Tideswell Male Voice Choir stages tribute to Les Mis

‘An amazing night’, ‘Brilliant and powerful’, ‘heart-hitting’ scream the reviews of Tideswell Male Voice Choir’s performance of Les Misérables.

It is another triumph for the Peak District choir and fans are eagerly awaiting their chance to see the show at Buxton Opera House this month.

If you haven’t got a ticket yet then book it today because they will almost certainly sell out soon.

Their passionate tribute to the smash-hit West End musical will include hits such as On My Own, One Day More, I Dreamed A Dream, Do You Hear The People Sing?, and of course Bring Him Home.

The songs will be performed by the 50-strong choir and an array of brilliant soloists conducted by the choir’s principal conductor and director of music Dennis Kay.

Originally founded in the early 1950s, the choir members at that time were mainly drawn from Tideswell.

Today men travel from all parts of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester to be a part of the group.

Now numbering more than 60 members, the choir continues to grow in stature and popularity – three of the newest members are all in their 30s and came along after hearing the choir in performance.

They also have quite a reputation for being fun as you can see from the picture. Their website states, rather tongue in cheek, ‘Only Men Allowed – come and find your voice’ which was part of the publicity to attract new members earlier in the year.

Buxton poet Philip Holland, who joined the choir less than two years ago and is now their patrons’ officer, said: “I find the choir is a like a family; when you’re new, you are heartily welcomed, and even if you don’t know all their names, because you’re a ‘new boy’, they all know yours.

“You soon become that ‘regular’ who comes to choir because it’s challenging, it’s interesting, it’s educational and it’s fun, . . .well, most of the time!”

In recent years giant strides have been taken in making the choir’s voice heard far and wide to increasingly diverse audiences, both geographically and demographically.

Not only have the men developed their high standard of singing but also their professionalism in terms of performance and over the years the choir has enjoyed much success in competition, both in the UK and abroad.

“You learn to appreciate music on a slightly different level; singing is good for your emotions, your health, your own enjoyment, and hopefully those who come to our concerts,” added Philip.

“There is teamwork and a sense of achievement which, through our efforts and our charitable status, helps us to financially benefit and give support to others less fortunate than we.

“To sum it up in a slightly altered line of a song: We’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”

Les Misérables can be seen at Buxton Opera House on October 22 at 7.30pm. If you can’t get a ticket for Buxton they will be performing the show again at Bramhall United Reformed Church, Bramhall, Stockport,  on November 12.

For ticket details go to http://www.tideswellmvc.co.uk

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