President – George Curley
George first became a supporter of the choir in 1957 when he read of the choir’s success at the Blackpool Music Festival; at that time the Musical Director was Mr. Albert Walton who’s daughter, Janet, her elder brother, George, and two sisters were regular attendees at the Watchhorn Church in Alfreton. George Curley had been a regular attender from the age of four, and so grew up with the family.
One of his earliest memories, and one which particularly sparked his interest in music, are of a concert in the Watchorn basement where Wilfred Clarke, along with Anne Judson, sang ‘Take Care, Take Care’ . Wilf had a wonderful voice and it had such a profound effect on George that it remains a vivid memory to this day. Wilf’s son Jeff subsequently joined AMVC and has remained a loyal, conscientious and talented member for many years.
George became a regular supporter at choir appearances but, despite his love of the music, he was, sadly, unable to sing himself.
The choir took it’s present form in 1971 when there was a brief amalgamation with The Pye Hill Choir (see HISTORY), though some of the circumstances of this event are lost. The President then was Higham butcher Mr. Walter Burrows . Sadly in 1987, Mr Burrows passed away and George was invited to take over as President. George has always considered this an honour and a privilege and, for the last 31 years, the choir has been delighted that he has continued to carry this roll with such dedication..
Memories of those years are many and varied. Annual festivals with Alfreton Ladies Choir and Rhodian Brass, concerts with Breaston Ladies, Vernon Midgley and Riddings Band; two visits to Cardiff Arms Park to appear with 10,000 voices, one with Tom Jones and one with Shirley Bassey; several concerts at Tibshelf Church , Sutton in Ashfield, four concerts with Blackpool star organist Phil Kelsall and over 50 appearances at Willersley Castle. Somewhere along the way there was a meeting with Polperro Male Voice Choir.
George felt honoured and privileged to accompany the choir to The Royal Albert Hall for the Festival of Brass and Voices in 2015, and looks forward to a similar privilege in 2018.
During his Presidency, George has seen the choir perform under several Musical Directors; Frank Smith, John Wheatley, Lewis Spencer, Kathryn Haslam and Alan Randle.
George has appreciated the last 10 years progress under the leadership of Terry Clay, supported by Lisa and Michael on piano, and wishes to express his thanks for the honour and privilege of continuing as President, and thanks for the friendship shown to himself and his wife Sue.
Our Next Event
It was agreed at Committee that, after the resounding success of this years concert, we endorse the commitment for next year and begin preparations. More details to follow.
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