CHANGE is afoot for New Mill Male Voice Choir which is recruiting a new musical director.

Elizabeth Hambleton who has led the choir for the last eight years has decided to hand over her baton at the end of the year.

The choir says that her leadership has led to a period of stability and growth.

“Ably supported by accompanist Anne Levitt, Elizabeth has given the choir a higher profile and confidence in recent years,” said a choir spokesman.

“There is no better illustration of this than the choir’s success at the Don Valley Festival where they have taken first place in the Male Voice Choir competition for the last two years.”

The choir is clearly keen to see their musical director bow out in style and have engaged the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber for its annual Huddersfield Town Hall concert in October.

The search to find a successor for Elizabeth has begun and the post will be advertised. But anyone interested in the job can contact the choir though its website:

The choir was formed in 1991 when 12 singers got together in a local pub. Three years later and with three times more members, the choir sang as part of the World Choir at Cardiff Arms Park under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes with Shirley Bassey as the main attraction.

Although a relatively young choir, the New Mill men have enjoyed touring abroad and have been to Italy, Czech Republic, Spain and Poland.

The choir has hosted concerts at Huddersfield Town Hall featuring Sir Willard White and Aled Jones.

This is a choir which enjoys its music and clearly has the ambition to continue recording, competing and sharing a platform with star guests.