MenSing

MenSing is our men’s singing group. They meet once a month for half-day rehearsals to learn and sing folk songs and enjoy socialising with other like-minded men.

The choir sing in harmony taking low, middle and high parts. You don’t need to have sung before to join the choir or be able to read music. We’ll help you find out where your voice is comfortable and you always choose which part to sing. You aren’t assigned a role so may take different parts in different songs, depending on what the song sounds like and what you would like to do.

Our MenSing choir came into being during 2015/16, singing at the Baring Gould Folk Weekend (now the Wren Music Folk Festival) and Wren Music seasonal concerts. 2019 was the choir’s busiest year to date. In June they supported local folk star Martin Scragg with well-honed choruses and also performing a set from their own repertoire. In July, they visited Beer Caves and ‘rocked the echo’ with some fabulous harmonies. In November they undertook a one-day whistle-stop ‘Sheds, Caves and Cathedrals’ tour, singing for Okehampton MenShed, then Exeter Cathedral and finally Beer Quarry Caves.

The choir also provided the musical soundtrack to videos on the history of the fishing industry of Beer. We encourage members to take part in public performances but this is not an obligation when you join the group.

We have many plans for future projects in 2021 and beyond including local concerts, singing projects and trips away. Get in touch, join us and be part of it.

Meeting monthly, the group works in ‘chunks’ of time to develop a repertoire. We are always keen to hear from anyone wanting to join and welcome new people. Please contact us if you are interested. The choir is open to adults of all ages who identify as a man.

Location: Meldon Village Hall, Meldon, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 4LU

Please note there is no public transport direct to the hall so if you are unable to get yourself to the venue please contact us and we will see how we can help.

Time: Fourth Saturday of the month, 10.00am-1.00pm. See the current term dates.

Music Leader: Paul Wilson

When you join your group you’ll get online access to musical scores, lyrics and audio guides related to each in-person session.

Term fees are payable in advance online. Subsidised rates are available for full-time students and people in receipt of Universal Credit.

If it is difficult for you to pay by these methods please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can discuss alternative arrangements to help you be part of the group no matter what your circumstances. We also support people who are not online or may not have an email address, and will offer an alternative way to join the group and access materials.

If the term is already underway, contact us for a reduced price on the full term fee. You’ll receive the online materials for any previous months of the term.

You may also be interested in mixed weekly folk choirs which we run across Devon. If you play an instrument you may also like to explore our folk orchestras.