Through organisations such as The Natural Voice Practitioner's Network thousands of people across the UK are now singing regularly — and loving it. But still there is the perpetual lament from all choir leaders - where are all the men? If you look at the wider world, you will find men singing. So the question is, why don't men sing in choirs? Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Show 25 25 50 All.
Every choir leader I know, and I know a lot, bemoans the fact that they can't recruit men to sing in them.
Why don't men join choirs?
Men and women sound great together, but they obviously have distinctive vocal qualities which can and should be explored individually. It even appears that in some of the bastions of male singing — such as the valleys of south Wales — the average age in traditional male-voice choirs is going up and up and it's getting more difficult to sustain the choirs without fresh, young blood. The referee may be an idiot, their team might be heading for Wem-ber-ley, or the opposition could be facing the drop — they let the world know by singing about it. I have been lucky enough to replicate this experience in Ashton Keynes, a small village in north Wiltshire with a strong group of men called The Magnificent AK47 who sing about the sanctuary of the shedand their appreciation of concreteduct tape and the inventor of the lawnmower. Topics Classical music Music blog. One point to make is that the material that goes down well with men — sea shanties, drinking songs — are not usually so well received in mixed choirs. This not only helps to nurture the minority of men who do pluck up the courage to join a mixed choir, but also adds variety to both repertoire and concerts.