Chesterfield Male Voice Choir has been part of the cultural life of Chesterfield for over 90 years. Formed in October 1922 following a meeting at Chesterfield Market Hall, CMVC started with a few members but within 6 months the membership had risen to over 60. The first Musical Director was Mr Laurie Hartley and the Choir's inaugural concert was performed at Chesterfield Market Hall on March 14th 1923.
Over the years the choir has taken part in numerous music festivals and competitions. It has also sung at several massed choir events at places like Cardiff Arms Park, (on YouTube – type in ‘male voice choir Jacob’s Ladder), at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall in aid of The Royal British Legion and, in 2015, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in aid of Cancer Research UK.
CMVC frequently sings at weddings and funerals, (in return for a donation), and can be booked for private functions. Anyone interested in booking the choir for such an occasion can arrange to come and hear their choice of possible songs being performed at a choir practice session, without obligation, before confirming any provisional booking. The choir also sings at fund-raising events for charities such as Ashgate Hospice.
History of the Choir