About Chelmsford Male Voice Choir

The origins of Chelmsford Male Voice Choir (CMVC) can be traced back to 1900. See our History.
The choir members are proud to wear the crest of the City of Chelmsford.

In 2015 the Choir became a registered charity, the aims of which are to promote, improve, develop, and maintain public education in the appreciation of the art and science of choral music in all its aspects. These aims are achieved primarily by performing concerts, raising worthwhile funds for good causes.
The choir’s highlight appearances have included Festivals of Male Voices at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014 and 2016, with audiences in excess of 5,000. We perform in various venues including regular performances to capacity audiences at lunchtime concerts in Chelmsford Cathedral.

Variety is the hallmark of our concert performances and our repertoire ranges widely, from choral works to arrangements of ‘pop’ classics and songs from the shows.
With Covid hopefully behind us, we resumed full rehearsals in early 2021 in preparation for upcoming concerts under our Musical Director Joanne Schultz who took over from our late Musical Director, Eddie Carden. She is well known and respected for her work with the Chelmsford Salvation Army Songsters. You can view her biography here.
Joanne Schultz decided to retire from the position of Music Director in December 2022 and had been working with the Choir since just before the Covid lockdown in 2020. Joanne was instrumental in keeping the Choir together during the periods of lockdown and related restrictions occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic during much of her tenure, by directing the choir’s rehearsals from home; and sometimes whilst on holiday; on Zoom for those who could log-in to rehearse.

Our current Musical Director is Paul Smith BMus (Hons) who took over from 10th January 2023. Paul is currently the Musical Director for Allegro, an Essex based mixed choir of 16 singers and is experienced in arranging music to fit the requirements of the choir and musicians. In addition, Paul is also Head of Music at South Essex College where he teaches on the Music Diploma and Degree programmes, specialising in Music Singing, Voice Coaching and Music Theory. We look forward to working with Paul to bring the Choir up to full concert performance standards in 2023.

More information about the choir can be found on our Facebook page here.
If you would like to book the choir to perform, please email the Concert Manager Alan Cowell:

We have recently received, with grateful thanks, donations from:
  • The Bartleet Family Fund, through Essex Community Foundation
  • The Fowler, Smith and Jones Trust
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