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
The Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Amber Valley, Councillor John Walker and Mrs Angela Walker, are hosting the Council’s Annual Civic Service which is to be held at the Watchorn …
Lark in the Park
Sunday 30th June saw a lovely sunny afternoon ideal for the Lark in the Park at Belper Memorial Gardens. A sizeable audience seemed to enjoy performances from the Belper Musical Theatre and …
As announced earlier, our annual Showcase Concert is to take place on 19th October 2019. To support our performance and for your further entertainment, we have secured the services of John Barker …
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