CHOIR MEM­BER

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Name: Roy Her­itage. What do you do?: Tenor 1 singer and life-mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Male Voice Choir. How long have you been with the choir for?: I joined the choir in 1988 and was the sec­re­tary for 20 years from 1991, the last three years of which were joint with my eldest son, Paul. What is the best thing about Mac­cles­field?: Its sit­u­a­tion in the county of Cheshire means it has some stun­ning coun­try­side on its doorstep. The main line rail sta­tion gives fast ac­cess to Lon­don or Manch­ester. What is the worst thing about Mac­cles­field?: As far as this choir and other per­form­ing arts groups are con­cerned, it is the lack of a pur­pose-built con­cert hall and fa­cil­i­ties. Where are your favourite places in Mac­cles­field?: As far as con­certs are con­cerned, the Her­itage Cen­tre was the best venue. The au­di­to­rium was ideal with a good stage, grand pi­ano and tiered com­fort­able seat­ing. The other fa­cil­i­ties – toi­lets, assem­bly rooms and cater­ing were good. But when it be­came a cin­ema we were dis­cour­aged from us­ing it as a con­cert venue. Also, the leisure cen­tre is a good com­plex for public fa­cil­i­ties. How long have you been per­form­ing for?: I have been singing on a reg­u­lar ba­sis since join­ing the male voice choir in 1988 – nearly 27 years ago. I had sung with church choirs for spe­cial ser­vices and events pre­vi­ously. Who are your main in­flu­ences?: As sec­re­tary I worked with six dif­fer­ent chair­men over the years. Each of them did the job in their own way, which is good, but all had one thing in com­mon – the good and wel­fare of the choir. The mu­si­cal sec­tion is ably led by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor David Court, as­so­ciate con­duc­tor Mar­cus Wil­liams and ac­com­pa­nist Te­tiana Gon­charuk, to­gether with pres­i­dent Emer­i­tus – John Moss. What has been your most mem­o­rable mo­ment while do­ing this?: In Au­gust 1995 the choir was in­vited to take part in a VJ Day 50th An­niver­sary Me­mo­rial Con­cert or­gan­ised by the Trent and Lyme Val­ley ex-Far East Pris­on­ers of War As­so­ci­a­tion at the Vic­to­ria Hall in Han­ley, to­gether with the Reg­i­men­tal Band of HM Cold­stream Guards. The choir was aug­mented by some mem­bers of Wilm­slow UR Church – as a re­sult some joined the Macc MVC. One of the high­lights for me was our con­duc­tor at the time, Roy Cum­ber­lidge, con­duct­ing both band and choir for some joint items. In 2004 the choir, to­gether with the Lon Dhoo (Isle of Man) Choir, em­barked on a con­cert tour of the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land giv­ing con­certs in four lo­ca­tions. It was an op­por­tu­nity to re­new the friend­ships with those we had met on a joint tour of Canada in 2001. When the choir cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary, one of the spe­cial events was the Spring Con­cert at which the celebrity Aled Jones was the guest artiste. Have you any­thing planned for the fu­ture?: This year is the choir’s 60th an­niver­sary. A Diamond Ju­bilee con­cert is to be held in Oc­to­ber at the Church of St Michael’s and All An­gels in Mac­cles­field. In June next year, a char­ity con­cert of massed male voice choirs is be­ing ar­ranged at Stock­port Town Hall, which will be con­ducted by Al­wyn Humphreys and will fea­ture Nigel Og­den on the Wurl­itzer or­gan.

New mem­bers are al­ways welcome. For more in­for­ma­tion about Mac­cles­field Male Voice Choir, tick­ets or events, please visit www. mac­cles­field­mvc.co.uk or con­tact 01625 432282 or email sec­re­tary@ mac­cles­field­MVC.org.uk.

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