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The choir outside the Royal Albert Hall
At the Royal Albert Hall

Each new member is made very welcome.

As you will probably have seen on other pages, we are a sociable bunch with a mix of vocal abilities. We sing for fun and the super benefit is the money we raise for charity. We are always looking to expand our membership and look forward to meeting new friends to sing together and occasionally raise a glass. so do come and join the choir.

You CAN sing!

Many people, when asked about joining a choir will usually reply “Oh I’d love to but I can’t sing”. The thing is, this just isn’t true. Everyone can sing.

It’s not really that different from speaking. We all have a different voice and at Cirencester Male Voice Choir we aren’t looking for professional tenors or baritones who have performed at the Royal Opera House. (Not that we’d say no to them!)

If you don’t know whether you are a tenor baritone or bass, we will find out. We have a talented Music Team who have long experience in teaching and trained to help singers of all levels, whether you have performed publicly or just bellowed in the bath.

Cirencester MVC is all about gathering men together to enjoy singing. And nowhere is this more apparent than in our rehearsals. Monday night choir practice is intended to balance learning songs for our performances with having fun and enjoying being part of the choir together. Usually we start with 5 minutes or so of light hearted warmups and then we turn to the pieces we are going to learn.

When you first start out you might be worried whether you are singing too softly, or off key. You’ll soon discover that everyone else is so focussed on their own singing they won’t even notice you!

Rehearsing together

For our rehearsals everyone is given a copy of the music. But that doesn’t mean we expect you to be able to read music or understand musical notation. Far from it. All our songs are taught by ear, line by line where necessary, so no one needs to be worried about whether they can read music. So long as you can read the words, you will be just fine.

Additionally we have practise recordings of all the songs for all of the tenor and bass parts, so you can listen in and practise at home. The end result is a sense of pride and engagement and performances that are widely appreciated. Even at the heights of the Royal Albert Hall where we were fortunate to join other choirs to sing with the London Welsh Male Voice Choir.

Rehearsals start at 7.30pm and usually finish around 9pm. Usually at least once a month there is an opportunity to go to a nearby pub to do more singing in a more relaxed atmosphere with a beer in one hand.

Please drop a line to our Secretary, Ian Hunter, and we’ll be right back to you. Come and join the choir!

Thank you!