History of Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir

Late in the year of 1959, a small group of men gathered round a piano in the Lion Hotel, Shrewsbury, they had enjoyed a convivial evening and were in the mood to sing. They so enjoyed themselves that on the suggestion of one of the men – Mr Harold Hunt – they decided to form a male voice choir.

Mr Hunt had been a member of the Rolls Royce (Derby) Male Voice Choir and he missed his singing when he moved to Shrewsbury. Rehearsals began under the baton of Harold Hunt and in early 1960 under the title of ‘Rolls-Royce (Shrewsbury) Male Voice Choir, they gave their first concert at Pulverbach, Nr Shrewsbury, and soon became a busy and popular choir.

The choir can boast several of the original members are still within its ranks. The acquisition of the company by Perkins forced a name change, but in 1990, the Perkins Engine Male Voice Choir, as it was known then, dropped its links with the company and became the – SHREWSBURY MALE VOICE CHOIR.