The choir is run by an Executive Committee of the members elected at the Annual General Meeting around July each year, and at which the Choir President and Vice Presidents are also appointed. There is also a half-year general meeting held in February. The choir prides itself on the professional conduct of it’s key members who endeavour to be open minded and seek ways to improve and move the choir forward.
In addition, there are a number of non-committee administrative roles, to do with the day-to-day running of the choir, and which support the Executive Committee and the choir.
Probably the most important group in the choir is the Music Team, which chooses the repertoire and then guides the choir through rehearsals and concerts.
Other key groups include the Section Leaders, Library Team, Friends of Carlton and the Carlton Support Group.
Our choir mascot is Bridie. Bridie is the beautiful and talented Alsatian Guide Dog owned by our Baritone David Newsham and she loves sitting in from of the choir at rehearsals and performances.
Choir President – Sir John Starkey
The figurehead of the choir!!! – John presents at formal occasions and acts a a confident, council and advisor on choir matters. John sings as a Bass in the choir.
The Executive Committee
Chairman – Rober Van Haazel
The leader of the choir organisation. – Responsible for choir discipline! – Choir Development Strategies – Lead the Executive Committee. Robert sings as a Bass in the choir.
Vice-Chairman – Roger Wheldon
The man to get things done, positive, decisive and capable, the ‘VC’ puts into action the Executive Committee’s decisions and strategies. Roger sings as a Baritone in the choir.
Choir Secretary – Garry Roberts
Maintains administrative records – Communicates with the choir – Deals with correspondence to and from other choirs/organisations. Garry sings as a First Tenor in the choir.
Concert Manager – Terry Gray
Visits venues to ascertain staging, seating and access requirements for the choir – organise stage management at performances – co-ordinate team to transport equipment to venues. Terry sings as a First Tenor in the choir.
Concert Secretary – Brian Allen
The most important person in the team – without a venue or concert we have nowhere to sing – seek out venues and ascertain their suitability – confirm availability of music team and book concerts – collects the concert fees. Brian sings as a Baritone in the choir.
Social Secretary – Stan Candler
It’s not just about the touring, although this is a big part of the role, the Social Sec also works with the Carlton Support Group to ensure a range of social events for the choir and arranges the ‘Afterglow’ (social sings in the pub following a concert). Stan sings as a First Tenor in the choir.
Membership Secretary – Bo Zinn
Maintains records of members of the choir – reports on attendance to the executive committee – works with section leaders to promote attendance. Bo sings as a Second Tenor in the choir.
Choir Treasurer – Joe Bean
Manages the choir finances – keeps the executive committee informed of choir finances – accepts the money! Joe sings as a Bass in the choir.
Marketing Manager – Chris Coats
Promotes the choir through high quality media, produces a strategy for publicity, ensures effective promotion of concerts and organises tickets and programmes. Chris sings as a First Tenor in the choir.
The Music Team
Carlton Male Voice Choir is so fortunate to be able to call upon the services of a team of dedicated and talented musicians who work tirelessly to bring the best out of the Choir.
Musical Director – Ian Watts
At the helm is Ian Watts, our Musical Director. Ian took up this role in September 2016 with a varied musical background which includes performing in The Kinx tribute band and a Beatles tribute band. He is an accomplished bass guitarist and pianist. Ian manages a commercial record label and recording studio business and is also a church organist, being the President of the Nottingham & District Society of Organists in 2017/18 and running church choirs. Ian is also the Musical Director of the Lyrical SoNGbirds, a smaller female choir of around 20 singers and based in Bramcote, Nottingham and Higher A Choir a group of up to 50 mixed singers taking on everything from an Evensong to a Festival.
He is no stranger to Male Voice Choirs as his father Peter Watts was a founder member of Radcliffe on Trent Male Voice Choir! Under Ian’s leadership the choir has been rejuvenated and has met the many new challenges and standards he has set. He works tirelessly outside the Choir to develop the choir’s repertoire, produce learning tracks and plan the rehearsal schedule and concert content. He brings a new style of learning with multi-track sung versions of the songs to learn and focusses highly on performance and entertainment standards. Under his guidance the choir continues to become even more professional and confident in its performances and stage craft.
Ian is a great advocate of other choirs in the area and often finds ways of supporting them where he can, he also enjoys sitting in on a rehearsal or even singing with other friendly choirs in the region.
Assistant Musical Director – Andrew Atkinson
Andrew conducts and rehearses the choir as a Deputy Musical Director covering concerts and rehearsals as necessary, but is also involved with repertoire choice, interpretation and quality of singing as well as bringing his fun and challenging warm ups. Andrew brings his vast choral experience to the game (especially in church music) and he also sings as a Second Tenor in the choir.
Principal Accompanist – Roger Holland
Roger’s playing is exceptional, being highly praised by one of the world’s finest opera singers, Rebecca Evans after he accompanied her at the Royal Concert Hall. He is in his second spell with Carlton, having first played for the Choir between 1984 and 1991, before returning in 2001.
Roger was born in Nottingham and brought up in Carlton itself prior to moving on to study and graduate at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is immensely experienced as an accompanist, having worked with choirs, chamber groups and musical theatre. As a piano soloist, he has made recordings for local and national BBC radio. Roger takes an active and important role within rehearsal nights expressing his views and ideas whilst accompanying the choir which truly reflects the team approach found at Carlton MVC.
Deputy Accompanist – John Sellers
John studied at Huddersfield school of music, the Royal Northern College of Music and then at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. He was Accompanist from 1991 to 1999 and returned in 2003 as Deputy Accompanist. A very accomplished pianist, John brings his own flamboyant style and soloist expertise and can often be heard on the piano stool improvising a solo!
Deputy Accompanist – Anne Hall
The choir is proud to have two Deputy Accompanists in our music team. Anne is also the accompanist for the Woodthorpe Singers and the Saturday Singers and as such has gained a wealth of experience, she also helps the choir with its image and often sneaks into the audience to gain an audience perspective of the choirs performance, feeding back to the team. Anne’s often heard to say “it’s good, but let’s see what we can do to make it even better!”
Carlton Male Voice Choir is greatly indebted for the work that our music team put in and we hope our performances do full justice to their efforts.
The Section Leaders
Section leaders hold a massively important role, generally taking care of members in their section and encouraging professionalism and commitment from their section members.
The role of the Section Leaders is to:
- Organise their sections at rehearsals and concerts
- Monitor attendance
- Assign mentors to support prospective new members
- Ensure their members are supplied with CDs and sheet music
- Support each member in their ongoing development
- Assist the Musical Director with the sections’ musical performance
Section Leader – First Tenors – Andrew Moffatt
Section Leader – Second Tenors – Derek Thorne
Section Leader – Baritones – Mick Walker
Section Leader – Basses – Ian Andrews
The Library Team
Carlton Male Voice Choir owns a massive collection of music built up over many years and we pride ourselves on acting responsibly with copyright law by purchasing official copies of score of every piece for every member. The important job of managing this large library of music is undertaken by our Library Team who work hard to manage the inventory, receive and file new items and issue music to choristers, working closely with the Musical Director to ensure that the right music is available 100% of the time for all of our singers. Our Library Team consists of Jean Lacey, John Collier and Ian Rowbotham.
Library Team – Jean Lacey
Library Team – Ian Rowbotham
Library Team – John Collier
The Choir Support Group (CSG)
The Carlton Male Voice Choir Support Group (CSG) was formed in 1990 by Sheelagh Carney who suggested that ladies interested in helping the choir with fund raising should meet to discuss ways to do this. There was an excellent turnout at the first meeting, and the Ladies Support Group was duly set up. A committee was formed and the group went straight into fund-raising. In 2019 the group voted to update the name to the Carlton Support Group.
Over the years the group has held dances, jumble sales, flea markets, floral and patchwork demonstrations, cake decorating, cosmetic/make-up evenings, quizzes, talks and visits to name but a few. The group has gone from strength to strength and has raised many thousands of pounds to help the choir with their charitable works, pay for new uniforms and equipment and assist with financial help for choir tours. As such a member attends every choir committee meeting representing the important view of the C.S.G.
The group meet regularly to arrange events and their fund raising has brought many highlights and lasting memories for everyone involved. The success of the group is due to the hard work and dedication of all its members, past and present.
‘Friends of Carlton MVC’
Carlton MVC is very fortunate to have the valuable support of our many Friends of Carlton MVC, led by John Hardiman, Life Member of the choir and Tamar Holland.
Others who help us
Compére – Howard Ketton
Howard offers a professional face at our most prestigious events, bringing a larger event under control with his introductions, stories and wit.
Logistics Operations – Dennis Clifton
The ‘unsung hero’ who works behind the scenes of the choir, Dennis can usually be found stood at the back of the concert hall whilst the choir performs but his role is endless. From driving the choir trailer of equipment to venues and managing the set up to running the coach on choir tours to welcoming an audience on the door to finding a screw to fix a broken music stand Dennis is the ‘turn to’ man. Dennis is usually the first to arrive at the venue and the last to leave but always has a smile on his face!
Conductor Emeritus – Terry Moore
Terry was the Musical Director of Carlton MVC from 1995 to 2016, following on from Roger Pilgrim and Bob Davies, Under Terry the choir flourished for 21 years (and some 200 songs) through good repertoire choice and sensible recruitment. Terry was instrumental in the formation of the Music Makers Competition. He retired after long service but still maintains an active interest in the choirs’ ongoing progress as ‘Conductor Emeritus’, advising Ian (MD) on musical matters, helping with marketing, attending tours and even conducting the choir for informal occasions. He was awarded a Life Vice Presidency for his commitment and service to the choir and is really loved by the choristers being a ‘Carlton Man’ through and through.