We asked some of our winners what winning the award meant to them.  Here are some:

MATT GLENDENING

Matt enthralled the audience in 2015 with "Fantasia on the Opera 'La Traviata' by Lovreglio

Being awarded the ‘Carlton Male Voice Choir Music Maker’s’ award was a real honour. Especially exciting was the invitation to perform a solo during their Festival concert at the Albert Hall. Performing to a large audience in such in such an impressive venue was an invaluable experience. I also really enjoyed our ‘Stay with me til Morning’ collaboration!

During the year I’ve been supported and encouraged by Choir, and I’ve been made to feel a member of the extended choir family. I’m really grateful to them for the performance opportunities I’ve been offered. I look forward to continuing my music education at the Royal College of Music in London in September, but know that I’ll be staying in touch for a long time to come!

Thank you all very much!

Matt

LAURA ROBERTS:

Laura singing with the choir in Worcester Cathedral 2014

I was so excited when I received the phone call that I had won the Music Makers award 2013. I remember how nervous I was in the process of making the video to send to the choir, I had never spoken into or sang so close to a camera before, so just that was a good experience for me to do.

Singing in the music makers concert was such an honour and one of the best feelings I have had singing as a soloist. Also, having my singing teacher, Pamela Cook MBE there supporting me is something that I will never forget and will always be so grateful for. It was such a great opportunity for me as I had never sang in front of that many people on my own apart from when I was in Cantamus girls choir, but never fully on my own.

Ever since winning the award the choir have been like a second family to me. They are the most kind and genuine bunch of men I have ever met and I am so thankful for the opportunities they have given me. Singing beside them fills my heart with joy.

I would definitely recommend anyone to have a go for the music makers award, it is something you will never forget doing and for me it is a very special memory.

Keep on singing boys!

All my love

Laura


JENNIFER ADAMS:

Jennifer performing with the choir at the festival Concert 2009

I was so excited when I was given the award. I was excited to be given the opportunity to perform to a large audience at a great venue with a wonderful choir and also so grateful that my love for singing and all of the work that I put into it was being recognised.
The opportunity to perform at the Festival was truly amazing, to perform at the Albert Hall to a full audience was daunting but a wonderful and unusual thing for me to experience at such an early part of my career. Not only was it a great chance to sing as a soloist but it was a real joy to sing with the Carlton Male Voice Choir. The Choir also gave me the opportunity to perform with them at a Christmas concert which was a real pleasure to be asked back to sing with them.
Singing with the Carlton Male Voice choir was a joy, from the wonderful sound they make to how welcoming and friendly they are. They were so supportive and really encouraged me which made my experience with them so wonderful and helpful to my future in the profession.
The festival was my first big performance as a stand alone soloist which was a massive milestone within my career. The award gave me the platform to not only perform but to develop myself as an artist and I will be ever grateful to the Carlton Male Voice Choir for this opportunity.
My advice to future winners would be to enjoy performing at the festival and not let nerves get too big! Also to continue working hard and performing to the best of your ability because it could take you a long way.
I look forward to hearing from you soon I really would love to take part in anything with you in the future.
Thank you so much,

Jenny

SARA LAWSON:

Sarah with David Bourne (Chairman) and Terry MD 2001

Winning the Carlton Male Voice Music Maker Awards was really the start of my singing training. I remember so clearly after my A level recital at Clarendon College being told the wonderful news! It gave me such confidence and determination to succeed within this industry.
Over the years the choir have been so kind to me and given me numerous performance opportunities. It’s at these concerts where I began to grow as a soloist and start to connect with an audience. These experiences have been invaluable and something I will be forever grateful for.
I honestly believe that if I had not had this opportunity, I would not be the performer I am today.
I have such fond memories of you all and really hope you will ask me to sing again one day!

So….. To whoever wins this prize, grab the opportunity with both hands and know that Carlton Male Voice Choir are such a special organisation who support and nurture young talent.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! X

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