Chairman

Rick Morrish

Born in Milan to a Welsh father and Italian mother I was surely destined to become one of the great tenors? But reality soon dawned and I opted for the next best thing and donated my ‘average’ voice to male voice choir singing. Over forty years I’ve become a bit of a fanatic, singing not only with Carlton, but also Reading, Mansfield and Pendyrus choirs. This wonderful pastime has given me lifelong friends, the joy of helping to raise considerable amounts for deserving causes, the experience of singing in more than a dozen countries and the privilege of performing in the Royal Albert Hall, the Wales Millennium Stadium, Buxton Opera House, the Festival Interceltique in Lorient and countless other venues.

I joined Carlton in 1982 and served on the committee for ten years in two spells as Vice Chairman. As I was a history teacher someone thought I ought to be choir Historian and somewhere along the way I’ve also picked up the roles of concert compere and joint administrator of the choir’s facebook pages. In 2012 I was elected Choir Chairman and as such I am determined to recognise and celebrate our long and proud history as well as safeguard the future by striving for improvement in all that we do. I have a particular interest in finding and welcoming new singers into a choir that prides itself on its ‘family’ atmosphere. I am still, by the way, a top tenor but still not ‘world class’!

Vice-Chairman

Nigel Slater

Nigel moved to Nottinghamshire in 1997 from West Yorkshire as a promotion in his nursing career.  Soon after moving to Nottingham he started singing with Nottingham Festival Chorus and then later with the Nottingham Hospitals Choir.  After hearing Carlton Male Voice Choir at a Christmas concert in Southwell Minster Nigel decided that he would like to know more and enquired how to join.  In January 2014 Nigel joined rehearsals and the rest as they say is history!  As one of the newer (and probably younger!) members of the choir Nigel has taken on the role of Vice-Chairman and is supporting members of the executive in their various roles.  His initial work will be supporting our new MD and developing the choir’s publicity and membership recruitment strategies.

Choir Secretary

John Senior

Born, raised, schooled and always lived in Mansfield.  Started singing with school choirs, and at 14 joined his father in the church choir, singing annual oratorios, and all the various music connected with church life.  Has been a member of the Sutton-in-Ashfield Choral Society, Mansfield MVC and Nottingham Police MVC.  He has also performed with various stage organizations – Mansfield Operatic Society, Masc Productions, Westfield Folk House Pantomimes, Phoenix Players and has performed in Big Barn Lane Methodist Church pantomimes since 1995.  John has also been part of a wandering minstrel’s troupe and a skiffle group, performing at various venues including banqueting halls and castles all over the country. He has held an EQUITY card for about 30 years.  Eventually joining Carlton MVC in 1999 as a top tenor, he has been the Choir Secretary since July. 2001.

John Senior

Marketing Manager

Geoff Brooks

Carlton born and bred! I joined the choir in January 2006 and took to the stage for the first time at the choirs’ annual Festival Concert at the Nottingham Albert Hall in April of that year.This was quickly followed by my first overseas trip to Germany, stopping over at Brussels on the way and Bruges on the way back.

I have since been “On Tour” with the choir to many more places, including Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Belgium again (Menin Gate!) and the Netherlands.I have also sung with the choir at the Royal Albert Hall in the Festival of Brass and Voices.

Not a lot of singing experience other that St Paul’s Junior School Choir (now the Tesco in Carlton) and a couple of amateur shows that a group of friends organised in the eighties to raise money for one or two local good causes.During my time in the choir I have been the Section Leader for the 1st Tenors, Vice Chairman and now I have taken on the role of Publicity Officer/Marketing Manager.

It has been a wonderful experience and long may it continue!!!

Concert Manager

Philip Cartwright

I have enjoyed being a member of the choir for ten years now.

My singing experience has been  in church choirs in and around Nottingham.

My other role in the choir is being the Welfare Officer and keeping in contact with members who are ill or in hospital which I find very rewarding.

Philip Cartwright

Concert Secretary

Peter Wise

I was in the school choir both at junior and senior level, but when I left school I never sang again until joining Carlton MVC.  It was actually my wife’s suggestion that I joined a choir as I was approaching retirement age.

I joined the choir in 2008 in the Bass section. It was not long before I realised that it was more than just singing, it was a way of life and I quickly made new friends in the choir.  I have had the opportunity to sing in many grand buildings including the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London.  Recently the choir sang in Belgium at the Menin Gate at Ypres and in Holland.  The choir travels a lot which I enjoy.

The learning of new songs is always difficult at first, but the hard work pays off and when you are on stage performing that song it is a great feeling.

Social Secretary

John Warsop

After joining the choir in 1981 I soon became hooked on choir life and all it had to offer.  It gave me the pleasure of singing together with new friends and a new enjoyable social life.

Choir night was the main feature of the week for me when all the members joined together working hard, learning new music but having fun making the evening so enjoyable.  The evening ended by having a pint and a sing together in the local pub.

After only a short while in the choir I was asked to join the committee and acted as publicity officer and recruitment for a while before taking on the post of Social Secretary.

Over a period of 35 years in the choir I have had this position as Social Secretary for over 25 years of them, taking the choir many places at home and overseas.

I strongly maintain that for many of our members the friendship and social life of the choir is as important as the singing and helps us all enjoy working together as a team.

I hope to continue and be able to maintain this great social life of Carlton MVC for which it has always been noted for over the years. “Not just a choir, a way of life”.

John Warsop

Membership Secretary

Roland Radford

Having been born into Methodism I have been singing for most of my life.
My first experience of Male Voice Choirs was with the Metropolitan Police Choir, and then later, on moving back to Nottinghamshire, I sang for a short while with Boots Male Voice Choir until it disbanded. I joined Carlton in 2001 along with my then 17 year old son – a good choice for both of us.
After a few years I became Bass Section Leader, a job I really enjoyed for 10 years and following that, Recruitment Officer, aiming to push the Choir’s numbers to 100 for it’s 100 year birthday! I am now Membership Secretary which includes Recruitment, along with other jobs.
All Choir members work hard to learn the songs well but there is much laughter and friendship to go along with that, making the whole experience one to treasure and look forward to on Wednesday evenings.


Choir Treasurer

Mick Walker

Mick is a comparative newcomer to the choir, making his debut in the baritone section at the 2009 Festival Concert.

He sang in school choirs and a Revue Society with John Lewis (Jessops).

Singing was virtually forgotten until a visit to Sounds Sensational in 2008 at The Royal Concert Hall rekindled his interest in singing. Mick said this has led to meeting new friends and a more rewarding social life.

Mick has recently become the Choir Treasurer having worked with ‘figures’ for most of his working life.

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