Norwich’s Phoenix Male Voice Choir came about as the result of several coincidental events. Firstly, the Norfolk Millennium Male Voice Choir had disbanded in 2009 after several successful years, which left several of its previous members at a loose end. Then, after a while, a number of them wondered whether starting a new male choir was feasible and they began to research the new project. Thirdly, music and arts management post-graduate Sarah Sheldrake (now Sarah Grimes) had a long-held ambition to be involved as the Musical Director of a male voice choir with its distinctive sound and tradition a particular love for her, and the local opportunity was now presenting itself. Next, from an original meeting, a fruitful recruitment drive followed which brought together a good number of male singers as its inaugural members and, finally, Phoenix’s new choir rose from the ‘ashes’ of the predecessor choir into its first public performance on 10th July 2010.
Since then, it has regularly held concerts of male voice choral song in Norwich and further afield, and has twice supported ‘The People’s Soprano’ Rebecca Newman on her visits to Norwich. It is also forging links with other male choirs, hosting them on their visits to Norfolk in joint concerts, and planning return visits to sing outside the County. A particular highlight for the Choir was as one of the Four Choirs in Concert at Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral in April 2018, a gala night organised by the National Association of Choirs, where our Musical Director, Sarah Grimes, not only led us in our set, but in the evening’s massed 4-choir finale of well over 100 voices.
The Phoenix Male Voice Choir are delighted to recognise the Priscilla Bacon Support Group as its Charity of the Year for 2019 and wish the Group well in its fundraising through its Bucket Collections and from sharing Raffle Proceeds at our Concerts during the year.