King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir needs you! Or at least needs someone who can act as an assistant accompianist so they keep on singing.
The assistant accompanist, Heather Wyatt, has recently moved away so the choir is in urgent need of a replacement in this role.
Over the last few years choir membership has dropped due to age and failing health of the older members – although some new members have joined this has not replaced all that has been lost and the need is urgent to maintain the full concert performance levels in order that the large traditional repertoire can be expanded.
New arrangements and modern interpretations need to be included – the younger generation need to be attracted – it is not only the choir that is getting older!
With so much competition around with Community Choirs in the surrounding towns such as Hunstanton, the Fakenham Choral Society, the KL Festival Chorus –finding new recruits is incredibly hard – the choir must be kept alive – it is so much of Lynn and must remain so for many years to come. The choir has its own electric piano that can be easily transported to any venue.
Although there are not many original members left in the ranks, the choir has been refreshed with equally enthusiastic singers but new blood is always most welcome to bolster the numbers which currently stand at 25.
The choir is currently under the musical direction of Russell McKie, accompanied by Anne Greeves who is also the assistant musical director and chairman. The one founder member still with the choir is Brian Chase, who is the choir president.
The two main concerts are held in May and December in King’s Lynn Town Hall Assembly Rooms with the Christmas Concert being extremely popular.
The choir was formed in 1957 by the choristers of St Margaret’s Church and St Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn.
Recently the choir has given combined concerts with the Marham Bluebirds, Fincham Choir and the children from St Martha’s Catholic school in Gaywood – you will even find some of them singing heartily in the entrance of Dobbies in December putting some Christmas cheer into the customers. They also provide a Carol Welcome, in Congham Hall Hotel as guests arrive on Christmas Eve.