An ambitious low VOICE CHOIR FOR MANCHESTER
The Sunday Boys was formed by Michael Betteridge in January 2016 to give Manchester an inclusive LGBTQ+ choir for low voice singers in the city to learn to sing great music, perform and make friends.
The Sunday Boys is open to any one who sings with a low voice (ie tenor or bass) and wants to sing in an inclusive and friendly environment. You don’t need any singing experience to join, just a desire to learn, make music and give it a go. We offer vocal coaching and singing lessons to all involved and you’ll be supported every step of the way.
We’ve performed across the country and even embarked on an international tour of Iceland. We often invite workshop leaders to rehearsal to help us focus and improve on specific topics and take great pride in supporting artists and regularly commissioning new work.
Outside of choir we regularly socialise and the annual Christmas cabaret is a thing to behold…
Michael is a composer and choral conductor based in Manchester, UK.
As a conductor specializing in working with nonprofessionals singers he has led choral and opera performances across the UK and further afield most often giving new works their premieres, including some of his own. After studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music he was one of the first recipients of Sing for Pleasure’s Young Conductors Programme in 2013.
Since then he has premiered works by Philip Venables (CAKE: Ubi Caritas), Kerry Andrews (Fox Pop), Anna Appleby (1967 in the Red House and Dust) and Chris Roe (Visions of Paradise), amongst others. In April 2016 he conducted the world premiere of Andrew Keeling’s community opera Get Weavin’ at the Bridgewater Hall in collaboration with Chetham’s School of Music for over 200 performers.
As Artistic Director of The Sunday Boys, we aim to provide excellent participatory and musical opportunities for adult low voices in and around Greater Manchester.
As a composer his work is performed across the world being described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times) and ‘bold’ and ‘colourful’ (The Times). Michael’s work has been nominated for an Icelandic Music Award (#echochamber) and a Royal Philharmonic Society Award (Across the Sky).