about vmvc

Highlights in the past 70 years

  • 2013 (Feb) - The choir held a 70th anniversary reunion night for present and past choir members, their wives and supporters
  • 2012 (Aug) - Long Service Awards were presented to choir members for 10, 20 and 30 years service
  • 2011 - The choir's Patronage scheme started
  • 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
  • 2009 - Participated in 1,600-voice ‘Festival of Brass and Voices’ at Royal Albert Hall, London for Cancer Research
  • 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.
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The main interest of the Choir is the joy of singing particularly to a 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.

Practices take place on each Wednesday evening at St. Margaret's Methodist Church in Luton and each lasts for two hours.
At each practice we balance the activities of learning new music, polishing our current repertoire and also resurrecting songs from previous years.
This process proves optimum in retaining full interest of seasoned members whilst permitting newer choir members to reach rapidly and efficiently concert standard.
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.