Male voice choir is 40 this year

The award winning Louth Male Voice Choir are to celebrate their 40th anniversary at a joint concert with the Dutch choir, Albatros, in St James’s Church on Saturday June 22 at 7.30pm.

The event is the culmination of a relationship between the two choirs which began with a chance encounter on a Luxemburg caravan site in 1978 between David Bryant, of the LMVC, and Klaas Wieske, of Albatros.

David said: “It’s amazing to think we’ve kept up the connection between our choirs over so many years. But they have been an inspiration to us – and our families have enjoyed the social get-togethers over the years.”

Over the years, LMVC and Albatros have held 12 joint concerts. During an exploratory visit before the first joint concert in 1979, Klaas Wieske, Albatros chairman, pointed up to the spire of St James’s Church and pronounced: “There we will sing.” Until then, that prestige location was regarded as being well beyond the aspirations of the fledgling LMVC.

LMVC, under the direction of Graham Burrell and accompanied on the piano by Gwyn Law, have already this year chalked up more successes, winning three trophies in the recent Cottingham Festival. A special anniversary CD, Ruby Rhythms, includes many of their best-loved songs such as What Shall We Do with a Drunken Sailor. A full colour, glossy brochure, Louth Male Voice Choir at Forty, which focuses on the history and many of the leading personalities in the choir, has been produced by Alan John and can be purchased for £2. The choir practices every Tuesday evening in Louth Town Hall.

Tickets for the June 22 concert can be reserved by telephoning David on 01507 607827 or Malcolm on 01507 610143.

Albatros are also giving a solo concert in St Mary’s Church, Marshchapel, on Sunday June 23, starting at 3 pm – followed by a hog roast.