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The History of CMVC

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Founded in 1926, Castleford Male Voice Choir was formed by male choristers from several church choirs within the town. 

The Choir has previously sung in many prestigious venues including Leeds Town Hall, Wakefield and Ripon Cathedrals, York Minster, Selby Abbey, the Royal Albert Hall and Sheffield Arena. It has also appeared on BBC TV on “The One Show” and, most recently, on BBC Radio Leeds in December 2017 at the Ridings in Wakefield. Additionally, it has performed abroad in Germany, Holland, Latvia, Malta. In 2024, it will be in Vienna, Austria where it will perform several concerts.

The repertoire of music is eclectic and includes Sacred Music, Spirituals, songs from Musicals, Opera, Folk and Pop.

The choir is blessed by having Andris Ugulis as its conductor since 2015 and Claire Burden as its accompanist since 2002.

Under Andris, the choir has been able to present concerts to a consistently high standard and strives to maintain and improve upon its current high quality of performance.

The choir currently numbers around 30. It always seeks to make new members welcome and in 2024 is running a recruitment campaign which it hopes will result in increased membership by the end of the year.

For many years, the Choir has raised money for various charities. It has raised money for Children in Need (travelling up and down the Motorways to perform in various locations). In recent years, it has helped to raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Prince of Wales Hospice, Alzheimer’s Society and in 2024 its nominated charity is Prostate Cancer UK (more information is available on other pages of this website).

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