Our Choir's History
According to founder members of the choir, Malmesbury Singers began in September 1961 with Miss Margaret Crallan as conductor, under the auspices of the Rural Music School. In September 1964 it became a mixed choir. Following the departure of Miss Crallan, Malmesbury Singers originally held rehearsals in Malmesbury Upper School, but they are now held in Malmesbury Abbey.
John Hughes took over the mantle of leadership for a number of years. Iain Duffin subsequently took over in 1991 as conductor and musical director. John Hughes returned a couple of years later to be our accompanist.
In 2023, Iain Duffin retired as conductor and Thomas Mottershead stood in for Iain Duffin conducting our Summer concert with us in June 2023, and the "official" first concert in December 2023.
Approximately 60 – 70 singers make up the Malmesbury Singers, coming from about a 25 mile radius of Malmesbury. We usually put on at least two concerts a year, although we do occasionally put on a light summer concert.
See “Past Concerts” for details of our previous works which encompass many varied works including home grown creations “Hannah and the Tyger” and “Eilmer” (performed for a second time in December 2010) to major choral works such as Verdi’s Requiem (April 2011) and Haydn’s Creation. Rehearsals are informal, enjoyable and educational.
New members are always welcome – particularly male voices! There is usually a short voice appraisal – however this is very informal and you just need to bring a short piece to sing. Click the “Contact Us” link on the left to join and send a quick message.
Photo: (c) Robert Peel 2016