History

Formed in April 1968, the Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir has built a reputation and tradition for music to entertain a wide variety of audiences. The Choir provides a pleasant musical hobby for its members and a means of enhancing the relationship between the Police and the public that they serve. Membership is drawn from all ranks of serving and retired Police Officers, from Officers of the Special Constabulary, from Police employed personnel and friends of Suffolk Constabulary. Usually the Choir has membership of between twenty and twenty-five singers.

Many concerts have been given over the years throughout Suffolk and beyond raising money for many good causes.

Invitations from abroad have resulted in concerts in Gothenburg Cathedral, Sweden, the Bad Zalzuflen Theatre, Detmold, Germany, the Congresgebouw, the Hague, Netherlands and in the Lutherhaus, Wesel, Germany.

Return visits from choirs of these countries have resulted in the introduction of new music to Suffolk audiences and into the Choir's own repertoire. In 2003, the Choir returned to Gothenburg for a third time, to celebrate, the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Gothenburg Police Choir and gave concerts with other choirs from Sweden, Germany, Finland and England.

The Choir has participated regularly in competitions and with other choirs in massed singing. The Choir took part in both 'Festivals of Police Male Voice Choirs' held in the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1987 and 1990. In 2000 the Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir participated in the 'Festival of Police Music', which was held at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.

In October 2004 the Risca Male Choir from Wales visited Suffolk and performed a joint concert with the Suffolk Constabulary Male Voice Choir in Stowmarket.

Members of the Choir participated in two editions of the BBC television programme 'Songs of Praise' in Newmarket and in Bury St Edmunds Cathedral.

In 1975, the Choir produced its first stereo long playing record, followed by a second in 1980. Since then the Choir has recorded a number of cassettes and CD's. To mark the occasion of the Choir's 40th Anniversary in 2008 the Choir has recorded a new CD 'Songs From Constable Country' and made an appearance on BBC Look East.

Secretary - Stephen Wade - 01449 672600 - scmvc@scwade.eclipse.co.uk