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Our Musical Team

Michael J Farnworth

Accompanist

Michael joined the Rossendale Male Voice Choir in 1968 at the youthful age of sixteen, singing second tenor.

Steeped in the 90 year history of the choir, he is the great nephew of the founder conductor, Fred Tomlinson. His grand-father, Frank, was a founder member and his father, also Frank, was a member for over 60 years and the Choir’s President for many years. Michael made his debut as the Choir’s accompanist in 1969 at the Massed Bands Concert at Belle Vue in Manchester.

For more than 50 years, choir members have benefitted from Michael’s skill and dedication, and he has had the pleasure of accompanying the choir on everything from a Steinway in the Bridgewater Hall, to rather less grandiose pianos in venues from Germany to Killarney. Rarely, if ever, phased by a complex new piece, an accompanist of this standard is of great, if “unsung”, value.

Michael provides the RMVC with a stable core, and his work, alongside our musical director, has over the years, helped to shape the choir.

Charles Crowley

Assistant Conductor

Charles joined the choir in 1987 and has been singing in the First Tenors ever since. He has relished the opportunity to sing in a wide range of events, from local concerts and choir competitions to major collaborative events, both at home and abroad.

He is a very committed and popular member of the choir and in 1995 he became leader of the First Tenors. He has been an outstanding soloist at many concerts and been widely involved in the management and development of the choir and is currently the choir chairman.

For some time the choir had been considering the need to appoint a Deputy Conductor and in 2010 Charles volunteered for this post and provides support when required for the Musical Director.

Presently he is also the lead conductor of the Rossendale Festival Choir which is a mixed choir formed from members of the RMVC and the Rossendale Ladies Choir. He combines enthusiasm with good humour and all his rehearsals are very much enjoyed.

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