• SNOWDOWN COLLIERY WELFARE MALE VOICE CHOIR

    SNOWDOWN COLLIERY WELFARE MALE VOICE CHOIR

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Over £1,000,000 raised for charities and good causes

Moûtiers, France
Moûtiers, France
Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
The Choir
The Choir
John Yorath
John Yorath
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The Snowdown Choir was formed in 1929 by John Yorath, a Welshman, who was the choir-master of St. Peter’s Church Aylesham, and the choir has now been based in the village for 80 years. In this time the choir has given more than 2000 concerts at venues, as small as Tilmanstone church and as large as The Albert Hall, in towns and villages in England, Wales and Cornwall as well as France, Belgium and Holland. During these events, the choir has raised in excess of £1,000,000 for worthy causes.

Although originally a miners’ choir, the closure of the coalfield means that we now draw our members from all walks of life and from a wide area of Kent. (Some of our singers do a round trip of over 50 miles to attend practices.)

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The opening of the new Kent Coalfield, at the start of the 20th Century, brought miners from all over the British Isles, anxious to find work. Many were from South Wales and Yorkshire, and they brought with them strong choral traditions. Soon the collieries at Snowdown, Betteshanger, Tilmanstone and Chislet all boasted male voice choirs, and in 1948, all four choirs combined to give a concert at The Royal Albert Hall in London. Sadly, the Snowdown Choir is now the only one left.

Accompanist

Aileen Dickson B.Ed (Hons);
LTCL (Pft); LTCL (Mus. Ed.)

Musical Director

Michael Lewis M.Mus, FRCO (CHM)

Accompanist

Gerard Ahern

EVENTS:

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  • Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    St. Mary's Church

    7:30 pm3, The Square, Chilham

    St Mary's Church ChilhamChurch fundraiser.
    Light refreshments, wine and a RAFFLE
    Tickets £10 and £5 for students and children, available from:
    Post Office, Farm Shop, John Willis - 733803, Armishaws - 761204
    and at the door

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Silver Song at Eastry Court

    11:00 amBoulevard Courrieres, Aylesham

    Once a month some choir members volunteer to support a fun, music making session at Eastry Court Sheltered Housing Accommodation.  Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50 and there is no charge.
    Come and join us! Leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips!
    Led by Aileen Dickson, one of our accompanists.
    For more information contact: Aileen Dickson, 01233 660359

  • Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    St. Peter's Church

    7:30 pmDorman Avenue North, Aylesham

    St Peters AyleshamChurch Fundraiser.
    For tickets: 07833 477853

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Hawkinge Community Centre

    7:30 pmHeron Forstal Ave, Hawkinge

    Hawkinge Community CentreFor the Mayor's Charity
    For tickets: 01303 893928

  • Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Silver Song at Eastry Court

    11:00 amBoulevard Courrieres, Aylesham

    Once a month some choir members volunteer to support a fun, music making session at Eastry Court Sheltered Housing Accommodation.  Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50 and there is no charge.
    Come and join us! Leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips!
    Led by Aileen Dickson, one of our accompanists.
    For more information contact: Aileen Dickson, 01233 660359

  • Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Saints Peter & Paul Church

    7:30 pmMinnis Lane, River, Dover CT17 0DG

    Saints Peter & Paul Church River

    Church Fundraiser

    For tickets: 07758 698542

  • Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Holy Trinity

    7:30 pmSandgate Road, Folkestone

    Holy TrinityChurch Fundraiser
    For tickets: 01303 257085

  • Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Silver Song at Eastry Court

    11:00 amBoulevard Courrieres, Aylesham

    Once a month some choir members volunteer to support a fun, music making session at Eastry Court Sheltered Housing Accommodation.  Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50 and there is no charge.
    Come and join us! Leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips!
    Led by Aileen Dickson, one of our accompanists.
    For more information contact: Aileen Dickson, 01233 660359

  • Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    St Margaret of Antioch Church

    7:30 pmWomenswold

    St Margaret of Antioch Church Womenswold

    Church Fundraiser

    For tickets: 01227 831208

  • Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Silver Song at Eastry Court

    11:00 amBoulevard Courrieres, Aylesham

    Once a month some choir members volunteer to support a fun, music making session at Eastry Court Sheltered Housing Accommodation.  Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50 and there is no charge.
    Come and join us! Leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips!
    Led by Aileen Dickson, one of our accompanists.
    For more information contact: Aileen Dickson, 01233 660359

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    St John's Church, Llandudno

    8:00 pm53-55 Mostyn St, Llandudno LL30 2NN

    St John's Church Llandudno

    Snowdown MVC in Snowdonia

    For info/tickets: 07515 027912

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    Llechwedd Slate Caverns

    Time TBCBlaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, LL41 3NB

    Llechwedd Slate Caverns

    Snowdown MVC in Snowdonia
    For info/tickets: 07515 027912

  • Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017

    Bangor Rugby Club

    6:30 pmCae Milltir, Llandygai, Bangor LL57 4AA

    Bangor Rugby Club

    Snowdown MVC in Snowdonia
    A joint concert with Hogia'r Ddwylan MVC
    For info/tickets: 07515 027912

  • Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017

    Electric Mountain, Llanberis

    Time TBCElectric Mountain, Llanberis, Gwynedd, LL55 4TY

    Electric Mountain LLanberis

    Snowdown MVC in Snowdonia
    For info/tickets: 07515 027912

  • Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Silver Song at Eastry Court

    11:00 amBoulevard Courrieres, Aylesham

    Once a month some choir members volunteer to support a fun, music making session at Eastry Court Sheltered Housing Accommodation.  Sessions are open to anyone over the age of 50 and there is no charge.
    Come and join us! Leave with a smile on your face and a song on your lips!
    Led by Aileen Dickson, one of our accompanists.
    For more information contact: Aileen Dickson, 01233 660359

  • Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    St. Peter's Church, Bekesbourne

    7:30 pmSt Peter's Church Bekesbourne, Old Palace Road, Bekesbourne Canterbury CT4 5ES

    St Peter's Church Bekesbourne

    Church Fundraiser

    For tickets: 01227 830828

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    St. Leonard's Church, Hythe

    Time TBCOak Walk, Hythe CT21 5DN

    St Leonard's Church Hythe

    Joint concert with Three Valleys MVC

    For tickets: 01303 264470

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    St. Nicholas Church, Southfleet

    7:00 pmHook Green Rd, Southfleet DA13 9NQ

    St Nicholas Church Southfleet

    Charity Fundraiser

    For tickets: 01474 834164

For concerts promoted by the choir, there is usually no problem in obtaining tickets, even when our supporters ‘just turn up on the night.’ However, when we sing for other organisations, we have no idea of the demand for tickets and if the concert is a ‘sell-out’. Supporters turning up without tickets may therefore be embarrassed. In order to avoid this situation, we include ‘box-office’ telephone numbers in our concert list and recommend that you phone to confirm that the concert is still on and that tickets are available.

Join Us

Joining us is EASY!

Just turn up on a practice night and talk to any of the members. There is no voice test – we’ll sit you with an experienced singer, give you a music folder and you’ll be singing before you know it. It doesn’t matter if you can’t read music, some of our singers can’t!  You’ll find you quickly pick up a basic knowledge and this will be enough.


Are you a little apprehensive? Then sit and listen until you feel ready to give it a go. Our tea team will give you a cup of tea and a biscuit and make you very welcome. Bring your ladies with you, we welcome everybody to our practices. You’ll find all our members are very sociable and you’ll quickly feel at home.

We practice every MONDAY evening, (except Bank Holidays), from 7.30-9.30 at St. Finbarr’s Church in the centre of AYLESHAM, KENT. (Aylesham is 2 miles on the east side of the A2 mid-way between Canterbury and Dover.)

If you want to check whether a practice is on, please ring one of our contact numbers.

Tea Ladies 2017

Some of our Tea Ladies

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