Male voice choir appoints honorary president

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BACKWORTH Male Voice Choir has appointed an honorary president.

The choir’s recent concert at Whitley Bay’s St John’s Church with internationally renowned musician Dr Alwyn Humphreys MBE, was so successful that the choir has asked him to be their first honorary president.

This will include him serving as an advisor and consultant to the choir.

Deputy musical director Andrew Mair said: “This is fantastic for the choir. We are thrilled that such a well known, respected and talented musician has agreed to formally be associated with us and take an active role in our future endeavours. “The choir is most certainly 60 years young and we have a lot to look forward as we continue to progress and play an active part in the region’s musical scene.”

Alwyn was created an MBE in the Queen’s 2001 New Year’s Honours List for services to music in Wales, and in July 2006 was awarded a doctorate in music by the University of Hull, having been the musical director of the world famous Morriston Orpheus Choir for an impressive 25 years.

Chairman of the choir Mel Prater said: “We are delighted and honoured that such an internationally known musician has agreed to be our honorary president, mentor and consultant in all musical matters and we look forward to his continued work with the choir which will be of great benefit to us.”