Two 2nd tenors – 1st class

The effects of the Covid lockdowns resulted in many choirs, clubs and institutions experiencing reduced membership but more recently we are starting see membership increasing again and our choir is delighted to welcome two new members to our fold. After voice tests and a few weeks of familiarisation and support these two chaps have settled well into our 2nd Tenor section and both are enjoying the experience as their testaments portray. Ian Grice, Musical Director, is photographed welcoming them both into the choir.

Martyn Hopkinson
I joined the MMVC 6 months ago (summer 2022) and enjoy the singing and camaraderie with all the guys not forgetting our pianist Margaret who is very talented and approachable. Although I have only participated in 2 concerts so far I can honestly say I have enjoyed taking part and singing 2nd tenor.

I was a choir boy in my youth at St Lawrence’s Church, Mansfield, so I love singing and being part of a group. During the last 2 years I sang in Mansfield Community Choir and enjoyed singing in a mixed (female and male) choir and in particular singing songs from the musicals. It was also a real pleasure to experience younger people singing and playing their musical instruments.

I can honestly say that after both choir practices and concerts I certainly get a feel-good factor; living proof that being in a choir is good for your mental health and wellbeing.
Everyone at MMVC have been very supportive and encouraging especially considering their many years of male voice choir experience. I thoroughly recommend joining a choir, taking part and especially the visit to the pub by some members to continue the bonhomie.

Philip Donovan
After attending a Mansfield and District Male Voice Choir concert I found myself enthralled by the amazing sound and decided to get myself involved. I nervously turned up for the Choir practice and found a warm welcome, immediate friendship with the gentlemen of the choir and soon felt at ease. I have been blown away by the quality of the singing and by being able to appreciate and contribute to the wonderful music.
I grew up in an impoverished part of Nottingham and many moons ago I sang in the local Church Choir. Now, after joining the choir I’m hoping my parents will be looking down at me in reverence.

3 thoughts on “Two 2nd tenors – 1st class

  1. John Wakeland Reply

    Well done to Martyn and Phillip. The response from these two ‘newbies’ confirms what we do is right. They have settled in as if they have been there years. There progress has been swift with the teaching aids on offer, and will soon be accomplished choristers. A weekend away is already planned for April in Bournemouth, which is the best time to forge new memories.
    The future looks bright.

  2. Ian Grice MD of the choir . Reply

    Brilliant guys you are both proving and showing your worth and that you are most welcome into the fold .Wear the RED with pride guys ,thank you .Ian G

  3. Philip Robinson Reply

    Its great to see that both newcomers are willing and able to meet the high standards to which we are now singing.
    Thanks both.

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