The Male Voice Choir
A male voice choir is a choir consisting of men who sing with either a tenor or bass voice, and whose voices are arranged into higher and lower tenors (1st and 2nd tenor), and higher and lower basses (baritone and bass). An arrangement of a piece of music for male voice choir will be written in 4 parts and will require each of the 4 voice ranges singing their own “part”. A person new to choral singing will need to train themselves so that they only sing their own part. This can be difficult at first when a singer can hear other voices around him but a new chorister will learn the skill with practice.
The essence of all choirs is the blending of voices together so that the harmony of the notes provides a richness and depth to the music. It is the quality of the male voices mixing in this way which is so attractive to the audience.
Many people will associate men’s choral singing with Wales, which has a long tradition of choral music which has roots in the chapel, the coalmine and the rugby club but male voice choir singing is also very popular in many European countries ( Germany, for example, which has its own historic ways of singing based on traditional values). The Commonwealth and the United States are home to many male voice choirs.
To enable the Choir to function correctly the four different voices are divided into sections. In our choir we have four “section leaders” who each have a responsibility to ensure that his section operates effectively and that new choristers are given proper support.
Mansfield & District MVC List of Choristers
1st Tenors: Dave Gee
2nd Tenors: Vernon Smith
Baritones: Al Roberts
Bass: Phil Robinson