Reading Festival of Choirs
March 28th 2009
The choir has many achievements.
Every year it raises thousands of pounds for local charities over a wide area with a concert every
month. We have links with other choirs in Europe and make a tour most years. For example, in 2007, we
travelled to Düsseldorf and officially represented Reading in the 60th anniversary of the twinning of the two towns.
The choir has won the BBC's national
contest "Let the People Sing", appeared(bottom half of the chorus in Die Fledermaus at Sadler's
Wells and the Royal Albert Hall; performed with the bands of the Parachute Regiment and the Life Guards before audiences of
3,000 at Cliveden. The list goes on. In May this year we gave two concerts in Innsbruck (Austria).
One of the keys to the appeal of the choir is its, wide ranging repertoire.
Off stage the 70 members enjoy an active social life. There is a supporters club essentially for wives and
GWYN ARCH our
musical director founded the Reading Male Voice Choir in 1971. He was Director of Music at Bulmershe College of
Higher Education until his retirement in 1985. A Composition Fellow of Trinity College , London, and a Licentiate of the Royal
Academy of Music, he has composed hundreds of songs and choral works, particularly arrangements for both mixed and male voices. He is one of the most frequently performed arrangers of male choir
music in the country. He examined for the Associated Board for ten years. Gwyn is also the Musical Director of the
very popular South Chiltern Choral Society. In the little spare time available to him he enjoys playing jazz piano.
was awarded the MBE for services to music in Berkshire in the 2006 Queens Birthday Honours List.
Deputy Musical Director
CLIVE WATERMAN is the Choir's accompanist and deputy musical director. He is well known as a conductor and arranger for children's
groups. He served for many years as a primary school Head teacher, as musical director of the Woodley and Earley Primary
Schools' Music Association, and has been a Trustee of the Berkshire Maestros, which encourages children's involvement
in music throughout Berkshire. Currently he is leading Wokingham District Council's "Music for All" project, encouraging in
excess of a thousand of the area's children to participate in major concert performances.