ON THE BEAT WITH HEREFORD POLICE MALE CHOIR
As Hereford Police Male Choir prepares to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee in 2017 it's timely to reflect on the choir's six decades of song.
The Police Choir was founded in 1957 to sing at the centenary celebrations of the old Herefordshire Constabulary. Then, it was just a few serving police officers. Today, the 70-strong choir is made up of men from all walks of life, including several retired officers and, especially, retired Inspector Brian Williams MBE, who has been secretary and a top tenor since the beginning.The choir continues the great tradition of male voice singing, taking its music to some of the greatest concert halls in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall where they are regularly part of the London Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs. The choir's greatest claim to fame was its 2008 performance on the BBC TV Show Last Choir Standing which brought them worldwide acclaim. The following year, the choir won the Elgar Award for outstanding musical achievement and crowned this success with an invitation to the 2010 International Police Music Festival in Zurich. The choir's repertoire extends from classic to pop, popular hymns to songs from the top West End shows. A police choir concert is a musical treat for those in the audience.
Police Choir concerts have raised close on £1m for charities. It ended its 2015 season on a hugely high note, helping raise several thousand pounds at a special festive concert in Hereford Cathedral for the Army Benevolent Fund .
Contact Brian Williams MBE on 01905 454760 to book a concert.
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