At its AGM on 25 June NMVC’s elder statesman, 85 year old Mike Davis, retired from his post on the Executive Committee and was presented with a large, framed photo of the Choir signed by the members in recognition of the magnificent service he has given to the choir.

Mike joined the former Northampton Men’s Own Choir in 1953 aged 19 and some 66 years later Mike is still singing with the choir, which was renamed Northampton Male Voice Choir in 1980.

Mike has been a member of the Choir’s Executive Committee for 55 years and was Choir Secretary from 1961 to 1993

Speaking at the AGM, NMVC Chairman, John Waller, said “Mike Davis is the perfect male voice chorister. He has a great voice and an infectious love of singing. His commitment is one hundred per cent and he is a great role model for all choristers.”

NMVC Musical Director, Stephen Bell, added “Mike’s constant encouragement and support has been invaluable to me during my tenure as Musical Director of NMVC and without Mike Davis, the catalyst for recruitment campaigns and growth would not have happened.”

Mike, whose favourite song is “What Would I Do Without My Music”, said “I’m thrilled and honoured that my involvement with the choir has been acknowledged in this way. It’s always been my wish for Northampton to be the home of a great male voice choir. Being a member of this wonderful choir has become a huge part of my life and I will strive to remain a member for as long as I can.”