In 1919, the Great Western Railway Running Sheds Male Voice Choir was formed from workers of the traditional Swindon Steam Railway Works. Subsequently the Choir has become known as the Swindon Male Voice Choir.
Through the years, Swindon’s longest established choir has maintained it’s pride in a high standard of both singing professionalism and competition acclaim. It has produced a pedigree from high profile concert performances.
To present music from the most varied and widest range possible in a versatile and forward-looking manner, and in so doing to raise funds for charitable causes, remains the unchanged aims of the Swindon Male Voice Choir…
… ‘ hearing is believing’
Swindon Male Voice Choir is nearing it’s Centenary year!
Click here to download a .pdf document about some of Swindon Male Voice Choir’s exciting history.
The following poem was presented to the choir on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary Concert at Swindon ’s Wyvern Theatre on 3rd October 2009.
The title of the poem was ‘Maroon Magic’ because the traditional SMVC blazers were originally maroon. In 2012 it was time for a change and the blazer colour is now light blue. However the poem is just as relevant now as it was in 2009.
For 90 years, you’ve given joy in the treasured art of song.
Embracing Swindon’s heritage to which you all belong.
Your dignity engenders pride with unswerving dedication.
You represent core values… that once defined our nation.
Our heartfelt thanks reach out to you for your noble presentation; that, you long commit your love and strength to the halls of fame in Swindon.
Mary Ratcliffe (October 2009)
Most Choirs have a desire to be successful and look to measure their abilities and standards by meeting with performing with and competing against other Choirs. Festivals and competitions bring the best of friendship and choral spirit for all participants and supporters. Our recent festival history is detailed for your interest.
|Year 2012||Cheltenham Choral Festival|
|Year 2012||Winners: Sacred Music Class|
|Year 2012||Winners: Male Choir class|
|Year 2009||Cheltenham Choral Festival|
|Year 2009||Winners: Sacred Music Class|
|Year 2009||Winners: Male Choir class|
|Year 2004||Runners-up: Cardigan Eisteddfo|
|Year 2002||Runners-up: Cardigan Eisteddfo|
|Years: 1990 - 2000||Winners: North Wales Choral Festival, Llandudno on two occasions|
|Years: 1990 - 2000||Winners: Cardigan Eisteddfod|
|Years: 1990 - 2000||Winner: Male Voice Choir Competition in Essex|