In fine voice for 90 years – you’ve heard them sing, now read their story...

Kirky Male Voice Choir  - holding books (from left) Bill Hayes, Bob Tomlinson and Alan Finnie
Kirky Male Voice Choir - holding books (from left) Bill Hayes, Bob Tomlinson and Alan Finnie

A RENOWNED choir at the heart of its town has celebrated nine decades of entertainment and inspiration.

Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir has just produced a book on its history called ‘90 years of Song’.

Choir member and former journalist Bob Tomlinson wrote the book with the help of his editorial team – choir members Bill Hayes and Alan Finnie.

Bob said: “Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir runs like a thread through the history of the town.

“The choir was formed in the early 1920s and its history reflects the changing life and times of Kirkintilloch itself.”

The book reflects – through the officially recorded minutes of the choir, archives of local and national newspapers, as well as anecdotal recollections of members – the history of one of Scotland’s finest and most highly valued male voice choirs.

Bob added: “The book also gives a snapshot in time of KMVC in its 90th anniversary. Since the choir began hundreds of men have had a great deal of fun and pleasure making music under the direction of just four conductors.”

The present incumbent is Sally McLellan.

She said: “It has been a terrific job by Bob and his team to write this book and we hope that it will be of interest and value, not only to the people of Kirkintilloch, but to lovers of choral music everywhere.”

The book is being launched by the choir in St Mary’s Parish Church hall in Kirkintilloch on Thursday, September 13, with a specially-invited audience.

There are a limited number of free tickets for the evening and these can be requested on a first-come basis from the choir by phoning 0141 776 6058 or 0141 775 2437.

Copies of the book, which cost £5, can also be purchased by phoning these numbers, as well as accessing the choir’s web page – www.kmvc.co.uk

The choir have just started rehearsing the new session at the Park Centre, in Kirkintilloch, on Monday nights.

The practice sessions begin at 7.15pm and new members are always welcome to come along.