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.