The Festivals of Male Voice Praise is a fellowship of Gospel male Voice Choirs composed of Christian men, singing in honour of Jesus’ name; supporting missionary enterprise at home and abroad; encouraging and fostering the growth of Gospel Male Voice Choirs.
The first Festival was held in Bristol’s Colston Hall in September 1953 when James McRoberts, the founder of FMVP, brought about 100 choirmen from Scotland to form the nucleus of a massed choir numbering around 200. Due to the illness of the pianist that day John Willis stepped in at the last minute which led him to become the first Area Organiser for the Bristol Area.
Festivals have continued every year on the last Saturday of September at the Colston Hall except for 1990 when it moved to the Cathedral due to electrical maintenance work at the Hall.
In 2016 we regretfully had to leave the Colston Hall due to increasing costs and reductions in audience attendance. After some intensive searching, we held our 64th Festival at St Michaels Church Centre, Stoke Gifford which has proved to be an excellent decision providing us with all the necessary facilities to produce our annual Festival.
There are now just two choirs in the Bristol area namely the Bristol Evangel Male Voice Choir and the Cheltenham & District Male Voice Praise Choir. The Bridgewater Singers reluctantly disbanded at the beginning if 2019 due to low numbers and advancing years of those left. Two or three of their former members still attend FMVP events in our area and further afield.