The Plymouth Area Police Choir was formed in 1972 and consists of those who are serving or have worked for the Police or those that have musical ability, that wish to become part of the choir
The choir aims to;
Promote and encourage Male Voice choral music
Perform concerts for the benefit of selected charities
Enhance Police public relations and make charitable donations
Provide a bond of friendship and companionship between members of the choir
The choir performs on average around 15 concerts during its season, which runs from September to June, before taking a well earned break during the summer months.
Although the choir has travelled extensively, having performed concerts in Bielefeld, Weisbaden and Celle in Germany, Enschede in the Netherlands, Brittany in France and around the North Eastern area of Italy, its greatest joys are gained by going into the local communities in and around Devon and Cornwall.
We provide entertainment and assist in raising funds for local and national charities. Since its inauguration the choir has been involved in raising over half a million pounds for charity and local good causes.
We have traditionally entered the Plymouth and Saltash Music Festivals and have succeeded in achieving distinction certificates. In 1992 the Choir entered the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival for the first time, where they won the Male Voice section and eventually, the overall Championship being presented with the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The following year the choir returned to Cheltenham and defended both the Male Voice and overall Championship again. This was the first time a choir had won the Gold Cup two years running.
In July 2010 the choir was invited to represent the UK at the very prestigious Festival Corale Verona Garda Estate, in Italy. The choir sang to audiences in Verona, Sirmione, Breganze, and ultimately at the evening service being held at the Basilica of San Marco, San Marco Square, Venice. The choir was the only one to sing in the Basilica of San Marco, and was the the only UK representative throughout the whole festival, which runs for the month of July and attracts choirs from around Europe.