The first evidence of a Male Voice Choir in Newquay dates from the post war years when a group of men got together and formed a choir in 1947. This choir disbanded in 1956, but was eventually reformed as Newquay Male Voice Choir with the first practice held on 20th November 1974. Mr. Morley Trethewey was appointed as Musical Director at this time and as well as conducting, he was one of the principal soloists, having a very rich bass voice.
In 1982, after some 8 years at the helm, Morley Trethewey resigned and Roy Magor was appointed to replace him. In 1987, Alan Taylor took up the baton as Musical Director and it is interesting to note that in the first 25 years of the choir’s existence, it had just 3 Musical Directors and one principal accompanist, Mr Donald Hosking, who supported the choir throughout this period.
“Musical Director introduces new and varied musical programme.”
In 1999, Judith Mumby arrived to support Donald Hosking as accompanist and in 2001 Janet Harling also joined the choir to offer her support as accompanist. In the summer of 2003, Alan Taylor stood down as Musical Director (though remains as a keen tenor within the choir) and we were delighted to appoint Judith Mumby (now Judith Pinguey) as MD and Janet Harling as principal accompanist who went on to act as Deputy MD until 2009 when Janet retired. The choir welcomed Chris Bennett to the position of accompanist in 2010 and Chris has also now been given responsibility for conducting some of our music.
Members of Newquay Male Voice Choir, joined by Treviglas Community College Male Chorus and Trenance Learning Academy Boys Choir at Newlyn East Preaching Pit.
Cornish tradition of Male Voice Choir singing can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Since 2008, the choir has established a proud record of support for local schools. Choristers regularly encourage, rehearse with, and sing with, local primary and secondary school male choirs. The focus for all this activity is the encouragement of boys to participate in and enjoy choral singing, in the hope that the proud Cornish tradition of Male Voice Choir singing can be enjoyed for generations to come. Members have recently appeared on stage with the Treviglas Male Chorus (from Treviglas Community College) and they were definitely a little older than the 5, 6 and 7-year old lads from Trenance Learning Academy Boys Choir when they sang at Truro Cathedral for a ‘Help for Heroes’ concert in March 2011. The Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs has been pleased to support the initiative and recognised the work by awarding the “President’s Plate” to Newquay MVC in 2010. Full details can be found on the CFMVC website.
Young musicians from school choirs and other music groups, including “ Newquay Strings” are often brought in to join Newquay Male Voice choristers in concert.
Newquay Male Voice Choir has helped to raise many thousands of pounds for charities both in Cornwall and other parts of the U.K. including especially Wales, Northern England and the Isle of Wight! International visits have also supported charities in France and Austria.