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Peterborough Male Voice Choir

Peterborough Male Voice Choir is an exciting and dynamic group of around 60 men from a very diverse range of backgrounds. The choir meets weekly and performs about ten concerts each season. We pride ourselves in welcoming singers with differing levels of previous experience and work very hard to make choral singing accessible to as many men as possible. We are led by our musical director, William Prideaux, assisted by accompanist Alessandro Viale.

Peterborough Male Voice Choir is enjoying phenomenal growth and development.  In 2010 the choir ran a charity project between February and July 2010: a total of 40 new men joined the Male Voice Choir in their 'Sing for Heroes' concert at the cathedral, raising funds for Help for Heroes and at the same time recruiting new members from the project into the choir. 


The injection of new members had a very beneficial effect on the quality of the choir: in 2011 the choir won third place in their class at the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival and director, William Prideaux, was awarded a special prize for his choral conducting from the International judging panel. In May 2013 the choir maintained their placing against stiff overseas competition.

Following the success of the first "Sing for Heroes" concert, The enlarged choir ran their recruitment project a second time between February and July 2011: 47 new men joined the project and in July almost 100 performers appeared on stage at Peterborough's Broadway Theatre in front of a sellout audience with Britain's well known Soprano, Lesley Garrett and brought the total of funds raised for Help for Heroes up to £16,000.00 in two years.

In 2011 Peterborough Male Voice Choir founded Peterborough Youth Choir and a women's choir, Peterborough Voices, making a choral organisation of over 300 singers.


In 2011 the choir won two England-wide arts prizes: the EPIC Award from Voluntary Arts (UK), where the judges’ recognised our “outstanding success in reviving the fortunes of the choir”, and the Peoples’ Choice Poll, with a staggering 18,000 votes. Commenting on the efforts of the choir, Minister for culture, Ed Vaizey said: "The story of Peterborough Male Voice Choir shows just what a group of committed and dedicated local volunteers can achieve, not only in terms of raising tremendous amounts of money for good causes but also – from what I’ve heard – putting on excellent concerts in the process. I’d like to wish them hearty congratulations on receiving their award. They are another excellent example of the wonderful amateur arts activity that goes on in communities across England all year round, and forms the bedrock of the arts in this country."




William Prideaux director

William Prideaux is a native of Cornwall. He studied as an undergraduate at Liverpool University, where he gained first-class honours for his work in orchestration, historical performance and Baroque editing. He was also awarded the Oxford University Press Prize for Music Editing. He went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied voice and choral conducting.


In addition to Peterborough Male Voice Choir, William also directs Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir, and leads the singing strategy for Peterborough Music Hub. He is recognised nationally as a specialist in the male voice genre and has acted as consultant to a number of choirs. He was a guest speaker at the 2011 International Male Voice Choir Symposium.


In May 2011 William Prideaux received a special award from the distinguished judging panel of the International Male Voice Choral Festival in recognition of his particular contribution to choral conducting, and in 2012 he was identified by Creative Peterborough as one of the city’s most influential people in the arts. In 2016 he recieved a Civic Award from Peterborough City Council for his outstanding contribution to arts and culture in the city.



Alessandro Viale accompanist

Alessandro Viale has diplomas in piano, composition, conducting and harpsichord.

He has extensive experience as a conductor, continuo player and composer, and he played with renowned musicians including Vadim Brodski and Enzo Turriziani. He played with actors such as Roberto Herlitzka and Saverio Raimondo, in theatres and TV shows. He performs Contemporary music and works for numerous publishing music houses such as Suvini Zerboni and Faber Music. He has participated in the Nuova Consonanza Festival and in ensembles including the Imago Sonora Ensemble and the Ardorè Duo. He has premiered more than thirty pieces written by international and young composers including Francisco Coll. In 2012 and 2013 Alessandro obtained the annual scholarship in the Chamber Music course at Fiesole Music School. In September 2015, he recorded "Steps Volume 5: Sixteen Scenes before a Crucifixion" composed by Peter Seabourne.

He has recently moved to England where he is the assistant conductor and accompanist of Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Voices. He is also Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of London.


Peterborough Sings! gratefully acknowledges financial support from PRS for Music Foundation and Arts Council England.



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