New face at the helm for Pye Hill MVC

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The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir (PH&DMVC) has recently appointed the vastly experienced Linda Darnell as their new musical director, which heralds an exciting future for the choir.

Linda has an extensive stage and broadcasting career and has toured nationally with the former D’oyly Carte Opera Company. She has sung in numerous other productions in a career spanning 50 years and has performed at many famous theatres, including Sadlers Wells, Covent Garden, Nongoma in South Africa and Sydney Opera House, Australia.

Locally, Linda was part of East Midlands Music Theatre where she gave the world premiere of the operas The Ghost of a Hand by John Ogden and Moonflowers by Tony Arnell.

Linda has conducted and mentored many local choirs and societies, including the Underwood and Bagthorpe Ladies Choir, The Underwood Singers, The Chatsworth Singers, Ravenshead Gilbert and Sullivan Society and her own ensembles Cantorum and the Darnell Singers.

Linda is well known both locally and nationally as a voice teacher and many of her students are accepted at music and drama colleges and go on to work professionally in the industry. Linda also gives masterclasses, lectures and talks about her life in music and will be celebrating ‘Fifty Fabulous Years on Stage’ later this year. Linda was made a fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians for her long service in the music industry as a performer, conductor and teacher.

She said: “I’m thrilled at becoming musical director of the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir who I have heard perform many times in concert over the years and also once sang as a soloist in the past.

“I’m looking forward to directing the choir through its busy programme, including its May tour to the Isle of Wight and in September hosting Cwmbran Male Voice Choir in a joint concert. I’m aware of the choir’s history and heritage from its birth in 1903 and look forward to helping write new exciting chapters.

“I share the choirs aspirations in what it wishes to achieve, its aims to increase in size, raise as much money for charities and good causes as possible, to sing at new venues, the occasional music festival and to continue build positive relationships in the local community and with other choral groups.”

Malcolm Hill of the choir “feels that choir members have quickly taken to Linda and her style of teaching and respect her musical knowledge, demonstrated first by making simple but very important improvements to songs they have performed for many years. There is a buzz about the choir and Linda’s gentle humour, pleasant personality, and positive feedback make it a pleasure to attend practise and concerts.”

The choir has also been recently boosted by Dr. Peter Revill becoming President and also joining as chorister.

New members are always welcome, both experienced and beginners. Come and join the choir at the Dale Club, Jacksdale, on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. for rehearsal and fun. Further details are available regarding concerts, bookings and recruitment at www.pyehillmvc.co.uk or phone Malcolm Hill on 07706 036946.