After an amazing 53 years Michael is retiring from the RMVC. He and his wife Anne are moving up to Scotland to be close to their two daughters and grandchildren.
Michael joined the choir in 1968 at the tender age of 16 initially singing with the second Tenors. He very quickly became accompanist having played the piano from 6 years old. He made his debut at the Massed Bands Concert at Belle Vue in 1969. Since then to the present day he has been the choirs full time accompanist giving his services without remuneration.
In addition he has filled many other roles – making sound recordings, stepping in as MD on occasions, archive work and running the choir web site for many years.
He is a perfectionist in all he does and that has benefitted the choir immeasurably over 52 years of exceptional dedication as accompanist. Something that most likely will never be repeated.
He has been accompanist under every MD that has held the role and they will all have paid tribute to his wonderful touch and sensitivity on the piano.
His last performance at rehearsal on Monday 20th December 2021 was a very special occasion and was marked by a presentation to Michael in recognition of his tremendous achievement.
On behalf of all present members of the choir, we will miss him both as accompanist and as a friend.
We wish both Michael and Anne well for their new life in Scotland and of course we will hope to see them whenever they visit the Valley. They will always be most welcome.