The Forest of Dean Male Voice Choir was formed in 1984 with 18 choristers, Membership has now risen to 31 and under the leadership of Musical Director, Tracey Gwynne, and Pianist, Hayley Marangon, the Choir has gone from strength to strength. In the past year alone, it has welcomed three new members into its complement.
The Choir is a member of the National Association of Choirs.
The Choir frequently performs at concerts in aid of charities. The members very willingly use their hobby, in the form of their love of music and singing, to help others in need. Recently, beneficiaries have included the British Legion, the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Cancer Research and Help for Heroes. Other, maybe less well known, good causes have also benefited from the Choir’s performances. For example, one concert during the Choir’s recent tour of Torbay raised financial help towards repairs and maintenance to the roof of St Andrews Church in Paignton. The proceeds of another, rather special and emotive concert, helped towards a brave young lady equipping herself for a very much changed life, following a seriously bad fall from her horse.
As well as concerts, the Choir sings at weddings, funerals and regularly entertains coach tourists at a local hotel.
The members of the Choir enjoy a strong friendship and camaraderie, particularly at their practice sessions, which take place twice a week.