to Alan for 500 performances <<.......>> Our new
President, Len Wilson (left)
2012: The choir found
an opportunity to thank its patrons and supporters by
giving an invitation concert at Cullingworth. It was a
very enjoyable occasion with a splendid buffet provided
by MD Alan Clark and his wife Dorothy (ably assisted by
the Ladies Group).
highlight of the evening came when the choir was able
to honour Alan (who had just completed 500 performances
as conductor) with a certificate of appreciation and an
engraved tankard recording the choir's thanks. The choir
also shouted its acclamation to elect Len Wilson (our
out-going Secretary) as President for Life.
great man etc etc the saying goes. Very true in these
cases! - so flowers were also presented to Margaret Wilson
and Dorothy Clark, for the huge amount of support they
have given to Steeton MVC and their husbands for many
Clark presents Lindley with his Life Membership certificate
2012 : One of our longest standing members,
Lindley Wormald, felt the time had come
to stand down from the choir after 32 years of loyal service.
Lindley will be much missed, and there was a unanimous
decision to award him Life Membership of the choir.
Alan Clark awarded him his certificate at rehearsal on
5th March amid resounding cheers.
David hands over cheque to Charlotte
2011 : Just prior to the choir's AGM on 31 Jan,
there was time for a much more enjoyable event than the re-election
of the committee etc. One of our top tenors, Lindley Wormald,
has a great-granddaughter, Charlotte, who has cerebral palsy.
Charlotte was in urgent need of some specialised computer
equipment and the choir decided to give part of the proceeds
of our Christmas concert so that this could be purchased.
Charlotte and her mum and dad (and of course great-grandad!)
wre at our rehearsal to receive our cheque.
bows out with a song
Click here to see a video clip of
2010 : Our concert at Haworth (minus 6°C
outside!) marked a sad but fond farewell to Colin Easterby,
who is leaving the choir to move to Whitby. A long-serving
choir member, Colin will be missed by all, not least for his
trmendous bass voice. He bowed out appropriately by performing
one of his best-loved solos. Video available.
Concert marks Len Wilson's 40th year with the choir
2010 : This year's annual concert was one to
remember. We were delighted to have a return visit from the
EYMS band who received a tremendous reception for their musicianship
and obvious enjoyment in their music. The choir was at full
strength and always gives of its best on these occasions not
least when showing its appreciation for Len (see over). Also
the new CD was on sale having been delivered just the day
A choir like Steeton can have
great musical leadership, fine singers, excellent public
support, but would quickly come to grief if it did not
have at its heart the dedication and organisational
skills of someone like Len Wilson. Len has now been
with the choir for 40 years and has served on the committee
for 37 of them. As Secretary, Len has provided a level
of dedication and professionalism that any organisation
would envy. Chairman David (left) presented Len with
a salver, decanter and glasses as a token of the huge
respect and affection in which Len is held by all who
CD now "in the can"
The choir at Ilkley St Margaret's during a break from recording
2010 : In July we recorded our new CD and
we're pleased to announce that it won't be too long before
With a Voice of Singing goes on sale. Keep
checking the website for final details.
October 2010: New CD now available!
The choir performing at the Eden Project
2010 : It's very difficult to express in a few
words what an enjoyable and successful tour this was. Thanks
to all involved in planning the trip (but especially Len!)
everything went totally according to plan - including the
spectacular weather. Our concerts with the Mousehole choir
and also with our old friends from Truro to large audiences
in superb venues were hugely enjoyed by all concerned. For
this, thanks are due to Alan and the Cornish MDs for their
The visit to the Eden Project was a great day out and we will
long remember the experience of singing in such an extraordinay
ON RADIO CORNWALL
June 2010 : As the choir prepared
for its imminent departure for Cornwall, our own Alan Clark
and Paul Triggs (City of Truro's MD) were given a 10 minute
interview with Ross Ellis on BBC Cornwall's Sunday afternoon
Steeton MVC's new banner unveiled at rehearsal
2010 : Look out for our new banner which will
be visible to promote all our new concerts. Thanks to bass
Allan Hainsworth (on the right in the photo) for his inspired
Borley - new chairman
David Jenkins (left) passes the chain
of office to his successor
2010 : Retiring as chairman after 5 years distinguished
service, David Jenkins handed the reins over to David Borley
at the AGM with the unanimous vote of the members. David B
paid tribute to the phenomenal job David had done in steering
the choir through a historic period, including the unforgettable
centenary year. One thing is for certain, David B is someone
we will all look up to - he's by some way the tallest man
in the choir!
2009: We were devastated to hear of the passing
of one of the choir's great characters. Terry had been ill
for some while but we had been having very positive reports
of his progress just before we heard of his death. Terry will
be greatly missed for his friendship, his fine singing in
the Top Tenor section, his dry sense of humour and the huge
amount of work he did for the choir, notably in producing
practice CDs for each section.
on the increase!
We welcome Gordon and John to the ranks
From left to right: Mike Harrison presents
Gordon Bishop with his red jacket, acknowledging Gordon's
becoming a full performing member of the 2nd Tenor section
of the choir. Arnold Sheriff does likewise for John Dowlan
who is now a fully-fledged member of the Baritone section.
Clark - 15th Anniversary
Alan Clark with his presentation
2009: Our sell-out Annual Concert at the King's
Hall was another memorable occasion. The music was excellent
(in thanks partly to our superb guests the Carlton Main
Frickley Colliery Band PS please get a shorter name lads!).
audience were friendly and appreciative and most enthusiastic
when it came to our "Last Night of the Proms"
finale, when choir, band and audience joined together to
raise the roof. But it was also memorable for personal reasons.
It marked the first concert performance of one of our new
members, John Dowlan. It was also the 40th (yes - fortieth!)
Annual concert at which our indefatigable Secretary, Len
Wilson had sung.
Finally, it gave the choir an opportunity to thank our Musical
Director, Alan Clark for leading us so successfully for
15 years. Like most choral conductors, Alan doesn't use
a baton but nonetheless, there was a big cheer when Len
presented Alan with a baton in an inscribed case as a token
of the esteem in which we hold him.
2009: If you would like to come to our Annual
Concert in the King's Hall this year (and who wouldn't)
there's bad news if you haven't got a ticket as it is another
For those lucky enough to be there we can promise a varied
programme, with many new items in our repertoire and a choir
in particularly fine voice at the moment. We are delighted
to welcome back Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band as our
guests who will be performing with us in our now traditional
"Last Night of the Proms" finale.
membership for Gerald - Red blazer for Berti
David Jenkins awards Gerald
Fuller his Life Membership (left); Ron Crossley presents
Berti Gesting with his red jacket, acknowledging Berti becoming
a full performing member of the choir.
2009: The choir gave Gerald Fuller an affectionate
farewell on his retirement from the choir, and in token of
all his support unanimously elected him Life Member. Our sadness
at Gerald's departure was tempered by our delight in welcoming
new member Berti Gesting to the Bass section.
WELCOMES NEW RECRUITS
L-r Phil Kirtley(T2), Evan Rees (T2), Peter Hollings (Bar),
Jay Kerr (T1)
The Cartmel concert marked the debut of four new men to the
stage . We are delighted to have Phil, Evan, Peter and Jay
on board and look forward to many,many more concerts with
them.It's truly heartening to see our numbers growing again
(with further recruits in the wings). There seems to be a
buzz around choral singing at the moment, so if there are
any men out there who would like to give it a go, do
get in touch.
WITH KERRY CU
2009: Those of us who had been at our concert
with Kerry in Killarney last year were looking forward to
a memorable evening.It was all we had hoped for and more.
Both choirs were on top form: Kerry CU sang with all their
amazing verve and emotion (and what sopranos!), and we like
to think Steeton were at the top of our game too. We had
a full audience in a super venue (Skipton Christ Church
is fast becoming one of our favourite places to sing) and
this was all followed by a hugely enjoyable afterglow at
the White Rose Club.
The whole evening was one we will long remember. Best wishes
and thanks to our friends from Kerry. Let's hope we get
the chance to sing the Battle Hymn again with you one day.
Tim receives his 25 year badge from
2009: At the hugely enjoyable concert with Kerry
CU in Skipton, Top Tenor (in every sense!) Tim Bastow was
presented his badge to commemorate his 25 years with the choir.
Tim is well known to audiences as a compere but more especially
for his monologues which always go down a storm.
Kerry CU at our joint concert
in Killarney in 2008
2009: 21st March at Ilkley All Saints saw our
first full concert performance since 2008, and we all enjoyed
being back on stage. This was also our first chance to publicly
perform some new items we have been rehearsing.
Now we are really looking forward to singing again with our
friends from the Kerry Choral Union with whom we had such
a memorable concert in Killarney last year.
Come along on April 4th and give them a good Yorkshire welcome!
2008: It has been a busy year, but above all
it has been a memorable one. There have been many events to
remember: a triumphant concert in St George's Hall, a very
enjoyable tour of Ireland, and special concerts in Chatsworth
and Fountains Abbey. The fact that the year went so well is
a testament to all the men in the choir, but special mention
must be made of Alan's musical leadership, Anne's musicianship,
and to David and Len for their vision and organisation. We
believe we did those 16 men who first met in February 1908
proud - here's to the next 100 years!
OF DAVID TOWN
2008: At our final rehearsal of the year, we
bade a fond farewell to one of the most loyal members of the
choir, when David Town anounced his retirement due to health
problems. David has hardly missed one rehearsal or performance
in his long career with the choir. As a mark of the respect
and affection in which he is held, David was unanimously elected
WALL TAKES TO THE STAGE
Sam receives his blazer from Terry Tobin
2008: In a year which has been unfortunately
marked by a number of very sad losses, we were delighted to
welcome Sam Wall (2nd Tenor) as a stage performer, marked
by the symbolic presentation of his red blazer at our rehearsal.
Sam's first performance was at Fountains Abbey.
PAINTED HALL, CHATSWORTH
2008: Two flagship concerts both in spectacular
(though very different) locations marked a fitting crescendo
to this special year (before the climax of the Annual Concert)
Our thanks to our patron, the Duchess of Devonshire, for inviting
us to sing in the Painted Hall at Chatsworth House at a concert
in aid of cancer radiology research. At Fountains Abbey we
were blessed with a fine evening and a very large and enthusiastic
CONCERT WITH KIDDERMINSTER
Kiddermister Male Choir in Keighley Shared Church
2008: In 2006 Steeton had a very enjoyable weekend
tour of the Worcester area. We have already had the opportunity
to sing again with the men from Worcester MVC at our Centenary
concert and on Sat 2nd August, we were delighted to welcome
more old friends from that tour - the men of Kidderminster
Male Choir. Our joint concert at a packed Keighley Shared
Church in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress was a great
success and it was a particular pleasure to be able to sing
6 joint items, which meant there were exactly 100 voices giving
it their all in such pieces as Morte Criste. Many thanks lads,
it was a great evening, and we won't be forgetting your exuberant
(and colourful!) rendition of I Get Around in a hurry!
FOR 25 YEARS
( L-R) Frank Place, Ken Rainford,
2008: Our concert with Kidderminster (see above)
gave an opportunity for the choir to pay tribute to three
of its most loyal members. Frank Place and Terry Tobin from
the 2nd Tenors and Ken Rainford (Baritone) were presented
with their badges for 25 years service as members of the choir.
SMVC in Killarney St Mary's
2008: Thanks to Len's organisational skills,
Alan's musical leadership and the great welcome we received
from the folk in Ireland, the trip was every bit the success
we hoped. We will have many and varied memories but I am sure
we will all remember such highlights as: the boozy afterglow
with Dublin Welsh, our recital in the splendour of Killarney
Cathedral, and in particular the wonderful concert we had
with the inspiring Kerry Choral Union. Our joint performance
of the Battle Hymn was something very special.
2008: The choir is looking forward to our imminent
tour of Ireland. Our first concert will be in the village
of Kill with the Dublin Welsh MVC on Sunday 29th June. Click
for further details
26th April 2008
2008: The Centenary Concert in St George's Hall,
Bradford was every bit the success we had hoped. The combined
choir of close to 200 made a terrific sound, and created a
real buzz in the audience of well over 1000. The YBS band
were terrific as well. Truly a night to remember.
3rd March 2008
2008:At our Monday night rehearsal, we all said
a deeply felt good-bye and best wishes to John who is now
leaving Yorkshire to live in Abergavenny in his native Wales.
John had been a member of SMVC for over 25 years and a former
chairman. Most importantly, he was a good friend and an important
member of the bass section. John was presented with a momento
of his time with the choir and we sang him good-bye with Gwahoddiad.
Farewell John, our loss is south Wales' gain.
3rd Feb 2008
were all agreed that it was only right that there should be
a celebration on the actual 100th anniversary of the founding
of the choir and in Steeton itself. There was food, quizzes,
a display, short speeches and, yes, a few drinks. A cake specially
made by members of our Ladies Support Group (see left) was
ceremonially cut and, of course a few songs were sung. Technically
we have sung better, but rarely with such heart. Thanks to
Noel for organising and to all the staff at Steeton Hall.
Concert was indeed the success we had hoped for. The EYMS
Brass Band were exceptional and
hugely well received. St Margaret's is always a favourite
venue of ours and was a fine substitute for the King's Hall.
We had 70 men on stage which is an excellent sign that the
choir is in good health as it prepares for its Centenary next
2007: Our mini-tour of south Wales between the
8th and 11th June 2007 was without question a huge success.
2007 was one of the wettest summers anyone can remember but
we had glorious weather for the entire week-end. We will never
forget the reception we had from the packed crowd at the Congress
theatre in Cwmbran (a standing ovation no less) and it was
wonderful to listen again to the New Harmony singers who had
invited us down. The following concert in Caerphilly as the
guests of Aber Valley MVC was no less memorable - they are
a superb choir and we made a lot of new friends. However,
the Caerphilly youths who broke into our coach are not on
our Christmas card list! The tour finished with a lunchtime
concert in the impressive Millenniium Centre (see picture)
on the waterfront of the spectacular Cardiff bay.
2006: There is huge sadness in the choir at
the loss of our dear friend Watson, and the choir were out
in force at his funeral at St John's Ingrow on Thursday 21st
September to sing him farewell with two of his favourite pieces.
At the service Len Wilson gave a fine tribute on behalf of
the choir, the sentiments of which we all whole-heartedly
As we said last year on the occasion of his 90th birthday,
there was probably no one held in higher regard and affection
than Watson, whose superb bass voice (and wicked sense of
humour) had been a mainstay of the choir for half a century.
AT SKIPTON PARISH CHURCH
2005: We are holding what has now become our
annual Charity Sing at Skipton Holy Trinity (at the top of
the High Street - see picture). If previous years are a guide
then this should be a very enjoyable and worthwhile event.
Drop in at the church at any time between 11.00 and
3.00 pm on Saturday 18th June and
listen to Steeton MVC and a number of other choirs and musical
groups performing in relays. Entrance is free but please give
generously to support this year's good cause:
Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service
RECORDING MAY 2005
There was quite a buzz following the two recording sessions
for our new CD, not only because it had been an enjoyable
experience (not all are!), but because the general feeling
was that we'd done something just a bit special this time.
The recording took place at St Margaret's in Ilkley on 6th
& 7th May, a superb acoustic and the venue for a number
of previous recordings. Alan Clark was as ever in charge of
the music and John Rowley of Reelsound was our recording engineer.
Anne Mott accompanied flawlessly as always and was also joined
at the keyboard by Peter Abberton on a couple of numbers.
The CD will be out soon and will be titled "Music
in the Aire".
HAPPY 90TH (AND 50TH) TO WATSON
2005: There was a double celebration on Sunday
1st May 2005, as many members of the choir came to visit Watson
Barnes on the occasion of his 90th birthday and also to present
him with an inscribed carriage clock to commemorate 50 years
as a member of Steeton Male Voice Choir. There is probably
no one held in higher regard and affection than Watson, whose
superb bass voice (and wicked sense of humour) have been a
mainstay of the choir for half a century.
Watson is pictured (centre) with his wife Dorothy, as he receives
his presentation from Alan Clark.
the choir's AGM on Monday, 31 January 2005, we bade a sad
farewell to John Hirst (as Chairman only - not as a singer!)
who has been in office for the last three years. John paid
tribute to the choir and committee and read out a long list
of the choir's achievements during his time in office.
The choir then unanimously elected David Jenkins (pictured
left, with John on the right) as our new chairman. David thanked
the choir for their faith in him and hoped that he would be
able to continue John's good work, as the choir neared its
300 NOT OUT !
in Beverley in September marked two auspicious occasions for
our conductor and musical director Alan Clark. It marked his
(first) 10 years with Steeton MVC and also his 300th concert
with the choir. We are very lucky in having Alan as our MD
and conductor. Not only is his conducting technique phenomenal
(none of have been able to fathom how he manages to control
all four parts, control dynamics and keep time with just two
arms) but he has written the arrangements for some of the
choir's most popular pieces: "The Rose" and "Memory"
are just two amongst many.
Congratulations Alan. Here's to the next 10 years!