Manx Voices, formerly the Manx Girls Choir, was formed in 1952 by Harry Pickard, and the choir has undergone many changes since its inception, not least its change of name!
The choir is SSA, (soprano, mezzo-soprano and alto) and has a membership base of around 40 members under the watchful eye of Musical Director, Angela Stewart, who took over the baton from Alan Pickard in 2003.
The choir has made several foreign tours to locations such as Norway, Germany, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary and Italy and has built up many friendships over the years with the various choirs it has met along the way.
Our repertoire is varied, ranging from early music all the way up to modern classics and songs from the musicals.
We rehearse every Tuesday at the Manx Blind Welfare Centre next to Bemahague School in Onchan from 7.30pm till 9pm either as a full choir or with sectional rehearsals.
We have a vast repertoire of music from many genres. We've listed some of the more recent works to give you an idea of what we do.
Barcarole - Offenbach
Tundra - Ola Gjeilo
Spells - Bob Chilcott
Thoroughly Modern Millie - Cahn and Van Heusen
I've got you under my skin - Cole Porter
The Seal Lullaby - Eric Whittacre
A Flower Remembered - John Rutter
An den Mond - Alwin Michael Schronen
Dancing Song - Traditional Hungarian
Grai my Chree - Traditional Manx
She's like the swallow - Traditional Newfoundland
Cape Breton Lullaby - Kenneth Leslie
This is the Day - Keith Christopher
Ave Verum Corpus - Mozart
Three Saints in One - Michael Hurd
Ave Maria - Kodaly
Gaelic Blessing - John Rutter
For the Beauty of the Earth - Rutter
The Lord is my Shepherd (theme tune to the Vicar of Dibley) - Howard Goodall
When de stars begin to fall - Traditional Spiritual
Didn't it rain - arr. Michael Neaum
Make a joyful noise - Malcolm Arnold
We have access to an extensive repertoire of music and we are always looking for something new to try.
Future appearances of the Choir will be at the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs on Saturday 21st October 2017, St Catherine's Church, Port Erin on Thursday 9th Novermber 2017 at 7:45 and Peel Lifeboat Station, Thursday 7th December 2017.
Updated rehearsal and concert dates now on Events page.
Choir Scarves and Folders
The green choir scarves will be available for members to purchase in the rehearsals leading up to any event. Badges can also be purchased - see Jacqui at rehearsals for details. Angela also has a supply of Black Folders available for sale if anyone requires one