The Moorland Voices journey
Moorland Voices was formed in January 2014 and is based in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands.
We are a small chamber choir of about 24 voices and take an unusual “collaborative” approach in that we have no single musical director, instead drawing on the skills of choir members.
Since our formation we have performed a wide and varied repertoire to considerable acclaim, and even accepted an invitation to tour South Africa over Easter 2017. During this tour we performed Stainer’s Crucifixion in Grahamstown Cathedral on Easter Saturday. In April 2018 the choir performed in Friesland in The Netherlands, so we are truly a choir of international repute.
It was with much regret that Moorland Voices cancelled its entire 2020 performance schedule but in 2021 our wedding and Christmas bookings made the latter part of 2021 memorable for the right reasons.
During 2022 we organised a choral workshop in Stoke Minster along with a summer concert in Endon and full performance of Chilcott's Christmas Oratorio in December 2022.
We are continuing to work on our 2023 repertoire and looking forward to our Autumn & Christmas performances .
As part of our commitment to life-long learning, the choir has organised a number of choral workshops which are open to all regardless of age or ability. For these workshops we have been fortunate enough to secure the services of Nigel M Taylor to lead them. Nigel is a leading authority on music education and was for many years head of Staffordshire Performing Arts. He is an inspiring and entertaining leader and as a result our workshops are attended by around a hundred guests each time.
Moorland Voices, though still a relatively new choir, are delighted to have raised many thousands of pounds for charities both local and further afield. These include The Donna-Louise Trust, NSPCC and in South Africa, Joza Reading Club. We welcome opportunities to show our commitment to good causes, so please do get in touch if we may be able to help with yours.
Moorland Voices is actively recruiting for an additional two tenors and two basses. The ability to read music, whilst helpful, is not essential. If interested, please contact John Norclliffe on 07717 288991 or click the link below.