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Singing from the Heart of the Black Country
Singing from the Heart of the Black Country
The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir is based in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, England. We have a wide and varied musical repertoire incorporating many traditional Male Voice compositions, Grand Opera, Light Opera, Religious and Semi-Religious items, Spirituals, Songs From The Shows, Folk Songs, Modern Pop songs plus some downright comical and frivolous pieces
The 70-strong choir performs in up to 16 concerts and events every year at venues including local church halls, community centres and in four major concerts at our "home base" - Dudley Town Hall. Whilst entertaining our audiences, we raise funds for local, national and international charities. Our annual Christmas Charity Concerts alone have raised many thousands of pounds for local charities
In the recent past, the choir has undertaken concert tours in the German Mosel region; Normandy, France, Portugal's Algarve and has also visited Bremen in Germany to represent the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley at its twin northern German town. Most recently, the choir visited The Netherlands.
"The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir" was formed in May 1957 by a group of nine men from the Wall Heath area of Kingswinford, Dudley. Almost sixty years later, the choir is justifiably proud of its achievements, having sung in many unusual venues including the top of Ben Nevis (the highest mountain in the British Isles), in Kent's Cavern, (Devon, England), on a train in the Channel Tunnel, on top of the English Channel on a P&O Ferry, and on The Birmingham Wheel. More traditional concert appearances have been made at The Royal Albert Hall, London; The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham; the former home of Welsh rugby, Cardiff Arms Park, Birmingham Symphony Hall, and Birmingham International Convention Centre in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of the opening of the World Olympic Committee Meeting; The choir and has a strong and continuing relationship with many other English and Welsh Male Voice Choirs, and is a member of the National Association of Choirs. Since 1984 associations with choirs from other countries have been formed, firstly by hosting the "Peninsular Women's Chorus" from Palo Alto, California, USA on their visit to England; the "Worcester Chorus" from Worcester, Massachusetts, USA; and the "Bremer Singkries" from Bremen, Germany. In turn, we have visited Massachusetts, USA, forging links with the many towns in Massachusetts which carry the names of towns and cities in the Midlands area of England - particularly Worcester and Sturbridge, MA, both of which have historical associations with Worcester and Stourbridge in England.
In recent years, the choir has greatly benefited from the hard work and dedication of a very talented Music Team, which, since March 2008 was lead by Musical Director, Mike Wells. Mike decided to retire from conducting at the end of 2015, and he has now been replaced by our new Musical Director, Margaret Jones. Margaret is supported by a music team consisting of Assistant Musical Director John Walley, Accompanist Neil Bolton and Assistant Accompanist Phil James. A strong team effort has improved the choir's existing repertoire, and has significantly expanded the range of styles of music, giving the opportunity to adapt performances to suit the occasion.
Whether it’s Grand Opera or Classic Pop, Traditional Hymns or Songs From the Shows we enjoy what we do - and we strive to do it well
Founded in the Black Country, we are proud to represent the area, and to be ambassadors for the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley
One of our missions is to bring the pleasure of music to others, and we regularly encourage local school choirs to sing with us in our concerts
We regularly contribute £10,000 or more each year to local and national charities
We are always keen to welcome new members, and we are particularly looking for Tenors
Rehearsals are held every Monday evening at 7.30pm at Stream Road Methodist Church, Kingswinford (except Bank Holiday weeks, when the rehearsal is held on the following Wednesday). Any gentleman (young or old) who would like to come to listen, and perhaps eventually to join us, will be made most welcome