The Dalesmen Male Voice Choir are paying tribute to their late president - the Reverend Reg Dean - by dedicating a concert in his memory at Derby Cathedral, on Saturday April 26, at 7.30pm.
When Reverend Dean (picttured inset) died in January 2013 aged 110, he was Britain’s then oldest surviving male.
The concert is entitled All in the April Evening, the title of the Reverend Dean’s favourite song, performed by his beloeved Dalesmen.
He was known fondly to his many friends and admirers simply as Reg and he sang with the Dalesmen into his 90s and still made the odd practice with the help of choir members into his 109th year.
A further purpose of the concert is for the Dalesmen to raise funds for local charity Age UK Derby & Derbyshire, who supported Reg during his later years and were instrumental in him finding solace in the superb sheltered accommodation of Waltham House in Wirksworth. The Smith Partnership (Clinical Negligence Team), one of the East Midlands’ largest groups of solicitors has kindly sponsored this year’s concert.
For this very special concert and tribute to Reg Dean, the Dalesmen have invited guests the Penrhyn Male Voice Choir, from Bethesda, North Wales, one of the premier male choirs in Wales. Also performing will be a ladies group who are former head and deputy head choristers of St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire who sing in concerts under the name of Vox Angelica.
Featured in the concert will be one of Derbyshire’s most talented violin students, 19-year-old Naomi Wilmshurst, from Duffield. She gained top place in the 2013 Dalesmen’s Music Student of the Year Competition, competing against extremely high standards of competition.
Tickets are £12, available at www.dalesmen.org or from The Cathedral Bookshop, Irongate, Derby.
They are also available from or Fould’s Music Shop, Irongate and Age UK, The Morledge, Derby.