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The Choir was founded in 1983 by Sam Simons, with Nigel Brooks as its first Musical Director. Nigel was succeeded by Martin Stuart in 1988.

Early rehearsals (with about 6 initial respondees to an advert placed by Sam in the local Epsom paper) were at Rosebery School in Epsom.   Growing numbers led to an agreement with the landlord of the Rising Sun  in Heathcote Road for regular Wednesday night practices at the pub.  A later move took us to the United Reformed Church Hall in Ewell, our home ever since.

Neil MacKay became MD in 1995 and in 2009, we were delighted to welcome Juliet Hornby as Deputy MD.   Juliet has conducted the Choir very successfully in concert, and continues to work with us.

In February 2014 we appointed Ian Assersohn as our Musical Director to succeed Neil. Membership has continued to increase (currently to around 60) and our repertoire has extended to well over 300 pieces.

A page of historic Choir photos can be found here.  A page of Programme covers from past performances is linked here.

Since 2004, the Choir has made several visits to Epsom’s twin town, Chantilly in France. We have been warmly welcomed by the townspeople and look forward to future occasions.

In 2012, we joined London Welsh MVC and others at one of the most prestigious MVC events - the biennial "Thousand Voices Sing" festival hosted by LWMVC at the Albert Hall in London.  This memorable occasion included the very successful performance of a new Karl Jenkins work, The Hero's Journey, along with a range of MVC favourites in old and new arrangements.

Between 2011 and 2017, we took part in the biennial Cornwall International Male Voice Choir Festival, giving several performances while enjoying Cornish hospitality and the pleasure of joining excellent choirs from around the world. In 2014, Ian Assersohn's new setting of Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar" won the Festival Composers' Competition and the Choir premièred this at Truro Cathedral in the opening Gala Concert in 2015.

Epsom Male Voice Choir 2018