does you the power of good.
Poynton Male Voice Choir is a long- established group that attracts members from its host village, as well as Wilmslow, Macclesfield, Cheadle Hulme, Bramhall, Hazel Grove, and other Stockport districts to its Monday night rehearsals at Poynton Methodist Church. There is nothing quite like a choir. “ I love the humanity,” says Sir Paul McCartney “—-to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork It makes me feel optimistic about the human race.”
“It’s certainly a wonderful social and creative activity,” says the Poynton choir chairman Donald Sykes. “Whatever science has to say about the benefits of being part of a choir, we simply enjoy the whole experience: how pieces as diverse as Elvis Presley favourites, songs from popular musicals and male voice classics can be developed for performance.” The choir has appeared at major concert halls, festivals, and has raised thousands of pounds for charity through regular local concerts. “ We’ve also a full social programme and enjoy a pint together”, adds Donald.
David Allaby joined the choir after taking part in a “ big sing” event. “ I found myself next to someone I recognised from Gareth Malone’s workplace choir TV series,” he recalls. “He’d emerged as a soloist in the Cheshire Fire Service Choir. They’d sung at a packed Bridgewater Hall the night before. He reckoned singing had transformed his life”.
Whether you are an experienced singer or you want to try it, Poynton Male Voice Choir wants to hear from you. No auditions are necessary. A series of welcome events is planned, beginning with open rehearsals on Monday September 16th and 23rd at 7.30pm at Poynton Methodist Church – located behind Waitrose and adjacent to Poynton Civic Hall.
To find out more contact Donald Sykes (Choir Chairman) on 0161 456 4266 or Rob Ayerst (Choir Secretary) on 01625 829128.
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