Make some beautiful, blokes-only music in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:50 27 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:50 27 January 2015

Men singing

Men singing


It’s true – real men do sing.

And Chris Rowbury – who claims to be Suffolk’s answer to Gareth Malone, only nicer and more fun – wants to hear from any men who always wanted to sing, but never got round to it.

He’s organising a day of men only singing at St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich (IP1 1XF) on Saturday, February 28, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Chris Rowbury has 30 years’ experience as a “patient, charismatic teacher with a relaxed style laced with plenty of humour”. He regularly runs singing days in Suffolk and beyond as well as running The OK Chorale, Woodbridge’s community choir, and the twice a year Singing Safari in Ipswich. More information can be found on his website:

“Forget Military Wives’ Choirs,” says Chris’s invitation. “It’s time for some manly singing!

“Come and experience the buzz of singing with a bunch of like-minded blokes. Learn to sing and get some vocal training in a safe, fun, relaxed and non-threatening way. Sample the delights of singing together – Chris will have you making beautiful music in a matter of minutes!

“Bring lunch to share and have a sociable chaps’ day out singing your cares away. Chris will provide tea, coffee and biscuits (now there’s an offer you can’t refuse).

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sung before, or if you haven’t sung since you were in the school choir, or if you’re already in a choir now. Absolutely no musical or singing experience is necessary as all songs will be taught by ear.

“This is a day for men who don’t like choirs, blokes with manly voices, chaps who love music, gents who like a challenge and guys who want to have fun. All in the safety of our exclusive man space - no audience, no auditions, no solos, no women.”

It costs just £20 in advance (or £25 on the door). Contact Chris on 01394 610 486 or email to find out how to pay by bank transfer, PayPal or cheque.

“Bring a mate, book two places in advance and get a discount – £35 for two instead of £40,” urges Chris. “Wives and girlfriends: give your chap a gentle nudge off the sofa and let him know how proud you’ll be if he comes.” What are you waiting for?

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