Len Williams and the Choir at the Royal Albert Hall

Based in New Mill near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, New Mill Male Voice Choir was formed in November 1991. A chance meeting between a group of local singers and Len Williams, a retired Welsh National Opera singer, led to an introductory rehearsal and sing at a local school. The evening proved to be so successful that regular rehearsals were arranged, with singer numbers swiftly increasing.

In 1993 the choir formed part of the World Choir (some 8,500 voices) at Cardiff Arms Park under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes. A truly memorable event for a young choir.

In 1997 and 2003, the choir sang at The Royal Albert Hall in the "Yorkshire Festival of Music" concert and in 1999 it shared the Huddersfield Town Hall stage with Black Dyke Band.

In 2000 it appeared with Brighouse and Rastrick Band prior to the choir's tour of Italy where its performance venues included Venice and Riva. The CD Mills Alive 2 was released in November of that year followed by Decade of Song, the choir's video, released in 2001.

The choir at Cesky Krumlov

In 2002 the choir travelled to the Czech Republic to perform three concerts - Prague, Karlovy Vary and Cesky Krumlov and in 2004 a tour of Catalonia provided the choir with further international experiences.

The internationally renowned singers of Cantorion Colin Jones, the Welsh 'Choir of Choirs', have become close friends with New Mill and shared concerts in Huddersfield (2) and Wrexham which were performed to capacity audiences.

In 2002 Elizabeth Hambleton became Musical Director and Anne Levitt Accompanist. The all female leadership proved an inspired choice for the Choir.

In 2003 the choir performed in front of 2,000 Inner Wheel delegates at their national conference at the Royal Opera House, Blackpool. A successful rotary conference concert at The Spa Theatre in Scarborough immediately followed by a full house concert at Helmsley Arts Centre ended another exciting year in 2004.

With the dawn of 2005 the choir had reached 50 members and was progressing from strength to strength. A new CD was recorded, 'In Harmony' and the choir vetured to Banbury to sing for the Lions. In 2006 the first big name concert was organised by the choir in Huddersfield Town Hall where Sir Willard White, world famous bass/baritone was guest performer. The concert was a great success.

Poland was the location for the fourth concert tour in 2007, with concerts in Warsaw and Krakow. Choir membership was booming with 60 regular singers every Tuesday night for rehearsal.

The choir have hosted successful concerts in Huddersfield Town Hall with Aled Jones, the renowned Welsh choir, Morriston Orpheus, Julian Lloyd Webber and Alison Balsom.

In April 2009 the choir entered the competitive arena and won first prize at the Don Valley Music Festival, a feat repeated in 2010.

Don Valley Music Festival

Elizabeth retired in December 2010 and Alan Brierley was appointed Musical Director.

From 2009 the Choir have chronicled their activities, in more detail, on a year by year basis.
You will find more of interest under the menu heading 'News-->Archive'.
Concert Promoters will find programme material on our Promoters page.

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