Hereford Police Male Choir
The first 60 years has been exciting and we all look forward to the next milestone in this invaluable musical journey.
Choir ready for the challenges of 2019
Hereford Police Male Choir’s Diamond Jubilee in 2017 really did end on a high note. They marched off stage in Hereford Cathedral, where it all started in 1957, with the applause of a 600–strong audience ringing in their ears. There have been some great concerts over the 60 years, but in quality and emotion the celebration concert on October 28 must surely beat them all.
There were just a dozen serving policemen making up a choir in the original concert to mark the centenary of the old Herefordshire Constabulary. Now, the choir is 60 strong, including several retired officers, but sadly no serving bobbies. Each of the choristers, together with fellow singers from Shrewsbury Police Choir and Brecon Male Voice Choir will look back with pride on a performance which won them a standing ovation. Above all, the concert was a wonderful memorial to Brian Williams, who served the choir faithfully as its secretary for all of those 60 years.
The highlight of 2018 will be the London Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs at the Royal Albert Hall on October 13th, featuring some of the top international choirs coming together to create one huge ensemble. Hereford Police Choir has been privileged to receive regular invitations to be part of such a prestigious musical occasion in one of the most famous concert halls in the world. As choir patron Clive Richards so aptly summed it up:
The aim of the choir is to provide a platform for its members to enjoy singing together, give pleasure to its audiences.
The choir meets for rehearsals at 7 pm each Tuesday evening at Hereford Shire Hall and any men interested in joining the choir are urged to come to a rehearsal. The ability to read music is not essential.
Whilst the quality of music is paramount, the social life of members and their wives is well catered for, especially on concert tours.
The ‘after-glow’ parties in the bar after a concert – when everyone joins in the singing of old favourites – are highly popular.