The Minehead Male Voice Choir was formed in the year 2000, led by their first MD and accompanist. On the retirement of the MD after 10 years of directing the choir, Jackie Butterworth, who was already known as a guest soloist, was invited to take over the MD position.
Jackie had been a music teacher for many years and a trained singer with a lifetime of performing experience. With Jackie's expertise the choir has been able to develop musically and add to the wide and varied repertoire while continuing to enjoy the pleasure and health benefits of singing together.
We have been very fortunate in previously having two excellent accompanists and particularly so in finding our current accompanist Monika Balogh a music graduate from Hungary. The choir has enjoyed past exchange visits singing joint concerts locally, in South Wales, further afield in the Midlands and were featured this year on Radio Somerset as part of the BBC World Music Day.
We are delighted to have raised many thousands of pounds for local, national and international charities. Our current membership is 41 singing members. Our Choir is looking forward to meeting with other choirs on our first visit to the Cornwall International Male Choir Festival and to furthering the camaraderie of male singing
Jacqueline Butterworth trained as a teacher at Christ Church College, Canterbury specialising in music and singing. She became principal soloist with local operatic societies and has sung solos in sacred works with choral groups as well as singing as a guest with the MMVC.
Monika Balogh replaced Phyllis in October 2015 . Monika was originally from Hungary and holds two Masters Degrees in music from the University of Pecs. She currently teaches piano, singing and theory of music privately and at schools in Minehead area.
We meet at the Alcombe Methodist Church, Alcombe, Minehead every Monday from between 7.30pm and 9.30pm including a tea interval.