Four years ago I posted on You Tube our choir singing at St. John’s Church, Llandudno. I also posed the following challenge to the future of male voice choirs.
“The tradition and future of male voice choirs is disappearing fast. The average age of choristers is rising each year. The worry is that no younger people are joining as replacements. Yet, male voice choirs remain popular ie. ‘Fron Male Voice Choir’ and ‘Only Men Aloud’ have recently become national icons.
We need somehow to encourage young men. People who like singing should join their local male voice choir. This is vital to secure the future of male voice choirs.
One of Wales’ prime cultural and traditional institutions.”
In response I received the following comments on the You Tube website from MEPhI Male Choir: National Research Nuclear University, Moscow
“For our male voice choir it is easier to keep the tradition. Because we are a University’s choir and have a permanent inflow of young choristers. 10-20 students start to sing in the choir in their freshman year. 5-10 keep on singing till the end of their study, 1-5 do not leave the choir after graduation.
Most students leave the choir. Still half of the choir’s concert part is represented by the young generation.”
The Future of Male Voice Choirs
It’s a pity that the tradition of male voice choirs in Wales is disappearing. There will be no problem with young choristers in colleges and universities. The older and younger people are together in the same district. They also have a closer relationship as members of the same educational community.”
What is to going to reverse the situation? Is forging links with schools and colleges the answer?