Seal Lullaby

Our next Virtual Choir project, and we’d like YOU to join in!

It’s been one of our favourite pieces for a few years now, but following our recent Maestro Series talk with Eric Whitacre – the composer – we felt we ought to make it our next Virtual Choir project.

It may very well be our last, so we thought it would be a great idea to open the project up to other TTBB singers. Let’s have a few hundred voices singing this beautifully gentle and moving piece!

Click here to visit the project page, find out more about it, and how to register.

We’d love to have you on board!

Join Us

even during the pandemic lockdown!

Whether you’re nearby to us in Rossendale, somewhere else in the UK, or anywhere on the planet – you’re welcome! Contact our secretary or 07808 733892.

We’ve been busy during lockdown, very busy! We’ve learned some new skills and have worked hard to keep our choir community active, challenged and ‘on song’.

Like many choirs we have our regular Zoom rehearsals to maintain and develop our repertoire, but we’re doing so much more:

  • Several Virtual Choir productions, including a 45 minute Christmas concert.
  • Hosting entertaining and informative interviews with important figures in music, like Christopher Tin and Sean Ruane, as part of our ‘Maestro series’.
  • Daily Zoom warm-up singing sessions to maintain our vocal health.

There’s more in the pipeline!

So whether you want to join us for the long term , or if you just want to be part of our virtual choir for the next few months, drop us a line!

And don’t forget, our Centenary year is coming up soon – this is a great time to get involved!

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

Michael J Farnworth


Steeped in the 90 year history of the choir, he is the great nephew of the founder conductor, Fred Tomlinson. Michael made his debut as the Choir’s accompanist in 1969 at the Massed Bands Concert at Belle Vue in Manchester.

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.


Secretary: Peter Beetham, 07808 733892,

Treasurer: Paul Heaton, 07952 615608,


Every Monday at 7.30pm

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