Dumfries Male Voice Choir

Choir In Fine Voice

A packed Easterbrook Hall enjoyed a full evening of entertainment at the Dumfries Male Voice Choir (DMVC) 68th annual concert, also featuring performances by the Kings Grange Singers and soprano Julia Daramy-Williams.

The unseasonably cold weather did not chill the enthusiasm of the audience, who were treated to an evening which featured a wide variety of songs and different musical styles.

DMVC opened with Let All Men Sing, followed by two Welsh hymns and a performance of This Little Light of Mine. They then changed genre to perform a selection of songs by Elvis Presley and Perry Como.

Highlights of the Kings Grange Singers performance included Panis Angelicus, The Longest Time and Someone to Watch over Me. in contrast to the multiple voices heard in the choirs, Julia Daramy-Williams easily filled the hall with her clear, rounded voice. She also delivered a varied programme, from Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man from the musical Showboat to Quando m’en vo Soletta from opera La Boheme.

David McCullough congratulated Julia for her excellent performance and wished her good luck in her career, while Ian Warner gave a lighthearted but fulsome vote of thanks to the performers, accompanists Sze Ying Wylie and Peter Hickman, plus all the people who made the evening possible.

All singers provided a finale of Will Ye No Come Back Again and Auld Lang Syne, before joining friends and family for a post-concert buffet.


28 members of Dumfries Male Voice Choir plus partners and friends have just returned from a very successful trip to Gifhorn, the German town twinned with Dumfries.  The trip was made more affordable thanks to the generous sponsorship of Dumfries and Galloway Council plus successful fundraising from our own informal ladies committee.

We were pleased that several choir members not well enough to travel came to wave us off from Brooms Road as we set out for Hull and the ferry to  Zeebrugge.  It was decided to stopover at Ypres as the choir had the opportunity to take part in the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate.  After the choir did their singing, chorister Ian Grieg, a veteran of the D-Day Landings and a holder of the Legion d’honneur, laid a wreath on behalf of the choir and everyone agreed the whole event was a great success and very moving.

The group travelled on through Holland towards Germany, stopping at a number of war cemeteries including a Scottish Memorial which had recently featured on Border Life TV.   A highlight for many was the drive over Nijmegan Bridge and a visit to the Airborne Division Memorial and then Arnhem Cemetery.  The choir gathered near the central altar and sang a tribute to the fallen, a particularly emotional occasion.

On Saturday the group were welcomed at their hotel by members of Gifhorn Mannerchor. After a quick check in, we were taken to meet the Mayor at the Central Concert Hall and there was an exchange of gifts.  At the Mayor’s request the choir gave an impromptu performance for a group of older people meeting together in the main hall which was well received.  Our party was then taken to the choir club house for a delicious Hog Roast dinner.

Sunday started with a tour of the Windmill Museum, a beautiful park which is the inspiration of just one man, Mr Wrobo, who spent some time with us.  A delicious lunch was provided and the whole thing was on the house, so generous and much appreciated.  Uniforms and glad rags were on for the main event at the beautiful church of St Nikolai, a joint concert with a varied programme by both choirs.  A German bagpipe duo led in the choirs and provided a “Highland Sound” which was a splendid contrast to the choral music.  The event was a big success and earned an encore and a standing ovation.    More excellent hospitality followed at Gifhorn Choir Social Club.

Monday morning saw us all back on the road to Amsterdam for the overnight ferry to Newcastle and then the drive home.    

2 018 Events

21st September

Maxwelltown West Church, Dumfries

29st September

King Grange Ladies Choir

 3rd November

Cancer Research UK Festival of Brass and Voice Royal Albert Hall, London

13th December

 S.A.N.D.S Crichton Royal Church, Dumfries (TBC)

2019 Events

16th March

Perform in Dumfries (Dumfries Music Festival)

29th March

69th Annual Concert

31st - 2nd June

Visit of Carlton Male Voice Choir from Nottingham (Joint Concert in Dumfries)

27th - 29th September

Visit to Nottingham (Joint concert with Carlton Male VoiceChoir)