Important notice for Sunday 1 September launch
Since we were last at Myton School, substantial changes have been made to security on the site, which restricts vehicle access at certain times.
Large controlled metal gates are now in place. These will be open for us when we arrive for the launch on Sunday afternoon, but in addition there is a height barrier above vehicles which is place all the time. Please therefore take great care if you have a vehicle which might either have some height to it or which has a high suspension.
If you are affected, then please park considerately at the edges of the turning circle outside the gates. Whilst it is unlikely that there would be insufficent room, on this occasion, perhaps those who normally park in the circle (perhaps to avoid the queue at the end?) would consider parking inside the grounds. We can then have some discussion at the rehearsal when further information will be available see photo of barrier
This exciting singing organisation for the Midlands was formed ten years ago in 2009, and was directed by Barry Todd from its launch in February 2009 to June 2019.
The organisation started with one main choir rehearsing on Monday evenings, and this choir typically has over 200 members and normally gives its concerts, with the 40 piece Midland Voice Orchestra, at Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick.
From September 2019 Chris Wiltshire, our accompanist and more, is taking over as MD. Barry will continue to be involved in the background. Two concert dates are already fixed, December 7th 2019 and June 27th 2020
Two smaller "Daytime" choirs that rehearse during the day, will continue to be led by Barry in Whitnash, Leamington on Thursdays and in Balsall Common on Tuesdays.
The Daytime choirs each have a facebook page,
So Midland Voices offers a choice of three choirs, and a number of concerts each year: the main choir with unique opportunities to sing with the Midand Voice Orchestra at Warwick Arts Centre, and other performances by the daytime choirs to raise funds for local charities. The total raised for charities to 2016, is an amazing £60,000.
New Singers are always welcome. There are no auditions for the chorus, and all singers have the opportunity to audition to perform solo parts, duets or ensemble pieces in each of the concerts.
Barry's Surprise Afternoon Party 21st July 2019
Barry had a fabulous Suprise Party organised by Kirsty. He was Flash Mobbed to our adopted theme tune Anthem, and later presented with a leather bound book with contributions from the choir members and images from his 10 years as MD loving prepared by Carolyn and bound and boxed by Rodney. Download a copy here.
He was also presented with a Video Slide Show covering the History of Midland Voices - you can view any or all 13 parts (it is about 80 minutes in total). Click here to see playlist .
Barrys Last Speech at The Power Of Music Concert 29th June 2019
Barry gave a speech at his last main concert involving the Midland Voices Choir and Orchestra Concert on Saturday 29th June 2019. Some of the choir could not hear it clearly so here are his notes here.
7th December 2019 A Christmas Cracker! Concert - Myton School
Barry has announced this Christmas Concert Led by Chris Wiltshire, involving the Midland Voices Choir on Saturday 7th December 2019. The concert will have two performances matinee and evening. so you could even see it Twice!!!.
27th June 2020 Summer Concert Warwick Arts Centre
Barry has announced Chris will rehearse and conduct the main concert involving the Midland Voices Choir and Orchestra Concert on Saturday 27th June 2020. It will continue the Midland Voices tradition of incredible music and singing and orchestration. One not to be missed !.