ABBEY Road studios in London may be forever famous as the place where The Beatles made most of their million selling recordings.

But Abbey Road school hall in Malvern has merit for another, more local, musical memory. Because it was there on a chilly January day in 1948 that Malvern Male Voice Choir made its first live radio broadcast to the nation, beamed over the airways on the BBC’s Home Service and introduced by announcer Richard Maddock, manning a microphone in Birmingham. 

A report in the Malvern Gazette of the day concluded: “By this (the broadcast), the Choir have added to their already considerable prestige and have again enhanced the musical reputation of Malvern.” Which was no mean feat considering the town and the Hills have long been associated with inspiring Elgar to write some of his most memorable works.

Formed in 1922, Malvern Male Voice Choir is still going strong as it creeps up on its centenary. Currently there are 35 members ranging in age from late teens to mid 80s, although it is always looking to add new members. 

Everyone who enjoys singing is welcomed, whether they’re long-time singers, have no experience at all, or just think they sound decent in the bath. Contact membership secretary Graham Purcocks on 01684 892140.

The choir has won several times at the prestigious Bristol Eisteddfod, leading to a showcase appearance at the city’s Colston Hall.

The choir meets on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in Holy Trinity Church, Malvern Link, for about two hours rehearsal under director of music Charles Pavey.

It’s gearing up for a concert there on Saturday, December 14 for the first of two performances that month with recently formed women’s choir Sabrina Voices. This will start at 2.30pm and admission is £7, with 18s and under free.