Launceston Male Voice Choir was formed in 1969. It was known originally known as the Launceston Methodist Male Voice Choir. One of our current members, John Beare was appointed as Deputy Musical Director in 1982, and then Director in 1986. John is now our first Emeritus Musical Director and still sings with the Baritone section of the choir.
Jonathan Mann is our current Musical Director and has been responsible for training and conducting us since 2017. Many new pieces have been introduced to the repertoire, and others re-visited.
Like most Male Voice Choirs we have four sections. First and Second Tenors, Baritones and Basses. There is no formal requirement standard for any members,each new member is assessed by the Musical Director individually, and then assigned to the most appropriate section. Nor is it a requirement to read music. Always, the overall aim is to build strong and lasting fellowships, to enjoy making music with others of a like mind and in doing so help the local Community.
The Choir is a full member of the 25 strong Cornish Federation of Male Voice Choirs and has taken part in many prestigious events including a concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London, as part of the Men of Cornwall combined Choir, and has also supported the Trelawny Choir on tours to New Zealand, Australia and Canada.
We sing in many different venues, in Churches, Village Halls and community venues. The events themselves include supporting special charity raising events, weddings, and galas. We have held concerts in aid of our own particular Charity – the Childrens Hospice South West, and sung at both Launceston Show and at the Bude RNLI special fund raising week on many occasions.