The Malvern Singers
The choir was founded in 1969, when it was originally called the West Malvern Choral Society and subsequently became The West Malvern Singers. When they moved to Great Malvern, and because members now came from a much wider area, it was decided to drop the “West” from the title, and so in 1992 The Malvern Singers came into being. Under the guidance of their musical director Edwina Ward, who joined them in 1989 the Singers have further enhanced their reputation, winning the Helen Cass Cup in the Choirs Open Class Competition at the Worcester Music Festival for two years running, contributing to a BBC Hereford and Worcester CD of Christmas music, performing with the Kidderminster Valentines, Malvern, Kidderminster, and Worcester Male Choirs and joining the Massed Choirs at the Birmingham Indoor Arena as part of the Birmingham Tattoo. They have also performed concerts abroad, in Belgium and Normandy. This is in addition to their concert work for societies/clubs, homes for the elderly, and helping to celebrate special events. Two major concerts are given each year in July and December and have raised several thousands of pounds for chosen charities.

In 2005 Audrey Speechley the choir’s accompanist for thirty six years retired, and Ron Ward has now taken her place at the piano, not only is he a talented and versatile accompanist, he is also a highly accomplished organist. From 1973 to 1984 he was Musical Director of the West Malvern Singers, and his wife sang in the choir, so they have a long association with the Singers.

The Malvern Singers repertoire covers a wide range of music from spiritual, classical, and popular to songs from the shows. They have sung at many different venues, including on top of the Malvern Hills in a gale force wind at a hill naming ceremony!

In 2009 they celebrated forty years of singing and hopefully will continue their aim to foster the love of good music, entertain the public and assist charitable organisations for many more years to come.