Directed by William Prideaux, the multi award-winning Peterborough Male Voice Choir is widely recognised as one of the country’s finest male choirs, with an impressive concert schedule and a growing record of national and international competition success.
In the last few years the choir has collaborated with world-renowned performance partners including the King’s Singers, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, legendary soprano Leslie Garret, folk hero John Boden of Bellowhead, the Central Band of the RAF and the BBC Concert Orchestra in spectacular venues from Truro Cathedral to the Sage Gateshead and all points in between, regularly featuring on BBC local and national radio.
Peterborough Male Voice Choir is made up of talented and enthusiastic men from all walks of life and of all ages, with a high proportion of younger members, and welcomes singers with differing levels of previous experience, including none! Professional training and support is provided, enabling new members to develop their skills very quickly.
The choir aims to be accessible to as many men as possible and since 2011 their phenomenally successful pop-up projects Sing for Heroes and Men United in Song have introduced hundreds of local men to the joys of group singing, providing the choir with an influx of new members and raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity in the process.
In 2011 the choir won two England-wide arts prizes: the EPIC award from Voluntary Arts (UK), where the judges recognised “outstanding success in reviving the fortunes of the choir”, and the People’s Choice Poll, with a staggering 18,000 votes. Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey said “The story of Peterborough Male Voice Choir shows just what a group of committed and dedicated local volunteers can achieve, not only in terms of raising tremendous amounts of money for good causes but also…putting on excellent concerts in the process. They are an excellent example of the wonderful amateur arts activity that goes on in communities across England…and forms the bedrock of the arts in this country.”
In 2011 Peterborough Male Voice Choir founded music education charity Peterborough Sings! together with women’s choir Peterborough Voices and Peterborough Youth Choir, making a choral organisation of over 200 singers.
In 2017 Peterborough Male Voice Choir won the hotly-contested male voice class at the prestigious Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival and at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, where the adjudicators described their performance as “vocal magic”! They won the male voice class at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2018.
In 2019 their performance with Peterborough Voices of the Kyrie from Rheinberger’s Mass for Double Choir was awarded the Centenary Trophy for the ‘most outstanding individual item’ at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival.
They won the Men’s Choirs class and placed second in the Choir Programme class and in the Choir Prizewinners’ Challenge at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival 2020, with outstanding marks awarded for their ‘magical’ and ‘impressive’ performances.
On the international circuit, they participated in the Bangor International Choral Festival in Northern Ireland in 2015, the Interkultur Isola del Sole International Choral Competition in Grado (Italy) in 2017, and the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in 2018.
In 2011, 2013 and again in 2019 they came third in their class at the prestigious Cornwall International Male Choral Competition.
Our Performance Partners
Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Black Dyke Band
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
The Kings Singers
BBC Concert Orchestra
The Central Band of the RAF