The Phoenix Male Voice Choir was established in Norwich in February 2010. When the Norfolk Millennium Male Voice Choir disbanded in 2009, several of its past members decided to continue singing together in a new all-male group, so they took it upon themselves to set up a new choir!
Our founding Musical Director, Sarah Grimes (Sarah Sheldrake), was recruited, and the search for additional members, and for venues where the choir might rehearse, began. After an initial meeting at the chosen rehearsal base (Mile Cross Methodist Church, just north of Norwich City Centre), the name of the choir was decided (... the Phoenix which is rising from the ashes of the previous choir ...), a Committee was elected and our rehearsals began in earnest.
Since its Inaugural Concert in July 2010, the Phoenix Male Voice Choir has gone from strength to strength with a hard-working Musical Team and Committee, and the enthusiasm of its Membership.
In its first year, the Choir gave two packed house performances and received fantastic comments and feedback from the audience on both occasions. In 2011, the choir doubled its number of performances, and has produced regular Spring, Summer and Christmas Concerts in the years since then. It has been pleased to share the concert stage with guest talented local musical groups and ensembles, and in turn to accept invitations from festival groups and churches to perform its songs.
In 2012, we were pleased to accept an invitation from rising soprano Rebecca Newman to guest with her in Norwich during her 2012 RNLI 'Coast to Coast' UK Tour. Rebecca has since become known as 'The People's Soprano', supporting Russell Watson on his 2015 UK Tour, among other eye-catching engagements. We were equally delighted to appear during a return visit to Norwich by Rebecca in February 2016 at the Assembly House on her mini-tour 'Romantica - the Love Songs', where the Choir, as her special guests, joined in the mood with five love songs of its own.
During the last seven years, whilst Sarah has remained firmly at our musical helm with unwaivering approval, we wished a fond farewell as accompanist to the extraordinary Neil Ricketts in 2013 as he took up a prestigious new role, we warmly welcomed (and just as fondly later bade farewell to) Simon Ireson as he brought his cheerful personality and considerable musical talents to continue our success (but are delighted that Simon is still able to support us behind - and on occasions in front of - the scenes!), and we now just as warmly welcome Jason Lambert to our midst as accompanist. If his exceptional debut piano solo at our Christmas Concert 2016 is anything to go by, our audiences are in for future musical treats! With the obvious dedication of our talented Musical Team, and the enthusiasm of its male Choristers, Norwich's Phoenix Male Voice Choir continues building on its experiences and delivering a varied repertoire of male voice song in its concert appearances.
It is excited by its 8th year programme for 2017, including 4 concert productions and a guest tour appearance of the Radcliffe-on-Trent Male Voice Choir in the Spring. We hope to see you in 2017!