“Voicemale is a men’s folk choir established in 2000 by Sandra Kerr and 20,000 Voices. The choir is based, and has deep roots, in the North East of England. Now under the directorship of Graham Stacy, the choir’s broad repertoire includes traditional songs from the British Isles, with particular emphasis on the rich and varied tradition of our own region – Northumberland and Tyneside – together with contemporary material and folk songs from around the world. Arrangements by Graham and Sandra range from the traditional to the exciting and innovative and are performed with wit and humour. The growing reputation and popularity of the choir have led to concert performances throughout the region in historic venues such as Warkworth Castle, Wallington Hall, The Castle Keep, Newcastle, Newcastle Cathedral, and Brinkburn Priory. Remaining close to our communities is important to the choir, and this is reflected in appearances at the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival, the Morpeth Gathering, the Swaledale Festival, and many folk clubs, churches and village halls.
The choir have performed at the Coleraine International Choral Festival in Northern Ireland, and have toured in Slovenia (2008) and Germany (2015).
Voicemale have recorded four CDs – three of them together with Werca’s Folk, the Northumbrian women’s choir directed by Sandra Kerr. In the summer of 2013 Voicemale received a grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund to carry out a community singing project, The Coble, the Kye and the Coal, together with Werca’s Folk, reflecting on Northumberland’s maritime, rural and industrial culture.
Meeting and sharing with other choirs is an important part of the Voicemale experience, and our friendly contacts extend from Scotland through Europe to Australia. We look forward eagerly to singing in Thropton in support of the Coquetdale Music Trust.