Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir was formed in March 2011 to provide a means of relaxation for hospital staff and for the benefit of patients and/or their visitors - who can visit the hospital restaurant on Wednesday Evenings (with the agreement of the nursing staff on their ward) - where the choir rehearse. The initial membership was 8 and has now increased to 35+ and includes people who are not staff members but enjoy singing in a choir.
The Choir has sung at many events and venues where local charities have been holding a fund raising event and is very proud of its achievement in helping to raise a considerable amount of money for good causes. In particular they support The Ark Cancer charity to raise funds at every opportunity.
They are honoured to be a member of Basingstoke Festival of Choirs and have sung at the Anvil Theatre for all the events the festival has staged. The choir is very grateful to musical director Dai Ogborn and accompanists Steve Busby and Paul Wright who are the backbone of the choir without whose support they could not have achieved the standard that enables them to perform at these events.
The choir is very appreciative of the support of the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and as a “thank you” to the hospital the bow tie that forms part of their uniform is custom made in the hospital colours. When Mr Myrddin Rees DL MS FRCS FRCS(Ed) Consultant Hepatobiliary agreed to be Honorary President of the choir it further cemented the relationship between them and the hospital.
The choir is always looking for new members from all walks of life. It is not essential to be able to read music to join just a love of singing and a chance to make new friends. The choir sings a wide range of music, from traditional to modern day pieces and if you want to know more come along to a rehearsal in the hospital canteen on Wednesday nights from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. You will be most welcome.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact The Chairman on the contacts page.
The choir are proud to be members of:
Basingstoke Festival of Choirs
National association of choirs