Hart Male Voice Choir was formed in May 1975 with the aims and objectives to develop choral singing to provide entertainment for performers and audiences.
The management and affairs of the choir are conducted by a committee including a Chairman, Choir Secretary, Concert Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Librarian, Stage Manager, PR Officer and Social Secretary elected by the Annual General Meeting. The Musical Director is an ex officio member of the Committee.
HMVC is a non-profit making organisation but usually charges a concert fee to cover our professionals’ costs and the costs of transporting our staging and musical equipment to the venue.
Fixed costs including but not restricted to our professionals’ rehearsal costs, hall hire, piano maintenance, choir van, uniform and sheet music are all covered by member’s monthly subscriptions.
The choir sings in four part harmony (TTBB) with each section having a Section Leader with responsibility for the mentoring of new members and acting as a conduit between the Committee and their relevant section.
The choir has a varied repertoire with traditional male voice choir songs and hymns, folk songs, songs from the shows and operatic pieces.
Solo singing is encouraged as part of the development of our voices and to inspire confidence in singing but is not a requirement.
We currently rehearse once a week on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 10.00pm in the Cross Barn in Odiham and new members are always welcome.
Over the years we have extended our objectives to put the fun in fund raising for local and national charities including for example the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, Aldershot Army Benevolent Fund and in June 2016 we sang in Ireland where we raised over €6000 for the Offaly Branch of The Irish Kidney Association.
Eamonn O’Rourke HMVC Chairman
Alan Titchmarsh HMVC President
The choir supports local community activities including Carols in the Bury and the Master of the Beer Festival in Odiham, Aldershot Military Festival and Celebration of Freedom and Fleet Remembrance Day parade.
In 2003 the choir launched the ‘ Supporting Young Singers ‘ initiative and now holds bi-annual competitions to find a young singer of the year from the local community. The competition offers cash prizes and the opportunity to sing in concert as guests of the choir and is actively supported by choir President Alan Titchmarsh who acts as compère at the concerts and presents the prizes.
The choir tries to tour regularly not only within the UK but has also visited Germany, France, Spain, Holland, Portugal, South Africa and Ireland and have been acclaimed with standing ovations and invitations to return. We are currently considering tours to Scotland, Austria, Cornwall or Iceland.
From time to time the choir records selections of songs from a changing repertoire. The title of the latest 2016 CD is “Let All Men Sing” which is available at all our concerts and features eleven of our current audience favourites.
So click on the “Join The Choir” tab on this website to see what great fun can be had singing at Hart, and experience the Hart Buzz!
“What a delightful evening ( at the YSC concert in Princes theatre ) – I had no idea we were coming to such a wonderful event ! The standard of singing was excellent throughout the evening. What fun the choir seems to have”
quote from one of the finalists mothers
“The concert went quite splendidly … and the evening simply flowed along….such an enjoyable evening”
Quote from another Musical Director
“A great choir and getting better !”
member of the audience
“thanks for the enjoyment of the evening…..how good the choir sounded”
member of the audience
“A very successful concert – your initiative to encourage young singers is a brilliant and commendable one”
quote from a young singer’s parent
“Your choir’s singing was the highlight of my husband’s day and will be remembered for the rest of his life”
quote from private function
“Hello I am Portuguese and I had the privilege of hearing you on your tour in September 2014. Heard of your show occasionally chatting with one of your members in a cafe of Caldas da Rainha. I want to leave you here my congratulations for the fantastic work they have done. I recorded with my phone (so very amateur), some of your songs in the show in Malhoa museum in Caldas da Rainha. Best wishes, share your work, I’ll do my part”