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Sat 20 Jul 2024 @ 19:00: Danby Chapel Fundraiser -Danby Methodist Church YO21 2JE 
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Sat 20th 2024 at 1900
For over 50 years the Dalesmen Singers have used Danby Chapel as their rehearsal base (1972 we think!) so we are thrilled to be able to offer this fundraiser event to help them make changes for the future.

Join us on Sat 13 Jul 2024 @ 16:30 at: - The Fox and Hounds (Ainthorpe), 45 Brook Lane, Whitby YO21 2LD
Dating from 1555, The Fox & Hounds at Ainthorpe is a beautiful country inn, set in the heart of the North York Moors. The Fox and Hounds team are working hard to produce a terrific summer event

Concerts galore!
The Dalesmen have a full and exciting concert programme for the rest of this year. To view the programme click here

We are delighted to be invited to the small hamlet of Littlebeck... and to present our Summer inspired programme in this very special location.


Due to unforeseen circumstances the DanbyVillage Hall concert is now cancelled


Sat 04 May 2024 @ 19:00: Dalesmen in Skinningrove - St. Helen’s ChurchA wonderful May event in the heart of this historic mining community. Kindly sponsored by local Kaskane Cafe & Covells Bar with proceeds to share between the How and Skinningrove Communities, and the Air Ambulance.


The audience at the Boosbeck Village Hall fund raising evening were captivated by Ed's solo's

The Dalesmen Singers present a concert in Boosbeck Village Hall, sponsored by Green & Son Building Services. A fantastic evening, with all money raised going to support the local community.

We take a drive North to join with our friends from Sunderland Male Voice Choir... for this exciting collaboration

The 200th anniversary of RNLI is approaching and we are all set for a very special event to celebrate this historic moment and to raise funds for an inspirational cause


Join us at our rehearsal on 9th January 2024 19:30 at The Fox and Hounds Inn Ainthorpe (45 Brook Lane, YO21 2LD)
Our monthly open invite is to come and see for yourself what it is like singing with the Dalesmen. Feel free to come along, listen, and enjoy the ambience to see for yourself what it is like to be part of a choir - or even join in with us. Either way, come along for a good evening with music in a lovely old pub


The Virtual Christmas Concert of 2020
During the recent pandemic, social distancing meant that people could not get together. To keep the much loved community tradition of the Christmas Eve service going, the Dalesmen Singers and the Danby Chapel set out to to create a virtual version. All the performances were recorded separately and then combined to create this beautifully evocative video. Click me to see video


Fri 22 Dec 2023 @ 17:00 : Christmas Singing at the Brewery - Whitby Brewery, East Cliff, Whitby YO22 4JR


Tue 12 Dec 2023 @ 19:00 : Christmas Crackers! - All Saints Church, High St, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 2LB Come and join Us!!

boosbeck      Cancelled
due to weather, snow and ice

Richard Atherton writes
                                                 REMEMBERING JOHN HAYWOOD
John was in the choir from the very early days of the Dalesmen Singers and from there onwards always played an active part in the life and running of the Choir. We know music was important to him but as is often the case there was much else going on in his life - read on! To hear John's refections on music and the Dalesmen Clickme!

 John was born in 1941.He obtained first class honours in Physics at Durham Uni   then a PhD in Muon (tiny particles) Photonuclear Interactions at Nottingham.
  He, and his wife Penny, whom he had known since childhood, moved to Canada   where John was development physicist for the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd for   five years, involved in industrial and medical applications of radioisotopes. John   and Penny’s son Harold was born during this time.
  For one more year, in the interests of international cooperation, John provided scientific leadership and training programmes for the Atomic Energy authority in Thailand, then the Atomic Research Centre in Trombay India.
John then made a career change to Medical Physics, and in 1974 began working as radiotherapy physicist at Weston Park Hospital Sheffield for two years. He developed programmes for prediction of radiotherapy dose distribution, which were in daily use for the next 12 years.
John then moved to Scotland and was responsible for bringing a facility for total body neutron activation analysis into efficient routine operation, useful in the treatment of hypertension, chronic renal failure and other conditions.
In 1979 John made his final move, to become Principal Physicist at North Ormesby Hospital, then South Cleveland, later renamed James Cook Hospital. He established eight specialisms which delivered services to NHS trusts in Cleveland, Durham and Cumbria.
John had a lifelong love of music. He played the oboe and in recent years gave generous sponsorship to the Young Musicians Trust so that students could play the oboe. In the summer he would attend a summer school of music in Austria. His musical skills extended to arranging e.g a Schubert song for male voices.
He sang with the Dalesmen Singers, the Tuesday Singers and the St Hilda Festival Chorus until shortly before his death

                            To hear John's refections on music and the Dalesmen Clickme!

Our up and coming concerts to the end of the year!

boosbeck Fri 01 Dec 2023 @ 19:00 The Dalesmen Singers at Boosbeck Village Hall, will be joined by guest musicians Tees Components Brass for a fantastic evening sponsored by Green & Son Building with proceeds to support the local community.

Celebrating the life of Sue Hartley:

A wonderful and poignant evening with choirs and soloists celebrating the life of Sue Hartley along with the Manhatton Voices. The evening organised by Manhatton Voices raised a staggering £1214.15 - an amazing achievement by all with just over £607.00 for each charity: St Catherine’s hospice and Help Musicians. This will make a huge difference in these very difficult times

Mike Anderson has stepped down after 2 successful years
as Chairman. Thanks for all the hard work Mike
... and Nigel Whittaker has stepped up to take over the reins as the Dalesmen Singer's new chairman.

Chairman Nigel Whittakers Opening Remarks to the Choir
The first thing I feel I ought to do as the new Chairman of the Dalesmen Singers is to thank my predecessor Mike Anderson  for doing such a wonderful job. Then to criticise him for being such a hard act to follow.
Secondly, I would like to thank the Dalesmen, one and all for entrusting this position to me. I hope I can continue the good work done in the past and continue to work hard for the Choir in the future.
I would like to thank our patrons for their kind support and hope that they are willing and able to continue as Patrons of the Choir. Your help and contribution to the Choir make a significant difference and I thank you all for your patronship.
I would like to thank all members of the choir for their performances thus far and hope that they all know how much their attendance at rehersals and concerts is appreciated and that they give Steve as much notice as possible if unable to attend.
I would like to thank the Committee for taking on the roles that they have and to advise them that we are working towards a common goal increase our standard of performance and the enjoyment we all get from the comradeship shared by our members
... and if anyone would like to join us, the door is always open!

Sat 18 Nov 2023 @ 19:00 :
We are performing at a Concert for Sue Hartley at St. Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Ramshill Road, Scarborough, YO11 2LN


Fri 01 Dec 2023 @ 19:00 The Dalesmen Singers at Boosbeck Village Hall, will be joined by guest musicians Tees Components Brass for a fantastic evening sponsored by Green & Son Building with proceeds to support the local community.


Note for Choir Members only: The choir section parts for 'Deus Salutis' are now available in the Easy Learn section of the Music Centre. together with a Welsh language version of the words - which the choir is expected to learn.

Thanks to the Castleton's Singing For Pleasure Ladies Choir for joining us at the Saltburn Concert. We had a good audience and both choirs were on top form!


This coming Saturday, 4th Nov

The Dalesmen Singers join forces with the The Singing For Pleasure Ladies Choir to provide their "just like the Albert Hall" repertoire (and more) for a very special occasion at the Saltburn Arts Community Centre on 4th November. Tickets on the door or...

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To see the Video of the 200 Gala Night concert with the choir in action including special guest Tom Hardaker's virtuoso accordian playing and Dalesmen soloist Jed Kyle's version of 'Working Man'                   Click here

The Dalesmen's 53rd Gala Night: A huge success enjoyed by all!


Some wonderful performances and money raised to support two charities

To see the show reel below, hover over the image and the start arrow
Come along to our next open practice night on Tue 03 Oct 2023 @ 19:30 :- Danby Chapel YO21 2JE

Here is our monthly open invite for gents to come and experience what it is like singing with the Dalesmen Singers MVC. Feel free to come along (with your partner) just to listen on Tuesday 3rd October... and see what it is to be part of the Choir. If you are a singer, please let us know and we will arrange copies (and encouragement)! Tea, biscuits and a chat at the break.


You can book here so that we know that you’re coming:

Dalesmen at the Mayfield!

We had a fantastic evening at the Mayfield Care Home with a wonderful atmosphere as the residents, guests from across the generations and staff enjoyed a range of classical songs. Everone joined in in the community singing sections with some of the old singalong favourites.


See the Dalesmen Video!
The Dalesemen met out of doors at the end of the pandemic to create a sound track for a video tribute celebrating the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors Click below to view one of the songs set against stormy images of the moors

'Do you hear the people sing'

We are all sorry to know that Alan Coates is retiring from his Methodist ministry in Danby and its surrounds. Amongst many other things, he has been a good friend of the Dalesmen and so we were very happy to sing at his farewell service. We all wish him and Penny well in their retirement

Paul Boocock, our concert programme manager has been working overtime!

Take a look at the exciting new 2023 concert programme to see the full uptodate expanded list of concerts for this year. Paul has added concert notes for each venue providing background to the concert and the venue
              2023 Programme

A big thanks to the Woodsmith Foundation. We are looking forward to getting to grips with a new suite of digital equipment after receiving a grant from the Woodsmith Foundation. The choir has long wanted to improve its online presence so that it can reach a wider audience, and especially to enable those who cannot travel to concerts to be able to enjoy the choirs performances. With new audio visual recording equipment we aim to produce high quality videos and audio recordings as well as offering better digital access to our members

Digital Dalesmen Project
Mike Anderson (Chairman) left and John Dowson (Sound Technician) right, seen here holding some of new digital recording equipment provided by the Woodsmith Foundation

A very good evening and an appreciative audience
at Kirby Moorside Methodist Hall

We Are Recruiting!

and are delighted to welcome our recent new members to the choir!
If you are thinking of joining us and would like to find out more, please contact us at

or meet us and see the choir perform at one of our concerts. The next concert is at Kirby Moorside Methodist church this Saturday 8th July starting at 7pm


Join us for summer songs, tea cake and and a great evening out!

We recently sang that old favourite, Morte Christe at the Grosmont concert. This is a much loved part of the choir's repertoire and you can see a video compilatation of it made some years ago that includes an outstanding tenor solo and stunning arial shots of Danby Dale click here!


The Dalesmen sang The Rose at Beth Laws funeral last week. To see a video compilation of the song made by the choir some years previously click here


The Grosmont Concert: A beautiful summer evening concert with good singing, supper, sunset and stunning solos from Steve and Angela -

Don't miss this in the lovely old St Mathews Church Grosmont


A great concert at Westborough Methodist Church with the 5 Star brass sextet

A great concert at the brewery - sunshine, seaside, shanties and song!

Old and young in Hinderwell village hall celebrate the Coronation

The Dalesmen Singers 2023 Programme
You can now book tickets for these concerts concersts online just click on the link below.
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Fri 05 May 2023  @ 19:00 - Dalesmen Coronation Special, Hinderwell TS13 5HP
Sun 21 May 2023 @ 15:00 - Dalesmen Seaside Special, Whitby Brewery YO22 4JR
Mon 19 Jun 2023 @ 19:30 - Dalesmen with 5 STAR BRASS, Monday Night Series Westborough Methodist Church, Scarborough YO11 1TS
Sat 24 Jun 2023   @ 19:00 - Dalesmen Summer Supper, St Matthews Church, Front Street, Grosmont YO22 5QE
Sat 08 Jul 2023    @ 19:00 - Dalesmen Tea and Cake, Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church YO62 6DQ
Sat 14 Oct 2023   @ 19:00 - Dalesmen Gala Night with Thom Hardaker, Danby Chapel YO21 2JE
Sat 04 Nov 2023  @ 19:00 - Dalesmen with Castleton SFP, Saltburn Arts Centre TS12 1JW
Sat 09 Dec 2023  @ 19:00 - Dalesmen for Teesside Hospice, Middlesbrough Town Hall TS1 2QJ
Fri 22 Dec 2023  @ 15:00 - Dalesmen Xmas Singalong, Whitby Brewery YO22 4JR





You can now book tickets for Dalesmen concerts online!

If you would like to book tickets for our forthcoming concerts just click on the link below. This will take you to our booking agents website where you can order and download tickets

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We are singing No Man is an Island and Richard Atherton writes...

Some of you may remember John Woolley, former headmaster of FylingbHall school, who died last year. John was a first class English scholar and after retiring he gave informal lectures on English Literature. I joined the class and one term we studied John Donne, who is most famous for his “No man is an Island” meditation. You may be interested to know something of his fascinating life.He was born into a devout Roman Catholic family in 1572, when Roman Catholics were being persecuted. Some of his relatives were executed or exiled. Also, before Donne was ten years old four of his immediate family had died from illness.Donne went to Oxford then Cambridge then Lincoln’s Inn as a lawyer. He aspired to a diplomatic career, but fell in love with sixteen year-old Anne More, daughter of the Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. They secretly married, against her father’s wishes, and Donne was punished by spending some time in Fleet prison. The marriage survived happily and Anne bore eleven children before dying when Donne was forty five. Donne’s poems date from his twenties, when he dealt with problems in society, and with death and disease. He also wrote passionate love poems.At some point in midlife, he converted from the Roman Catholic to the Protestant faith, was ordained in 1615, and in 1621 became Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral until his death in 1631. He was a noted preacher and many of his sermons are in print. Towards the end of his life Donne wrote works that challenged death and the fear it inspires. Shortly before he died he rose from his sick bed and preached the Death’s Duel sermon, portraying life as a steady descent to suffering and death, yet with the hope of immortality through faith in Christ who rose from the dead

The current Dalesmen 2023 Concert Programme:

Fri 05 May 2023 – Coronation Special, Hinderwell TS13 5HP @ 19:00
Sun 21 May 2023 – Fish and Ships Singalong, Whitby Brewery YO22 4JR @ 15:00
Mon 19 Jun 2023 – Monday Night Series, Westborough Methodist Church, Scarborough YO11 1TS @ 19:30
Sat 24 Jun 2023 - St Matthews Church, Front Street, Grosmont YO22 5QE @ 19:00
Sat 08 Jul 2023 - Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church YO62 6DQ @ 19:00
Sat 14 Oct 2023 - Gala Night, Danby Chapel YO21 2JE @ 19:00
Sat 04 Nov 2023 – with Castleton Ladies, Saltburn Arts Centre TS12 1JW @ 19:00
Fri 22 Dec 2023 - Xmas Singalong, Whitby Brewery YO22 4JR @ 17:00

We Are Recruiting!

and are delighted to welcome our recent new members to the choir!

If you are thinking of joining us and would like to find out more, please contact us at


The Timeline Continues!

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