For 2017/18, members have decided that the Wiltshire Air Ambulance will be the choir's Charity of the Year.
Choir membership is centred on Pewsey with voices from as far afield as Burbage, Enford and the Collingbournes and has (so far) included teenagers, octogenarians and all in between. Numbers now exceed the thirty mark but the invitation is always open for new voices who enjoy singing to join up. Rehearsals are on Mondays between 7:00pm and 9:00pm at St.John's Church. When the church isn't available or we fancy a less formal/social session we can be found in Pewsey Heritage Centre. "Pop-Up Performances" may also be held by special arrangement at various locations around the Vale where we think potential new recruits might be found! [Join PMVC]
Where We Are At ...
* Bernie Bradshaw, Andrew Glover, John Holmes, Mick Hunter, Richard Mercer, Mark Spanswick, Daryl Taylor and Rob Thompson.
In Oct 2006, during the customary hiatus between the end of Pewsey Carnival and the onset of Christmas festivities, a conversation between Bernie Bradshaw and Mick Hunter (ex Hart MVC) at the bar of the Coopers Arms led to the idea of forming a Male Voice Choir for the sake of something to do during the long Winter evenings. Among other things this was to tap into a rich vein of local enthusiasm for the choral tradition reflected by the annual Spring Concerts organised by the Zixex Club from 1990-2009.
The crucial need for a Music Director was solved when Bernie invited Felicity Dainton to take on the task and the word was spread. Eight* good men and true attended the inaugural rehearsal on Mon 13th Nov in the back room of the Coops to sing under Felicity's direction and so our choir was born. Paul Hornbogen, Daryl Taylor and John Williams also remain from that first season’s cohort.
Through no fault of the choir’s(?) Felicity fled to Dubai within a year but left us in the capable hands of her neighbour Nicola Clarke who also left before long(!), albeit for the somewhat less exotic climes of Catterick Camp ... and thereby hangs a tale!, see below ... fortunately for us, her parting gift, in turn, was in the person of her friend Nel Matthews who became our muse then shared conducting duties with Daryl before he took on the task full-time (… of all our MDs he has been the one with by far the least hair).
Our Link to the Big Time!
In April 2010, inspired by her recent experience as Pewsey MVC’s second Music Director, Nicola Clarke founded the Wives & Girlfriends (WAGs) Choir for the British 4th Armoured Brigade (the "Black Rats") when her husband Hugo (one of PMVC’s tenors) was posted to Catterick Camp.
Recognising what a boon the choir was for those left at home when servicemen were away on tours of duty, Nicky contacted Gareth Malone with the idea for his BBC series on the Military Wives Choir and the rest is history … the Xmas No1 in 2011 with Wherever You Are followed by a No1 album singing with Gary Barlow in front of Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee and a Classic Brit Award ... great oaks from little acorns grow!
Nicky is now back in Pewsey, co-Director of the Military Wives Choir Foundation and was awarded the MBE in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List. When time allows she sings with the Salisbury Plain and/or Trenchard Lines MWCs.