Member of the National Federation of Music Societies
President: Malcolm Singer M.A. (Cantab.)
Director of Music, The Yehudi
Director of Music: Christine Best
B.A. Cert. Ed. ACertCM
Voice Choir outside Peterborough Cathedral
where they sang on route to a joint concert
Sheffield's Worrall Male Voice Choir
| We are a choir of amateur
singers who :
- Are based in Weybridge, Surrey, England and come
from all backgrounds, age groups, occupations and
levels of singing experience
- Sing for our own enjoyment , to preserve and
extend the male voice choir tradition and to raise
money for deserving causes
- Are a registered charity in our own right ,
performing twenty concerts or more each year for
local and national charities
- Take pride in the reputation we enjoy and the
standard of performance we have achieved under the
expert guidance of our Musical Director
- Delight in sharing our love of singing with
local, national and international audiences
- Maintain an extensive and varied repertoire from
which we are able to build a concert programme to
suit all musical tastes
- Have undertaken many concert tours nationally
and abroad, and participate in festivals and
- Enjoy the unique fellowship and camaraderie of
joint performances and events with other choirs
- Gladly welcome new members without formal
audition - the only requirement is a desire to sing!
|Weybridge Male Voice Choir is about 60 strong and
performs at around 20 concerts each year, raising funds
for national and local charities, such as the Sam Beare
ward in Weybridge for which the choir help raise over
£5,000 earlier this year in a joint concert with the
Treble Clef ladies Choir.
|A recent engagement was at Brooklands Museum where
they performed for the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor
Victor Eldridge, at his charity dinner. They have
released their latest CD which will be on sale from 19
March. For more information about this, see their
website - details at bottom of this page.
How It All Started
In 1921 a small group of choristers from the
United Reformed Church in Weybridge decided to get together on a
regular basis to sing. Very soon they were giving public
performances in support of local charities and community
projects, and so was born the Weybridge Male Voice Choir. From
those humble beginnings the choir has grown to its present
strength of over seventy members and enjoys a national and
"Big trees from little acorns grow" seems to be
a fair description of the birth and development of the Weybridge
Male Voice Choir, for such was the success of a scratch male
quartet at a concert in the Congregational Church Lecture Hall
in Queen's Road, Weybridge in 1921 that recruitment was started
to form a choir.
An inaugural meeting over a cup of tea resulted
in the formation of the choir under the leadership of its first
conductor, Mr Charles Edwards, and it soon started accepting
local concert engagements. Recognition of the choir swiftly
spread throughout North West Surrey and demand for concerts in
support of worthy causes increased each year. Choir membership
grew too, reaching nearly sixty by 1925.
Like any amateur organisation the choir has had its 'downs' as
well as 'ups'. After the burgeoning success of the first years
the choir hit hard times in the early thirties, with falling
membership resulting in an unbalanced choir. With hard work and
enthusiasm, however, this trend was soon reversed and the choir
re-structured to continue its growth, entering the local
competitive arena in 1933 at the Kingston Music Festival.
Participation in festivals has continued ever
since with some notable successes. The Second World War
interrupted activities, but at a special general meeting in 1946
the choir was reunited once more to resume where it had left
During the twenty seven years under the Musical Directorship of
Bob Farrow, from 1950 until his death in 1977, the quality,
success and reputation of the choir blossomed, and continued
under the subsequent leadership of Malcolm Singer (now Musical
Director of the Yehudi Menuhin School at Stoke d'Abernon) and
then Thomas Hartman.
Under Tom's baton the choir celebrated its
Diamond Jubilee in 1981 with a series of special concerts,
culminating in a performance of Cherubini's Requiem in D Minor
for male voice choir and orchestra.
With Tom's departure after two enjoyable years
it was not possible to find a full-time Musical Director to
replace him immediately, and the choir entered another difficult
period with membership starting to fall.
The trend was soon reversed, however, with
the appointment in 1985 of our present MD, Christine Best, who
had already been involved with the choir for many years as
Voice Choir in Cathedral Concert, Liverpool
The last decade has seen another 'golden age' in
the choir. As well as its usual programme of twenty or so
concerts each year in support of charities and community
projects the choir has;
Toured abroad in Holland, Germany, France
and the Czech Republic
Participated in World Choir events in
Cardiff Arms Park, Atlanta and Dublin
Competed with success in many festivals
Performed in many Cathedrals and other
prestige venues (Lichfield, York, Peterborough, Wells, Ely, London
Participated in the VE Day anniversary
celebrations in Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace.
Weybridge has been an enthusiastic participant
in the regular Six Choirs Festivals involving male choirs across
the country, and has hosted the event on two occasions. The
choir is always pleased to join with other choirs and in recent
years has been pleased to welcome to its Annual Concert in
Weybridge choirs from Chicago, Germany, Prague, Vancouver, Tonna
and Port Talbot.
In 1996 the choir celebrated its 75th Anniversary by
participating in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
and staging a special Anniversary Concert at the Purcell Room,
Royal Festival Hall, London.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and devotion of its Musical Directors
and other officers the choir has gone from strength to strength,
becoming an integral part of the artistic and social life of
Weybridge and surrounding areas as well as expanding its
reputation nationally and abroad. We are resolved to continue
and build on these strengths into the 21st century!
Choir Events in
Sat 28th January 2012 Concert For The Elderly & Disabled
Free Concert at Chertsey Hall
Sat 4th February 2012 at St Peter's Church Hersham
in aid of the
Mayor Of Elmbridge Charities,
including the Sam Beare
Sat 31st March 2011 - Spring Concert
Joint Concert with Treble Clef Ladies Choir and "A Touch Of
in aid of the The Patience Baden-Powell Centre
Walton Firs Activity Centre, Cobham.
Christine Best Musical Director
The Weybridge Male Voice Choir is very fortunate to have
Christine Best as its musical Director. Through her musical
ability and dedication, she has led the choir through many fine
performances and competition successes.
Christine is also musical director of the
Treble Clef Ladies
Choir and both choirs have performed together in combined
concerts. In addition she directs the
St James' Church Choir in
Weybridge where she is also organist. The church choir has a
very fine reputation and has been invited to sing in Westminster
Abbey on several occasions. Christine also directs the
Singers, a mixed Choir, and organises instrumental groups for
She is Governor of
St James' Church of England Primary School
in Weybridge, where she assists with training of the choir and
teaches recorder and other instrumental groups.
Wood - Accompanist
Mike Wood's enjoyment of music and musical
performance has endured from his early teens when he learnt the
flute. He played in many orchestras and also found the
opportunity to teach himself to play the organ. He was appointed
church organist when he was 16.
Mike joined WMVC as a chorister, but after a brief spell became
the choir's accompanist - a role he has filled for the past 10
He describes himself as an amateur musician who is delighted to
have found a beneficial outlet for his talents.
As well as playing for other choral societies
and groups, he was for some years Organist and Choirmaster at St
Mary's Church, Sunbury and St Nicholas' Church in Shepperton.
Want To Join
|Want To Join Us?
"But I can't sing..."
This is the reply which often comes back when someone is
invited to join the choir. Christine, our Musical
Director, has a ready answer.
"Most of us can sing, but many don't realise it!"
And it's true! Singing and making music is as
instinctive to us humans as breathing, eating and
drinking! It helps if you can hold a tune in your head,
but beyond that everything else can be taught -
something that Christine is very good at as the
performance quality of the choir demonstrates at every
|So if you live within reach of Weybridge
and you'd like to give us a try, just come along to one
of our weekly practice sessions, any Tuesday evening,
8pm at St James'
Parish Centre, Weybridge. Park in the adjoining
Churchfield Road Car Park.
There is no formal audition, only an informal test after
a few weeks. You will be made very welcome and can
decide for yourself whether or not you want to join us.
Of course, we're always happy to welcome experienced
singers too, so if you live or work in the area, please
James' Parish Church
|We have built up an extensive and varied
repertoire of items ranging from traditional male voice
numbers to modern arrangements, and regularly add new
items, many of them suggested by members themselves.
Christine is also prolific in the bespoke arrangements
and original numbers she pens for us!
We perform about twenty or so concerts each year, mostly
in support of local and national charities at home and
abroad as an important element of our choral and social
For more details, contact David Thomson on the number
Above: Weybridge Male Voice Choir Singing
at the Eden Project during the 2009
Cornish Festival of Male Voice Choirs
Bernard Andrews Photography
There are 4 excellent photos on this page of the choir's visit
to Liverpool in July 2005, when they sang in both Cathedrals
If you have any other photos of Weybridge Male Voice Choir,
please send them in (with brief details of the event) to
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