Chorister of the Year 2018
The Chorister of the Year trophy was given to the Choir by Col. Peter Howells of Howells Jewellers, Haverfordwest, to be presented annually to the chorister who has worked exceptionally hard for the good of the choir. The award is normally given to a chorister, but this year the choir made an exception and this is the first time in our history that a non-chorister has received this prestigious award.
I think everyone in the Choir would agree that Peter is a grand asset to the choir, but he particularly deserves this honour because he has gone above and beyond any definition of his remit as the Choir’s accompanist. Peter has kept the choir focused in practices, concerts, and the tour of Belgium, to ensure high quality performances throughout.
Peter is very grateful to Martyn Jones for standing in as Deputy Conductor, and they have worked extremely well together to get the choir through a difficult period. Well done, Peter, and thank you for all your hard work.
To join us, your first port of call should be to contact our secretary Phil Deacon. Once you’ve done that, you should come along to one of our practice sessions held at the Withybush Pavilion, Haverforwest (Mondays, 8-10pm) to just to sit and listen to begin with. If you decide it’s not for you then that is completely fine!
From your initial approach, it would normally take around 3-6 months to become a fully-fledged member and to start appearing on stage with the choir. Ultimately, this will depend on your previous experience. But don’t worry if you’ve never sung in a choir before, many of our choristers were in the same boat!
Part of our process will be to establish which musical section you’re best suited to. There are four sections - Lower Bass, Upper Bass, Lower Tenor and Upper Tenor. This is sorted out by a simple run through of the musical scales with our Musical Director - who will obviously make sure that you’re able to sing in tune too! There are lots of myths and legends about Male Voice Choirs and the people who sing in them - and we have dispelled a few of these below!
Apart from the singing - which in itself is magical - being a member of a choir is a very social thing too! Aside from the odd stop at local hostelries after practices and concerts, the choir also travels to concerts overseas as well as to other parts of the UK.
We’d love to have you on board with us! So if you’re interested, fill out the form on this page and start your journey to becoming a chorister in the Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir!