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The choir’s origin can be traced back to November 16th 1899 when a rambling group, The Clydebank Rovers, gathered to see off a colleague, Mr Bob Deacon,  from Glasgow Central Station. An interested onlooker at the station was a Mr. Charles Rennie, the future brother-in-law of the departing Mr. Deacon. A keen judge of choral singing, Mr. Rennie commented that, “The vocal efforts of the rambling group would be fine material for a Male Voice Choir.”

And so was born the Clydebank Male Voice Choir, with the first official rehearsal being held in McArthur’s Hall, Belmont Street at the beginning of 1900.

The position of conductor was of course filled by Mr. Charles Rennie.

Although many of the Choir members were called away during the Second World War, the Choir was still able to give many concerts in aid of charity and fund raising, including singing and entertaining troops in converted sheds at Singer’s of Clydebank.

We have had the pleasure of leading both the communal singing at Murrayfield prior to a Scotland v England Calcutta Cup, and at Hampden Park before a Scotland v Australia match. On February 2010 we sang at a charity concert held to support the Mark Wright Project for ex-service personnel in Glasgow City Hall. Then on May 2010 we had the enjoyable experience of singing at the Gleneagles Hotel at the climax of a VIP dinner commemorating the Battle of Rourke’s Drift. We have also formed part of the Scottish Massed Male Voice Choir at the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. Annually we have a number of concerts throughout the local area and beyond. 

The Choir has travelled far since those early days, but its aim remains the same:-
The study of Choral music as suited to Male voices and to give the listening public the highest standard of Male voice singing.

As a Choir local to Clydebank we are always keen to recruit new members, and currently have members from all parts of the West of Scotland whose ages range from 20 to 90.

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