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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!

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm upstairs in the Old Grammar School, Tideswell, behind the Cathedral of the Peak St John’s Church. Newcomers welcome!

Edwina Currie

Edwina Currie


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.


T.M.V.C. Patrons in 2017 

John Bradley, Lynda Breese & David Holmes, Maurice Croasdell, Edwina Currie Jones,

Farmers Energy“, Eric & Vera Hall, Christine Hewitt, James Hibbert, John B. P. Jones,  Audrey Morton, David & Jean Palmer, Peter & Jennifer Rowson, “J. Sidebotham & Son”, Philip & Stephanie Stanyer, Emma St. John-Smith, “TARMAC“, Margaret Tyldesley, Roger & Carol Whysall, Rita Willis.

            On behalf of T.M.V.C., as their Patrons’ Officer, may I write a huge “Thank You” to all our generous and supportive Patrons in 2017.

            The Choir genuinely appreciates your kind interest and financial commitment to us. We pledge to use your donations, and any attendant “Gift Aid” details connected to them, in a thoughtful and wise way.

            Your generosity helps us to put on our Concerts and events, not only for the development of our own musical, educational, personal and social experiences, but also to help us then raise monies and donate to other worthwhile Charities, which we have always endeavoured to assist.

            This year our chosen Charity is “Challenge Derbyshire“, an inspired county-based organisation which we believe is very worthwhile, and which serves as a kind of ‘umbrella’ capacity to all Derbyshire charitable organizations.

            We sincerely hope that the great satisfaction, bond of fellowship, and musical enjoyment that we experience is shared by all our Patrons, supporters and our audiences.

            Once again, sincere thanks to all of you. It is both reassuring and heartening for us to know who our true friends and loyal supporters are.

            We look forward to seeing as many as possible of you throughout 2017!

            Kind regards.

                                  Yours aye,


                                                                    (F. Philip Holland, T.M.V.C. Patrons’ Officer.)

Contact (email preferably)  philipholland@uwclub.net , or 01298 27644, or 01298 71938