"Band of brothers" choir to perform special 'changing of the guard' concert

The Epsom Male Voice Choir, with Neil MacKay pictured centre-front

The Epsom Male Voice Choir, with Neil MacKay pictured centre-front

First published in This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter - Epsom

A 60-strong male choir which describes itself as a "band of brothers" will perform a concert close to its heart.

The Epsom Male Voice Choir, which has sung at the Royal Albert Hall, says the concert will represent a "changing of the guard" as it will be the last one with Neil MacKay as its musical director and the first for his successor, Ian Assersohn.

It will be a mixture of familiar and less familiar songs and will feature the renowned pianist Stephen Ridge, who will be performing old and new favourites.

Over the years, the choir has performed with Russian and US military bands, other male voice choirs from around the country and Japanese string musicians.

Malcolm Brown, chairman of the choir, says: "Once Neil arrived, the choir never looked back, not just in terms of numbers but the music we performed and where we performed.

"The choir owes him a great debt for taking us to new heights, which otherwise we just would not have achieved.  He put the choir on the map."

The concert will be supporting the Shooting Star Chase charity.

Epsom Male Voice Choir; Epsom Playhouse, Ashley Avenue, Epsom; May 17, 7.30pm; £12; call 01372 742555; www.epsomplayhouse.co.uk

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