“I had never sung with a male voice choir before joining Carlton but have been involved with church choirs, amateur operatics and secular choirs. It was a little strange at first but I was and still am struck by the warmth of welcome and caring that I have found. I was immediately accepted into the choir and have felt really at home and a part of things.”

Norman Skelley, Second Tenor

“For ‘Third Agers’ many of the suitable hobbies on offer are experienced in solitude but singing, I have found, is an exception. The joy of singing is realised literally in concert with the thrilling combination of male voices in harmony and the discipline of a public performance. Add to that the glow of friendship that pervades a male voice choir such as Carlton and what more fulfilling hobby could one hope to find?!”

John Starkey, Bass

“Music has always played a big part in my life. I had voice training from the age of twelve and was Head Chorister at my local church. Later, I sang for many years on the club circuit, only giving it up because of work commitments. Last year, John, a fellow chorister in the church choir, persuaded me to come along and try Carlton. I had never really heard a male voice choir and had no idea what to expect. I was assigned to a mentor, which was a great help, in spite of all my experience as a solo singer. John had promised that I’d be made welcome, which was a bit of an understatement to say the least! Everybody was fantastic; in addition to the singing Rose and I have been along to a number of very enjoyable social events and we’ve found it so easy to make new friends. Most of all though I enjoy rehearsals and particularly each concert when that big united sound all comes together. I’m really pleased I was invited to Carlton and would urge others to simply come along and find out for themselves. There’s an old saying, ‘Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it.’ I did and it’s great!”

Terry Gray, 1st Tenor