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Carlton choir set to play Nottingham’s Albert Hall

The concert has been dubbed "The calm within the storm" by MD Ian Watts.


Carlton Male Voice Choir can be heard at their Festival Concert being held at Nottingham’s Albert Hall on April 22.

The city’s largest lower voice choir is also hosting special guests Pitch and Mix at the event, an A Cappella Barbershop choir adding another style.

The concert has been dubbed “The calm within the storm” by musical director Ian Watts.

Carlton’s guests also include performers from their Music Team, Roger Holland, John Sellers, and Anne Hall.

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The Festival Concert will also feature a new piece by local composer David Machell called Evensong, which has been composed specifically for Carlton MVC.

The story is set on a hot summer’s evening in a part of Nottinghamshire, where every window is open to catch a passing breeze. In a back room, a pianist is practicing for an up and coming piano concerto. Not too far away, a choir is rehearsing for evensong. Different as their musical styles are, the two sounds seem to blend in the hot night air, taking the inhabitants on an unexpected journey of meditation and calm”.

More about the choir…

Carlton Male Voice Choir is a choir of lower voices led by Musical Director Ian Watts. Performances range from festivals and car shows to concert halls, parks and public spaces often for deserving charity causes and sometimes with guests choirs and artists.

The choir performs a large and varied ‘progressive’ repertoire carefully selected to suit a wide variety of tastes to satisfy their flexible concert performance requirement.

A CMVC spokesman said “We can do this well, both formally and informally when required, we don’t wear blazers, but instead perform in modern cut suits.

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“We are not a religiously affiliated organisation and are ‘secular’ although we do sing some religious pieces of music.

“The choir renews its repertoire constantly with new and exciting music for lower voices, rejuvenating and improving its sound. Of course, as a male voice choir we traditionally sing the odd hymn, but we endeavour to remain absolutely relevant and our current repertoire contains all types of music from classical to jazz, pop to opera, we also commission our very own music by local composers; you can see we are certainly not just hymn singers!”

Tickets for the Albert Hall event are available from Eventbrite, or from Choir members. Tickets cost £15 each with a Group booking offer; bring a party of ten and pay for 9 tickets at £135, 10th ticket free. Minimum purchase is 10 tickets for this offer.

Further information and contact details for the Carlton Male Voice Choir can be found on their facebook page HERE or from

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