Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: John Robin­son, Bass2 singer and chair­man with Macc Male Voice Choir – a 70-strong choir per­form­ing around a dozen con­certs each year, many for char­ity. What is the best thing about Macclesfield? Lo­ca­tion: Sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful coun­try­side and yet easy to get to the cities of Manch­ester and Stoke. What is the worst thing about Macclesfield? Lack of a ma­jor con­cert hall/cinema. Where are you favourite places in Macclesfield? Golf Club, Rugby Club and Bro­ken Cross Methodist Church Hall where the choir re­hearse on a Mon­day night. How long have you been per­form­ing for? Started play­ing the cor­net in Macc Town Sil­ver Band age 12. Later started play­ing the trum­pet with a ‘The Red River Jazz Band’. At 21 I took up rugby, play­ing prop for­ward which meant I reg­u­larly re­ceived a ‘fat lip’ that put a stop to my mu­si­cal ca­reer. Per­suaded to join Macc Male Voice Choir by an old rugby col­league at the age of 64, and was elected chair­man in Jan­uary this year. Who are your main in­flu­ences? David Court, our mu­si­cal direc­tor, Mar­cus Wil­liams his deputy and the late Derek Lewis who was as­signed as my men­tor when I first joined the choir. What has been your most mem­o­rable mo­ment while do­ing this? Singing at the Royal Al­bert Hall with 1,500 other cho­ris­ters for the Can­cer Char­ity Con­cert and singing at the ‘Voices of the Com­mon­wealth Con­cert’ at the Royal Con­cert Hall Glas­gow, where MMVC rep­re­sented Eng­land and sang two pieces be­fore an au­di­ence of 6,000. We brought the au­di­ence to their feet in ap­plause and re­ceived many plau­dits. Do you have any­thing planned for the fu­ture? High­lights to come this year in­clude ac­com­pa­ny­ing Rus­sell Wat­son at Gawsworth Hall and be­ing chair­man of the choir for our 60th Ju­bilee Con­cert which takes place at St Michael’s Church in Oc­to­ber. AS Kate Davies has moved on to pas­tures new, Matt Isaacs will now oc­cupy the Sun­day morn­ing slot.

Matt will be go­ing back in time be­tween 10am and 12noon when Matt’s magic month takes a look at the charts from the 1960s and ‘70s, with the odd cheeky tune from the ‘80s thrown in when you least ex­pect it.

Keep an ear out for Matt’s monthly live and acous­tic pro­gramme which show­cases the vast lo­cal tal­ent.

Tiki Black kicks Sun­day off from 7am with her ‘I write the songs’ show when she fea­tures upand-com­ing artists.

Fol­low­ing Tiki are Patti Cal­laghan and Gill Maguire with the arts show, then Fay Arm­strong comes along with her Sonic Stir Fry show.

Matt then fol­lows with his magic months be­fore Jonathon Cook en­ter­tains you from mid­day with some week­end Rolled Gold. Fol­low­ing Jonathon it’s Harry Atkin­son with two hours of Solid Gold then Brian Moores presents the Ra­dio Club.

Tiki then re­turns at 6pm be­fore Mark Fo­ley presents the cov­ers show. To end the day Harry and Brian re­turn with some more past mem­o­ries.

●● John Robin­son

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