We are hoping to restart rehearsals at St Hilda's in September after the committee meet to consider different options.

The best night of the week!

In a normal year, Backworth Male Voice Choir practices each Wednesday night at   St Hilda’s Church, North Shields and perform in a number of concerts. Some of the concerts raise money for a charity such as “Guide dogs for the Blind”. The Covid-19 crisis threw this schedule into chaos with all practices and concerts having to be cancelled or postponed.

As with many organisations the choir have embraced using Zoom even though this was new to many of the choir members. Ably supported by of IT expert, Gareth Ayres, the choir has now had over forty Zoom practices led by their Musical Director Andrew Clarence. Generally over 20 members participate in the sessions with about 2/3rds having attended at least once. Not bad for a choir of over 60 members!

The practices usually begin with a 10 minute warm up and then a number of the songs from the current repertoire are sung with relevant advice from the MD. Teach tracks for each of the songs are available in tenor, baritone and bass so that members, if they wish, can put on a pair of earphones and practice at other times. As far as we know there have been no complaints from any neighbours.

In the last half hour the choir socialises with a chosen topic used as an ice-breaker. These have included:- the history of sea shanties, sausages (including the world’s longest), favourite recipes etc. According to one of the members “It’s the best night of the week, although it would be great to get back to normal”

A number of prospective new members have also attended the Zoom sessions. Nick said “It’s a fun night, totally different to my usual evening”.

Join Us

Do you want to:-
Feel good
Reduce stress
Improve your social life
Make new friends
Enjoy trips away
Boost your self-esteem
........and maybe even stop snoring?

Singing in a choir is beneficial in so many different ways and Backworth Male Voice Choir is currently recruiting new members.

                                                                                                                    Don’t worry if you can’t read music or you are not sure about whether you are a tenor, baritone or bass. You will be given expert guidance, encouragement and an opportunity to develop your musical talents.

If you are interested in singing why not come along to one of our  rehearsals any Wednesday night from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at

Saint Hilda's Church
Stanton Road
Preston Gate
North Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE30 3PH

Or for an informal chat about Backworth Choir please contact the Secretary or ring Gerry on  07963515190



Malcolm Stafford 1st Tenor
I became a member of the BMVC after going to see them at the Whitley Bay Playhouse, up till that point I had only sang with my church choir on a Sunday morning. The next day like you, I was having a look at the web site and found the phone number and gave the choir a call.
The people I spoke to could not have been more helpful and made the path to my first rehearsal so much easier.
At first I sat in with the baritones and one of the lads gave me the music so I could sing along, as always they could not help me enough and I enjoyed my first night being part of the BMVC and the nice cup of tea. The thing I like about our rehearsals is no one is ever singled out; no one has to sing on their own or will ever be embarrassed by the other members. That's not to say we don't have a laugh (because we do)
I have been a member for a few years now and still feel it's the best phone call I ever made.
So like me, if you like to sing (and you don't have to be Alfie Boe), make that call come and join BMVC.

Paul Robson, Baritone
The dedication, professionalism and friendliness of the choir is exceptional.

Colin Lawton, Baritone                                                                             Colin Lawton joined the choir 50 years ago and is the choir’s longest serving member. Colin says that he plans to go on singing “for another ten or twenty years as long as my voice lasts and more importantly my memory, because we have to sing without a copy of words or music.

Andy Rutherford, Bass
Joining the choir has proved to be the best and most important social decision I have made in recent years. The enjoyment of Choral music has become an important aspect of my life, providing both a real artistic element and new found friends of similar interests.
I continue to enjoy the benefits of choral singing, socialising and the presentation of local and continental public concerts. Rehearsal is also an essential part of choral singing and readers with musical interests and some singing ability, should consider joining a local choir for the pleasures and benefits I have mentioned.