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How it all began

The Liverpool Male Voice Choir originated, in essence, in the early 1830’s when a Wesleyan chapel was built on a site now occupied by St Mary’s C of E church in South Drive, Wavertree. St Mary's Church was built in 1910.

The Wesleyan Church brotherhood meetings were held on Sunday afternoons and there was some good singing, but they lacked leadership, until they were joined by a young man called David Green. He had recently moved from Kettering and since he had some musical ability, he was asked to lead the Brotherhood choir at Victoria Park. His involvement created a greater interest in male singing and there was talk of forming a Male Voice Choir.

On 8th June 1911, 12 men met above a Fish and Chip shop at 55 High Street, Wavertree, to discuss this very issue and it was decided to form a Male Voice Choir and call it “Wavertree Imperial Glee Union”. The picture (below) is one which was taken in 1911, is the man himself, David Green.


Some time in 1913 we became “The Wavertree Male Voice Choir” In June 1937 a proposal was put to the committee that the choir should change its name to “The Liverpool Male Voice Choir”. This would also prevent a newer organisation from claiming the name. This was put to the members at the Annual General Meeting in Crane Hall on Thursday 16th June 1937, with 35 votes to 3 the new name was adopted.

The choir has transcended two world wars and many good and bad times... and we're still here.

A Trip down memory lane


Choir Badges


In the first 38 years of the choir’s existence, there was no mention of uniforms and little consistency, other than dark suits or black dinner suits.

In 1949 there was reference at a committee meeting to the desirability of a “uniformity of dress”, but no action seems to have been taken.
In January 1950 the choir decided to buy ties, but otherwise very little information at this stage. In October 1951 more talk of buying a uniform, and in January 1952 this was still pending.

It was not until February 1954, with the choir already 43 years old, that the committee decided that black blazers would be bought for about £4.15/- each. Every chorister, would contribute 10/- and 6s/6d would be refunded from the prize money at Rhyl Music Festival, to compensate for bus fares to reach the festival. Individual members would then pay 2s/6d per week to the treasurer, until the blazers were paid for. Keeping the blue tie and black blazers at this point. In July 1955 it was agreed to purchase embroidered badges for the black blazers ( in metallic silver ) that afforded a further degree of uniformity. Sometime around 1978, it was decided we needed a new uniform to brighten our image. A forest green blazer ( and not very popular beige trousers ) were bought. See the green badge. Matching sweaters were also acquired.

After about 16 years wear, we were having trouble obtaining a good colour-match when new members arrived, so we decided to completely change the uniform colour to a maroon blazer with navy trousers ( see maroon badge above ). With matching polo shirts.

In 2009 we launched our next uniform; gold blazers with black trousers.

December 2020, Joe Rutherford, who sings in our Baritone section, generously gifted a large amount of money towards our current uniforms. These are the teal/blue uniforms we are currently wearing. Other kind benefactors and choir patrons, also gave donations which have funded our new ties and waistcoats.

While the choir uniforms have ranged from black, to green, to maroon, to gold, and now teal, the badge design has remained constant; a tradition maintained viz, embroidered laurel leaf fronds, centred with a lyre, and a flying banner below, embroidered with L.M.V.C.
The new ensemble in teal/ silver/ white, with grey trousers, was launched 6th October 2023, and co-incided with the appointment of our new Musical Director Richard Marshall.

Photo Gallery

Nordic Church 2019

Nordic Church with the Felling Male Voice Choir
June 2019.

Nordic Church 2019

Nordic Church with the Felling Male Voice Choir
June 2019.

Leeds Town Hall 1986

LMVC joined Leeds MVC and others at the magnificent Leeds Town Hall in 1986. We were to take part again in 1991.

Harington Hall

Harington Hall - August 2019
Raised £1,000 for Blossom Fields
Blossom Fields is a craft workshop and enterprise scheme,
set up by staff and service users from
Autism Initiatives which is a charity supporting people with autism. Supporting people’s right to work.

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