The decline in Male Voice Choir membership is well documented.
Where is the next generation of young choristers coming from?
Who is going to save our male voice choirs?
The plight of falling membership of male voice choirs has featured on these pages before. The blog referred to the challenge to male voice choirs to sustain membership numbers.
The Tradition of Welsh Male Voice Choirs
It was commonplace for male voice choirs to have large numbers of choristers. The so called ‘big choirs’ had more than a hundred voices.
The contrast with present day numbers is plain to see. The vast majority of choirs admit to falling numbers.
But is it a reflection on the dwindling and parlous state of our male voice choirs?
Save our Male Voice Choirs
At times of need something has to happen. Someone has a bright idea. A leader emerges.
In our Save Our Male Voice Choirs case it is Blaenavon Male Voice Choir who have taken the lead role.
They have been making a TV documentary called Save Our Male Voice Choirs. The film looks to encourage new and younger members to join them.
The film not only follows Blaenavon MVC but a host of other notable singers and choirs.
BBC Breakfast show discuss Save Our Male Voice Choirs on the famous red sofa. You can watch the footage below:
As a result, can the Blaenavon MVC inspire young people to want to learn more about Welsh culture? Can they help choirs across Wales to bring in new, younger members?
Will they secure the future of choirs? Through sharing their tradition, passion and patriotism with the next generation?
Can they save our male voice choirs? Watch this space.