Founded in 2006, Pewsey MVC sing for the fun of it with the aim of bringing our audiences the same pleasure. By doing so successfully we have been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for charities such as Comic Relief, Macmillan Nurses, Brighter Futures, The Fire Fighters’ Charity, Children with Cancer, Julia’s House, Devizes PHAB, Pewsey Heritage Centre, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Alzheimer’s Support and, of course, via Pewsey Carnival, local hospices and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance [Book PMVC]. The jewel in our crown being our own promotion: Music&more which we plan to run annually from 2018 onwards.

Choir membership is centred on Pewsey with voices from as far afield as Burbage, Enford and the Collingbournes and has (so far) included teenagers, octogenarians and all in between. Numbers now exceed the thirty mark but the invitation is always open for new voices who enjoy singing to join up. Rehearsals are on Mondays between 7:00pm and 9:00pm at St.John’s Church. When the church isn’t available or we fancy a less formal/social session we can be found in Pewsey Heritage Centre. 

“Pop-Up Performances” or more formal performances may be undertaken by invitation at various locations around the Vale, especially where we think potential new recruits might be found! [Join PMVC]


In Oct 2006, during the customary hiatus between the end of Pewsey Carnival and the onset of Christmas festivities, a conversation between Bernie Bradshaw and Mick Hunter (ex Hart MVC) at the bar of the Coopers Arms led to the idea of forming a Male Voice Choir for the sake of something to do during the long Winter evenings. Among other things this was to tap into a rich vein of local enthusiasm for the choral tradition reflected by the annual Spring Concerts organised by the Zixex Club from 1990-2009.   The crucial need for a Music Director was solved when Bernie invited Felicity Dainton to take on the task and the word was spread. Eight* good men and true attended the inaugural rehearsal on Mon 13th Nov in the back room of the Coops to sing under Felicity’s direction and so our choir was born.  Through no fault of the choir’s(?) Felicity fled to Dubai within a year but left us in the capable hands of her neighbour Nicola Clarke who also left before long(!), albeit for the somewhat less exotic climes of Catterick Camp … and thereby hangs a tale!, see below … fortunately for us, her parting gift, in turn, was in the person of her friend Nel Matthews who became our muse then shared conducting duties with Daryl before he took on the task full-time (… of all our MDs he has been the one with by far the least hair).
Daryl’s tenure ended at Christmas 2019 shortly after he retired from full-time employment and gave the choir notice that he needed to resign to fulfil other long-held ambitions. The choir marked its  appreciation of his efforts by making him an Honorary Life Member at the 2019 AGM. By then Daryl’s replacement had been engaged in the person of the hugely experienced and talented Choral Director Graham Coatman, the choir’s first professional appointee.

Our link to the Big Time!

In April 2010, inspired by her recent experience as Pewsey MVC’s second Music Director, Nicola Clarke founded the Wives & Girlfriends (WAGs) Choir for the British 4th Armoured Brigade (the “Black Rats”) when her husband Hugo (one of PMVC’s tenors) was posted to Catterick Camp. Recognising what a boon the choir was for those left at home when servicemen were away on tours of duty, Nicky contacted Gareth Malone with the idea for his BBC series on the Military Wives Choir and the rest is history … the Xmas No1 in 2011 with Wherever You Are followed by a No1 album  singing with Gary Barlow in front of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Jubilee and a Classic Brit Award ... great oaks from little acorns grow! Nicky is now back in Pewsey, co-Director of the Military Wives Choir Foundation and was awarded the MBE in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. When time allows she sings with the Salisbury Plain and/or Trenchard Lines MWCs.

We don’t have a huge amount of rules – the aim is to have fun – but these are our guiding principles.