It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Ann Rook. Obituary
Established in 1924, The Scunthorpe Male Voice Choir has established a tradition of male singing in North Lincolnshire which has gone from strength to strength and continues to thrive today. The modern choir has a complement of more than 40 voices and has grown into one of the leading music groups in the area.
The choir promotes up to 12 concerts each year, both locally and in other parts of the U.K., and have sung in both the USA and on mainland Europe. Quite apart from the obvious enjoyment the choir derives from singing and entertaining audiences, it is particularly proud of its record of raising many thousands of pounds for local and national charities. We have also been extremely successful in assisting organisations of all kinds to raise funds. We ask for a concert fee of £200 for performing. However, we provide 100 tickets and 25 posters for the organisation to advertise the event. If you are a fundraiser and would like the choir to put on a concert for your organisation then please contact the Secretary John Caborn on 01724 860924.
Our Conductor and Accompanists
The conductor is Daniel Fields, a young accomplished local teacher, who we believe has a long and distinguished career ahead of him. Accompanists have also shown similar loyalty to the choir’s cause and Margaret Walker and Ann Rook, our pianists, have between them, given more than 60 years service, Both these ladies retired from the choir recently. Our new accompanist is young music teacher James Longden.
History of the choir
In 1924, Denman Leeman, a leading light in Scunthorpe musical circles, decided to extend an existing Methodist Church quartet. By doing so, he established a tradition of male singing in North Lincolnshire which has gone from strength to strength and continues to thrive today. The modern choir has a complement of more than 40 voices and has grown into one of the leading music groups in the area.
Mr Leeman led the choir for the first 44 years of its existence, Charlie Ware for 13 years and Jeff Blewett for 25 years. When Keith Morgan took up the baton in 2007, he became only the 4th conductor in the choir’s 90-year history. Under his leadership the choir continued to travel, to flourish and to broaden its horizons, and enjoyed the challenge of some traditional Welsh music!
Keith retired from the choir after the last CD was recorded. The choir and all its followers wish him all the best for the future.
When the choir was formed it initially performed at local charity concerts and then concentrated on competitive festivals. Two major events stand out from this period. Firstly winning the Welsh Eisteddfod in Cardiff, and secondly, representing Lincolnshire in the 1951 Royal Festival of Britain, being placed third in their class amongst choirs from the whole of the UK.
These days the Choir performs mainly for charities in the local area and beyond, sometimes combining with other male voice choirs. As well as remaining loyal to its local links and performing in Lincolnshire and South East Yorkshire the choir has toured more widely and recent venues have included Cardiff Arms Park, York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral, Manchester Free Trade Hall and Bridgewater Hall, Blackpool and Newport Minster, Sandown and Freshwater IOW. Birmingham and Wakefield.
The choir have enjoyed a twinning arrangement with the people of Dahlonega, North Georgia, USA. The Choir have also toured northern Germany.