About us

Tideswell Male Voice Choir

 

Based in a beautiful village in the Peak District, Tideswell Male Voice Choir has a well-deserved reputation for its excellence in choral singing. Originally founded in the early 1950s, the choir members at that time were mainly drawn from the village of Tideswell itself. Today men travel from all around to be a part of this exciting group, enjoying rehearsals which continue to be held in Tideswell itself. Here the choir is fortunate to have its own rehearsal premises, which houses a library and wardrobe facility.

Over the years the choir has enjoyed much success in competition, both in the UK and abroad, and expectations have always been high. This aspect has not changed over the years but many other things have.

Now numbering more than forty members, the choir continues to grow in stature and popularity. In recent years giant strides have been taken with this group succeeding in making its voice heard far and wide to increasingly diverse audiences, both geographically and demographically.

The reason behind the success of this male chorus is its willingness to embrace change, be bold in making those changes and to listen to its audience.

Herein lies the future!

Alison Bletcher

Alison Bletcher

Musical Director

Alison gained an honours degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London with singing and recorder as a joint first study. She also studied trumpet and piano. In recent years Alison returned to education and achieved an MA in music performing (singing) at Salford University.

Since leaving the Academy Alison has had a varied and full performing career. As a singer she has sung as the contralto soloist in numerous oratorios, taken leading roles in operas including Carmen, been the guest soloist with numerous choirs and performed in many recitals. Alison also plays in recorder recitals and has been a regular performer as a trumpet and cornet player in various orchestras and brass bands.

As well as performing, Alison also greatly enjoys teaching. She teaches singing, recorder, piano and brass and her pupils have received great success in examinations and competitions. Quite a few pupils have continued to read music at universities or music conservatoires.

Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie

President

Well-known as a writer, broad­caster, pol­itician and guest speaker, Edwina Currie has a life­long inter­est in music.

Born in Liverpool, Edwina went to the same school as the Beat­les’ George Harr­ison and Sir Paul McCart­ney. She admits that much of her edu­cation time was spent in the Cav­ern Club lis­ten­ing to their music; this stim­ulated her love of music.

As a youngster, she took real delight in singing uplifting psalms in He­brew as part of the Orth­odox Jew­ish con­grega­tion in Child­wall, Liver­pool, to which her fam­ily belonged.

Music has played a big part in her life and she likes noth­ing more than lis­ten­ing to music on the radio while driv­ing in the Peak Dist­rict. Her eclec­tic mus­ical tastes range from Simon and Gar­funkel to Beethoven. Continuing the musical theme, Edwina describes her marriage to her hus­band, John, as being: “Married to the most hand­some bari­tone in the High Peak.”

Edwina has had three successful careers – so far! In politics, she be­came one of the nation’s best-known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher’s gover­nment 1986–88, in the Depart­ment of Health. Writing proved a lot easier than pol­itics. In all, she has had ten books pub­lished. She star­ted with non-fiction then turned to novels which were inst­ant best-sell­ers in the UK. As a broad­caster, she is a fre­quent contrib­utor to news and curr­ent aff­airs pro­grammes.

For many years she has been a well-known radio and TV pre­senter and performer.

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