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...the choir at practice (about 10 years ago -- at our previous venue)

... the choir in concert (Truro, 2013)

Highlights of the past 75 years

  • ... AND IN 2018 we are 75 years young -- and HERE's how we are celebrating!

  • 2017 ... was a busy year with 23 engagements (view them all HERE!). The choir gave a lunchtime recital in Peterborough Cathedral (May) - with visitors from as far away as Houston, Texas, and in Exeter Cathedral (Oct).
  • 2016 We began the first of a new series of lunchtime recitals in cathedrals, ELY Cathedral (July). Concerts (view them HERE!) included a joint concert with the ladies of the ALMA SINGERS at Dunton, Beds., and charity concerts in Bournmouth and Milford on Sea, near Lymington (Oct).
  • 2015 Engagements (view them HERE!) included participation in a massed MV concert hosted my Northampton MVC (May) and a joint concert (Dec) with the ladies of CANTATA choir.
  • 2014 Our engagements (view them HERE!) included concerts (Sept) in the Isle of Wight and carols at London Luton Airport.
  • 2013 (Feb) - The choir held a 70th anniversary reunion night for present and past choir members, their wives and supporters. And HERE's all that we did!
  • 2012 (Aug) - Long Service Awards were presented to choir members for 10, 20 and 30 years service. And HERE's all that we did!
  • 2011 - The choir's Patronage scheme started. And HERE's all that we did!
  • 2010 - Ran our first major concert for Help for Heroes charity - St Mary’s Parish Church, Luton
  • 2009 - Sang at the November BBC TV’s Children in Need event at Millbrook Proving Ground, Bedford. And HERE's all that we did!
  • 2009 - Participated in 1,600-voice ‘Festival of Brass and Voices’ at Royal Albert Hall, London for Cancer Research. And HERE's all that we did!
  • 2008 - Publication of second choir History Book 1943-2008 (65 years) by David Sage
  • 2007 - Massive Recruitment Campaign - increase in choir size
  • 2006 - Produced choir’s third CD 2004 - Massed Choirs Charity Concert at St Albans Abbey
  • 2008 - Publication of second choir History Book 1943-2008 (65 years) by David Sage
  • 2007 - Massive Recruitment Campaign - increase in choir size
  • 2006 - Produced choir’s third CD
  • 2004 - Massed Choirs Charity Concert at St Albans Abbey
  • 2003 - Celebrated VMVC's 60th Anniversary
  • 2003 - Featured in the Vauxhall Motors Centenary Events
  • 2001 - Concert visit to Oststeinbek , Germany
  • 2001 - Concert visit to France
  • 2000 - Produced the first VMVC CD
  • 1998 - Featured in the Anglia Television Calendar Christmas Music Series
  • 1997 - Appeared before a full house at the England v. Scotland Rugby Union International at Twickenham
  • 1994 - Concerts visit to the Channel Islands
  • 1987 - Appearance at The Royal Albert Hall
  • 1984 - Featured on Television as part of the late Sir Harry Secombe's Highway Programme
  • 1983 - Publication of first choir History Book 1943-1983 (40 years) by Brian Hopkins
  • 1979 - Won the Rhymney Eisteddfod competition in Wales
  • 1974 - Won the Coulson Memorial Bowl at the Bedford Festival
  • 1959 - Concert at Wormwood Scrubs Prison caused a near-riot
  • 1943 - Broadcast to the British Forces in the Middle East
  • Appeared with major Military bands
  • Supported National Massed Choir Events in the Albert Hall and the Fairfield Halls
  • Visited and sang with the Filton Male Voice Choir in Bristol
  • Visited and sang with the Aberavon Male Voice Choir in Port Talbot
  • Provided concerts for the NSPCC and Christian Aid in Eastbourne and Worthing
  • Shared the concert platform with Nigel Ogden of BBC Radio 2 "The Organist Entertains".
  • Performed with members of the Glyndebourne Touring Opera Company
  • Performed with the Guildhall School of Music and Theatre.

The joy of choral singing ...

WE LOVE to sing -- and more especially, we love to sing before a large and receptive audience!

We organise several concerts each year, generally in association with charitable causes.
We are very receptive to invitations to sing at functions organised by others.

These are usually concerts in aid of charity, though some involve the raising of cash to fund other worthwhile projects such as building restorations.

We also enjoy singing at private functions, particularly at weddings.

We practice every Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at HIGHTOWN METHODIST CHURCH in Luton for two hours.

At each practice we balance the activities of learning new music,
polishing our current repertoire and also reviewing music from an extensive music library,
which retains the interest of seasoned members
while permitting newer choir members to reach concert standard at their own pace.
A novice member could well find himself on stage after perhaps only three months of first meeting the choir!

In addition to our regular practise sessions and formal concerts the Choir enjoys a full social life including trips away, dinner parties and fun nights.

Partners and friends of the Choir members are always cordially invited to participate fully in all of these activities.