So what is a Male Voice Choir?
Male voice choirs have a long history in the UK, with various lines of origin. We tend to associate them with Wales and mining communities, with choirs springing up around mining towns and villages, often centred on individual pits or chapels. It's not all about Welsh miners though, as the industrial revolution brought with it the inextricably linked flourishing of Methodism, and so Male Voice Choirs can trace at least part of their heritage back to Cornwall, and the consequent spread into all parts of the UK along with Wesley's message. No surprise then that a town like Huddersfield with its industrial heritage boasts several Male Voice Choirs.
What are "Male Voices"?
Our music is specially arranged for four male voices (or sections) - First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone and Bass. We sing in close harmony, that is to say generally one section will sing the melody or main tune of the piece, and the other sections will be singing a supporting harmony. This means that each section learns a different part of the song. The tenors sing the higher parts, the second tenors and baritones add more subtle harmonies and the basses sing the deeper, richer harmonies underneath.
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