When asked about Steve’s most enjoyable moment, he mentions “without a doubt the weekly practices which always contain humour, friendship, banter and provide a welcome break from the stresses and strain of everyday life.”
There’s a clear sense of community and friendship within the choir. Every Tuesday evening they join each other to catch up and have a laugh. “We’ve been through a lot together. The men performed on two very emotional occasions of mine, both my wedding and also my father’s funeral. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
We took a trip down memory lane than with one of the choir’s longest standing members Steve Roche who has not only been the conductor for 25 years, but has also been associated with the group for almost 40 years!
“One of my proudest moments definitely has to be in the year 2000, when we performed a chorus of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at Canon Hill Park in support of the 80,000 Rovers workers who marched in. Thinking about it, still brings a tear to my eye – what an experience!”
Now in their 116th year, it’s no surprise that The Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir have a large collection of memories which have been created over the years.
If you would like to make some memories with the choir, head on down to The Grimshaw Room behind St Chad’s Cathedral on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm. All ages are welcome.