The Daleian Singers
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Glynn Edwards has been our Musical Director since 1981 continuing a family tradition, Glynn’s father, Frank, was one of our original First Tenors and also assistant M.D. for many years.
The Daleian Singers originated in the mining village of Silverdale, North Staffordshire in 1957 formed by a mixed group of choristers drawn from both the local Methodist chapels which had a rich choral tradition, and from local operatic societies. Envisaged as an ‘entertainers’ choir as a counterpoint to the more traditional choral groups in the area the choir nevertheless soon racked up an excellent competition record to complement their concert success. This has continued to the present day; winning both the Male Voice and the Open Choral trophies at Biddulph Music Festival in 2014 and in November 2015 taking home the prestigious Male Voice title at the North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno. We have since followed this up by retaining our title in Llandudno this November 2016.
The choir have sung with many illustrious guests over the years including; Joan Sutherland, Stuart Burrows, Alfie Boe and bands such as the James Shepherd versatile brass and the Fodens Works Brass Band.
One of our original choristers, Harry Brereton (Bass), is still singing in the choir and our current membership is around 60. We have a good social calendar with trips to the theatre and weekends away (hopefully incorporating a concert) and it’s always enjoyable to continue the concerts in the nearest pub.
We are also unique amongst Male Voice Choirs (so far as we believe) in having a street (or to be more accurate, a forecourt) named after us.
We rehearsed at Silverdale County Primary school for many years until a new school was built and the old one demolished; Daleian Court occupies the area that used to be the school playground.
Susan Talbot is both our accompanist and our Chairwoman; at the North Wales Choral Festival in Llandudno she received this accolade:
“It’s not a competition for Accompanists, or Musical Directors, but we feel that the Accompanist for The Daleian Singers deserves special mention”
Mervyn Cousins, Mark Grindall, Bernie Sherlock
Adjudicators, North Wales Choral Festival