Musical director of police male voice choir to hang up his baton

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The musical director and conductor of Suffolk Constabulary’s male voice choir is putting down his baton after 46 years of service.

Colin Edgar BEM, from Stowmarket, will retire following his final concert at St Mary’s Church in Stoke-by-Nayland tomorrow evening (Saturday, July 25).

HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, the Lord Tollemache, hosts the British Empire Medal Investiture to residents from East Anglia.                FL; Colin Edgar, musical director of Suffolk Police Choir. ANL-140513-172530009

HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, the Lord Tollemache, hosts the British Empire Medal Investiture to residents from East Anglia. FL; Colin Edgar, musical director of Suffolk Police Choir. ANL-140513-172530009

The choir performs at least one concert each month and every event raises funds for a good cause - either to support communities, charities or churches.

At Christmas the choir play a key role in the annual Constabulary service and they also undertake carol singing in the community.

All members of the choir are volunteers and Colin’s labours, direction and enthusiasm have been instrumental in ensuring the continued strength of the group.

He runs weekly practice sessions and selects, re-writes and scores the music and provides ‘wonderful’ monologues to deliver the material at concerts.

Colin has incredibly only missed three of the choirs concerts in the whole 46 years.

The Choir Secretary, Stephen Wade, who has been with the choir for 23 years, said; “Throughout my time with the group Colin has been an inspiration and had made singing with the Constabulary choir a thoroughly enjoyable experience.”

Colin’s long-service will also be celebrated at an evening at Suffolk Police headquarters on Tuesday night, July 28.

The choir is always seeking to recruit new members and anyone interested can get further information from www.suffolkconstabularymalevoicechoir.co.uk and contact Stephen Wade, the secretary, for more details.

Colin’s final concert in Stoke-by-Nayland tomorrow begins at 7.30pm.