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STOKE MALE VOICE CHOIR
Saturday 3rd November
Drayton Arts Fest Fundraiser
Stoke-on-Trent is nicknamed "The Potteries", a name associated with the numerous "pot banks" that existed to supply the world with cups for its tea, and plates for its butties!However another massive local industry was the coal mines. One mine was named Parkhall Colliery and this is where our choir first started. Yes 1950 and the Parkhall Colliery Male Voice Choir was formed and it was quite successful, winning the Bourneville Festival three times, and going into legend by travelling to South Wales where the judges only escaped lynching by voting Parkhall Colliery MVC in 2nd place!!
The choir moved firmly into the 21st century in the Millennium Year as, lead by its then conductor Bob Slinn, Parkhall (Colliery) MVC celebrate their Golden Anniversary Concert and in the second half of their programme enter back on stage as the City of Stoke-on-Trent MVC. New choir new city uniform. What an event, full house, full choir, full voice and full of emotion.
Over a number of years we have won and received funding from various bodies. The one we are most proud of was for our support of musical youth by providing them with a stage at every opportunity, voice and musician. And believe us, it does feel good to share that stage with youth. Our summer concert at the Victoria Hall, Hanley with the City Music School and Performing Arts Service became a regular event to which we also invite a guest MVC. We enjoy exchange visits, representing our city in - Erlangen, Neath, Merthyr Tydfil, Llanfairfechan, Barnstaple, Blackpool, Hull and many other places, where we have shared the love of music and song. And, as you now know, that's where we started and it's also our future: