About us

The Backworth Male Voice Choir was founded in 1951 by miners of the Backworth Colliery. Our first Musical Director was Joe King, the Colliery Manager, and although the Colliery is long since closed, there is still a close association and affection for our heritage.

The Choir performs extensively throughout the region and beyond, supporting charity initiatives as well as performing alongside some of the region's finest instrumental/choral ensembles and soloists.

The Choir have toured Europe on a number of occasions having visited Germany, France and Belgium as well as playing host to a number of European choirs on UK tours. In June the Choir travelled to Germany to meet up with old friends from the Bergischer Mannerchor, Solingen and to take part in a series of special concerts. Both choirs were asked to sing at the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Finkenweder Choir, Hamburg.

The Choir have been fortunate to have had a number of well established and distinguished conductors who have all brought their own unique styles and ideas. Today the choir are under the leadership of Andrew Clarence.

Today’s Choir is a seventy strong community choir, attracting members from all walks of life. We are proud to support the work of many regionally charities and organisations through our performances.

The Prostate Cancer UK

Prostate Cancer UK will benefit to the sum of 1,100 thanks to the efforts of Backworth and Pelenna  Male Voice Choirs.

Pelenna Male Voice Choir from Neath near Port Talbot joined up with Backworth to perform an excellent concert in North Shields for this important charity.

Guests packed into St. Hilda’s Church and were entertained to a full programme from both choirs.

Gerry Killen, chair of Backworth takes up the story “We were expecting something special on the evening. The climax of the night was over 80 guys in perfect harmony nearly “bringing the roof down” with Morte Criste, American Trilogy and Gwahoddiad. We thank all the guys and our guests for their contributions.”

The photograph shows the Chairman of Backworth MVC, Gerry Killen, together with Publicity Officer John Swinburne presenting a cheque, for 1100 to David Forrester (Prostate Cancer UK North East representative) just before a choir practice at St Hilda’s, North Shields.

David told choir members that all the money raised would be used in the North East to support prostate cancer initiatives at Newcastle University and at the Centre for Life. He then stayed for over an hour listening to Backworth preparing for their next concert.