Welcome to the Gresley Male Voice Choir Website

Based in Swadlincote, nestled at the southern tip of Derbyshire, England, Gresley takes its name from the Parish of Church Gresley nearby, where the choir was born in 1904. 

The choir has over 50 members and fulfills on average 22 engagements a year performing for a range of societies from small groups, churches to national bodies, and has toured extensively, in the U.K., Ireland, Europe and U.S.A. including a number of choir exchange visits.

Rehearsals are held in the schoolroom at Central Methodist Church Schoolroom, Newhall, Swadlincote, DE11 0TU on Wednesdays 7.30 to 9.00pm. and Fridays 7.30 to 9.15pm. The choir has an extensive repertoire covering classical, operetta, grand opera, music from the shows, popular music, part songs and religious music.

Mission Statement:

“ To share the joy of singing with each other and our audiences in the 
spirit of fellowship, charity and artistic growth”

"Choral singing employs a whole range of skills. It's collaborative, of course: you're part of a whole and you have to listen to the other parts before you pitch in. You have to take direction from the conductor. You must be brave ... you must pitch your note and sing, rather than waiting for someone else to do it first. (As for solos, is there anything more terrifying than being the treble singled out to start Once in Royal David's City in Carols from King's?) You have to be patient. 

Andrew Gant, who directed the choir of the Chapel Royal, describes choral singing as human experience in a little space. "There is no doubt that the skills and techniques learnt in a choir are hugely beneficial in life, far beyond the purely musical aspects", he says. "A choir is a team. Singing requires concentration, especially in the daily routine of a cathedral or similar pattern. Seemingly easy things like standing still and standing up together don't come easily to a nine-year-old: if the world is watching you and will notice if you don't do it, you have to practise:' 

You are, in short, part of a whole. Being in a choir is pretty well the opposite of the Gore Vidal gag: "It is not enough to succeed; others must fail". Choirs that meet regularly, apparently, have a stronger group bonding than any other activity, including sport. As Dickens put it, "all mingle in one pursuit, without regard to station or degree, and with the utmost harmony of feeling''. 

extract Melanie McDonagh

Hi, we’re always on the lookout for new members, so if you’re one of those who is always humming whilst at work, or singing your heart out at the match, or belting out the standards when watching the latest talent show on the TV, then come along and give us a try. 

We’ve had quite a number of new recruits over the last year or so and all of them have said how much they wished they had joined us a long time ago. 

Singing with a choir is ‘on trend’ right now, for very good reasons – keeps you active and healthy; it’s a lot of fun; you meet lots of new folk; and you get to perform some fantastic tunes to really appreciative audiences and raise money for charities at the same time.

If you have an interest in  joining the choir, contact the Choir Registrar on email gmv.choir@gmail.com and come along and visit us and "try us out"!!

The Gresley Male Voice Choir, as a registered charity,  is a proud member of the 

  GMVC is Registered by The Charity Commissioners No. 519870

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Web Site updated 16th November 2017

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