ON THE BEAT WITH HEREFORD POLICE MALE CHOIR
The Police Choir are really upbeat about what 2017 has in store for them, for it marks their Diamond Jubilee, a celebration of sixty years of wonderful music shared with appreciative audiences here in the UK and overseas. How time flies when you are enjoying yourselves. It seems just like yesterday the choir was celebrating its Golden Jubilee! Significantly, West Mercia Police, for whom the choir are great ambassadors, are celebrating their own Golden Jubilee this year.
Now we have a year's worth of singing and partying to mark yet a second great landmark in the choir's long and illustrious history. We plan to enjoy every minute and we hope our audiences leave the concert halls uplifted by the songs they have listened to. After all, as one of our favourite songs asks: “What Would We Do Without Our Music?”
It all started in 1957 when the old Herefordshire Constabulary celebrated its centenary and a dozen officers made up a choir to sing at an anniversary event in Hereford Cathedral. They enjoyed it so much they kept on singing and eventually opened their ranks to men from all walks of life. Today the choir is 65 strong and welcomes new members to ensure the great tradition of male voice choral singing continues.
One of those founder singers is still with the choir. Brian Williams, (pictured) a retired Inspector has been secretary since day one, although some health problems are currently keeping him from active duty. Brian has been the backbone of the choir, both as a top tenor and a brilliant administrator throughout its existence, and all his many friends in the male voice singing fraternity wish him a speedy return to good health. His outstanding contribution to music was recognised by Her Majesty The Queen when she awarded him an MBE.
The choir has sung in some of the finest concert halls in the land, regularly singing in the Royal Albert Hall as part of the London Welsh Festival of Male Voice Choirs. But their big claim to fame came with their performance in the 2008 BBC1 TV show ‘Last Choir Standing’ which brought them world-wide acclaim. It also brought them the Elgar Award for outstanding achievement, an invitation to the 2010 International Police Music Festival in Zurich and a highly rated CD, ‘Still Standing’.
Over its 60 years the Police Choir has raised more than £1m for charities, singing in venues from great Cathedrals to small village churches or village halls, and we welcome invitations to perform.
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