It’s our 100th Birthday!

The Rossendale Male Voice Choir was formed in March 1924, with ordinary chaps from the mills singing under the guidance of founder conductor Fred Tomlinson from Rawtenstall.

Those ordinary chaps went on to bring many competition victories home to the valley, including an unprecedented four wins at the International Eisteddfod at Llangollen. We sing locally and nationally, at venues from pubs to The Bridgewater.

In our 2024 centenary celebration shows we’ll share an amazing 100 years worth of stories and successes. We’ll be treating you to an audio visual spectacular, with video and audio clips stretching back into our history, taking you on the same journey through time that the choir has experienced. The men of todays choir will perform an exciting soundtrack to accompany this visual feast, with a range of wonderful pieces selected from the choirs historic repertoire.

The show dates are…

Saturday June 15th 7.30pm, St James’s Church Haslingden, with school choirs from St. James Haslingden, St. Mary’s Haslingden,  and St. John’s Baxenden.

Saturday June 29th 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church Rawtenstall, with school choirs from St. Peter’s Newchurch, Holy Trinity Stacksteads, St. Veronica’s Helmshore.

Saturday September 28th 7.30pm, Bacup Royal Court Theatre, with the world famous tenor Seán Ruane.

Please contact our secretary for more information.

Choir Video Premiere

For several months now a tallented local videographer, Pat Duggan, has been stalking us!

He’s been there with us in pubs, at concerts, in our rehearsals and even in our homes! And he’s always had a couple of cameras and some sound equipment with him, capturing the essence of the choir, it’s history, character and the joy, fun and friendship of being part of it.

As we start the final preparations for our Centenary in 2024, this a great insight into what the Rossendale Male Voice Choir is all about.

Enjoy!

In April 2022 we had our third visit to the fantastic Cornwall International Male Choral Festival, performing with top-class choirs from the UK and around the world.

We were honoured to have been asked to sing at the opening Gala Concert in Truro Cathedral, and here are a few videos from the live stream of our performances that night.

Anthem From Chess

Seal Lullaby

Drunken Sailor

Sing Your Way Home

Seize the Day

Can I say how much I enjoyed the whole concert

Neil

We had the absolute pleasure of seeing you guys in concert last night…you blew us away!

Jenni

How amazing it is to be part of this choir! What a wonderful sound gentlemen!

Steve

You guys look like a wonderful group of friends, making great music and having a blast!

Some random bloke in TESCO

The Valley of Song

…is how the Rossendale Valley in south east Lancashire is often described and it’s the home of The Rossendale Male Voice Choir.

Founded in 1924, by the late Fred Tomlinson MBE, who took a group of local singers and moulded them into one of the country’s finest male voice choirs. Winning many competitions and festivals, including the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen. Sharing a love of singing and music-making not only drives us to do our very best in the concert hall or in competition, but also generates strong personal friendships between members.

As you’ll have gathered, we’re nearly 100 years old!

If you want to be part of that very exciting milestone, please get in touch. Whether it’s for a concert which will have an extra special atmosphere, sponsorship, media interest (including radio & TV), or to be a member of the choir through that important anniversary, drop us a line.

Our Musical Team

Matthew Thomas

Musical Director

Joining the Rossendale Male Voice Choir as Musical Director in 2015, Matthew has injected a new impetus into the choir and won the award for top conductor at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival in 2017

Liz Baker

Accompanist

Liz has been accompanying singers since she joined the junior section of Manchester Mecca Bands as a teenager. After thirty years of sharing her love and enthusiasm for music with her piano and vocal students, Liz brings her versatile talents and dynamic performance energy to the Choir

Charles Crowley

Assistant Conductor

Charles joined the choir in 1987, singing with the First Tenors ever since. He is also the lead conductor of the Rossendale Festival Choir which is a mixed choir formed from members of the RMVC and the Rossendale Ladies Choir.

CONTACTS

Secretary: Peter Beetham, peterbeetham@hotmail.com

REHEARSALS

Every Monday at 7.30pm

St Peters Church, St. Peters Avenue, Haslingden, Rossendale BB4 6NZ