Last standing male voice choir have lots to sing about

Luddenden Music Festival at St Mary's Church and The Lord Nelson pub'Elland Male Voice Choir perform in the church

Luddenden Music Festival at St Mary's Church and The Lord Nelson pub'Elland Male Voice Choir perform in the church

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Calderdale’s only male voice choir is calling out for new members.

The Elland Male Voice Choir already has a strong membership with around 50 singers, but with the Christmas season fast approaching, the choir is looking to strengthen its number.

Derrick McDermott from the choir said that potential members needed no previous experience.

“Any men in the Calder Valley who think the can sing, and indeed those who think they can’t but would like to, can come along and join us,” he said.

“Most of the men in the choir didn’t know they could sing until they joined.”

The choir started life just after the Second World War at Elland Working Men’s Club and were known as Elland WMC Choir.

Derrick said: “They brought much needed cheerful entertainment to the people of Elland and some respite from post war gloom.”

They then moved to Temperance Street Sunday School in 1949, when they became the Elland Male Voice Choir, and moved to the Bethesda Methodist Church in Elland in 1991, where they currently meet to rehearse on Monday evenings.

Following the closure of the Halifax Male Voice Choir in 2006, Elland became the last standing male choir in Calderdale, something Derrick is very proud of.

“Our aim is to provide good quality entertainment and we’re kept busy throughout the year entertaining in various venues, including the Royal Albert Hall in 2009, as well as holding fund raising concerts for churches and charities like the Overgate Hospice in Elland.”

Rehearsals are at the Bethesda Methodist Church between 7.30pm and 9.30pm every Monday.

“Anyone who comes along will be made very welcome,” Derrick added.