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Klara Sudbury

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Hon. President:
Brian Blessed
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Cotswold Male Voice Choir Cheltenham Gloucestershire

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Director of Music: Charmaine Worrall  ~  Registered Charity No. 1086232  ~  Est. 1949


The History of The Cotswold Male Voice Choir 1949 onwards
in reverse chronological order ...
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1976

1976 - male voice choir - ITV Studios - Bristol

HTV Television - “The Best in the West”

In 1976, the Choir competed in the HTV television mixed talent show, ‘Best In The West' in Bristol.  In an inter-county contest, Gloucestershire was represented by the Smiths Industries team of performers.  Nearly 50 choir members progressed through the competition heats and sang in the finals, winning first prize.  The winner's trophy was accompanied by a cheque for £100 to be donated to charity.

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1963

1963 - male voice choir Rehearsal

Rehearsal led by the Choir’s founder, Dave Williams

Informal, spontaneous singing was ever a characteristic of the Choir.  Concert engagements didn't end on stage.  Afterwards, in nearby hotels or inns, relaxed, lubricated singers performed an 'après-concert', the 'secondary performance' or, the more popularly known 'afterglow'.

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1960

1960 - male voice choir Eisteddfod Winners


Eisteddfod Winners

Having had great success over the years, the Choir was to withdraw from competition singing in the late 1970s.  As the demand for the Choir grew, more time was required for concert rehearsals.

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1958

1958 - male voice choir: Battle of Britain Week

The R.A.F. Association’s ‘Battle of Britain’ Week Programme

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1953

1953 - male voice choir Programme - Coronation Concert

Coronation Concert Programme

Note the programme price of 6d.

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1950

1950 - male voice choir EP Spindle Label

The Choir’s First Recording


The spindle label from the Choir’s EP release in 1950.  What would they have thought of today’s digital downloads and MP3 players?

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1949

1950s - Smiths Male Voice Choir

The founding of the S. Smiths & Sons (England) Ltd. Male Voice Choir

Eventually, spontaneous discussions culminated in a formal general meeting held in the works canteen of
S. Smith and Sons (England) Ltd. at the Bishop's Cleeve site on 11th May, 1949 at 5.30pm.  The agenda specified "for the purpose of forming a male voice choir", 18 persons attended.

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