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Pye Hill Male Voice Choir

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Malcolm Hill - Question on age and wages of young miners circa 1900 in Pye Hill and Jacksdale
Malcolm Hill - 22 Nov 2014 - Joint Concert - Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir & Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir
Malcolm Hill - Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir Tour to Norfolk


2017 Concerts are currently being confirmed and will be announced shortly.

This year the Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir will travel to
Cwmbran SOUTH WALES (The Land of Song!)
28th April to 1st May

St Michaels Church
A Memorial Concert for Eric Buxton
23th May,7.30pm

Sutton in Ashfield
We will be one of many choirs performing at the Group 10 National Association of Choirs event at
The United Reformed Church, Sutton in Ashfield
20th May ? pm tickets £8

We will be supporting the local Brownies in their endeavours to raise money
To support a trip to India in 2018. Possible Venue, Somercotes Parish Hall.
Followed by an afterglow to mark Malc's 60th birthday!!

Stanley Common
A Concert in All Saints Church
- July 

???? T.B.A.
Farewell to the Burns Family - 12th August

Laura Martin's Wedding at the United Reform Church
19th August

?? Derby ??
Joint Concert with Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir
And with Acapella singers: "Yersteryear"

Christmas Social - 18th December

Pye Hill Male Voice Choir Website

Malcolm Scott Hill
15 Jan 2017
Question on age and wages of young miners circa 1900 in Pye Hill and Jacksdale
I'm presently writing an article on the foundations of my choir.

Do you have any idea of the average age at circa 1900 of a young miner starting down the pit from school and what the average wage of a typical collier was at the time?

I would be grateful for any help.

Kind regards and many thanks.

Malcolm Hill
Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir Est 1903

Malcolm - Age and Wages

The age of young boys to be employed underground in the mines was raised from 12 to 13 years of age in 1900 under the Mines (Prohibition of Child Labour) Act of that year and like all new Acts took a while to comply as odd instances found that there were some unscrupulous owners at that time who still illegally employed underage boys.

The average wage for a collier in 1900 was 30s 4d (£1.52) for a five and a half day week.

The average wage for midlands pits was 33s 3d (£1.66) because of the better output per man, around 6s (30p per day). Nottinghamshire men were always on 'good wages' compared with other areas of the country, maybe 35s (£1.75).

On many occasions miners in Leicestershire pits earned the highest wage, generally about 1s (5p) a day more. The butties running the Coal face stalls would be on at least half to three quarters more.

Boys were paid a pittance in comparison, round about 2s (19p) per day or less, gradually increasing up to 21 years of age when one became a man.

Miners in Derbyshire pits close-by to Pye Hill were always paid less than Nottinghamshire men.

Trusting this will be of use to you.

Bob Bradley

The rates, above, are those from The Coal Mines [Minimum Wage] Act 1912 [ 2 Geo. 5 cap.2]
Philip Wyles

Malcolm Scott Hill
2 Nov 2014
Joint Concert - Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir & Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir

St. Helen’s Church, Selston to Host Joint Male Voice Choir Concert, Sat 22 Nov 2014 at 7.30 p.m.
The Pye Hill & District Male Voice Choir are delighted that the prestigious Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir are to join them in concert at St. Helen’s Church, Selston, on Saturday 22 November 2014 at 7.30 p.m.
The concert is awaited with eager anticipation and should raise the roof as both choirs will be blending their voices together ‘as one choir’ for much of the evening, with each choir also singing individually some of their favourite numbers to achieve a strong programme of entertainment.
The concert programme offers a wide variety of choral, show and hymn favourites from ‘Stout Hearted Men’, ‘Llanfair’, ‘Gwahoddiad’ ’76 Trombones’, ‘Pedro the Fisherman’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘ Songs from the First World War’, ‘Mansions of the Lord’, ‘Last of the Summer Wine’, ‘Speed Your Journey’, ‘Morte Christie’, ‘ Rhythm of Life’, ‘Softly as I Leave You’, ‘An American Trilogy’ and much more.
This is the first time the choirs have performed together and it promises to be a special occasion not to be missed.
Tickets are available from St. Helen’s Church; phone Andrew Dobb on 01773 862057 or Malcolm Hill on the number below. Admission is also available on the door at £6.00 for adults and £3.00 for young people to age 16.
If you require any further information about the concert or joining the PH&DMVC, please contact Malcolm Hill on the numbers below or visit the choir’s website on



Malcolm Scott Hill
11 May 2014
Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir Tour to Norfolk

Standing Ovations for Pye Hill and District Male Voice Choir on concert Tour to Norfolk.
The choir went on tour over the early May Bank Holiday weekend staying at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. The Saturday concert took place at Holy Trinity and All Saints Parish Church, Winterton on Sea and was very well attended. Guest singer for the concert was Terry Gregory who provided beautiful renditions of ‘The Wind Beneath My Wings’ and ‘I Believe’.
The second concert took place at the Holy Trinity Parish Church, Caister on Sea on Sunday 4 May 2014 when once again a good audience was present.
Further highlights of a very successful weekend included a boat trip on the Broads from Wrexham and a visit to Lowestoft, together with enjoyable social evenings in the hotel in Great Yarmouth where the singing continued…
The programme for the choir concerts was ‘Stout Hearted Men’, ‘You Raise Me Up’ with solo from Dave Gibbon, ‘The Rose’, ‘The Water of Tyne’, ‘The Kings of Swing’, ‘Jamaica Farewell’, ‘My Love is Like a Red Red Rose’, ‘Das Morgenrot’, ‘ Get me to the Church on Time’, ‘Pedro the Fisherman’, ‘May It Be’, ‘Bright Eyes’, Songs from the musical ‘Oliver’, ‘Gwahoddiad’, ‘Creations Hymn’ and ‘Let There be Peace on Earth’.
A good range of solos were also provided by Bill Walker, Baritone ‘No Other Love Have I’, Frank Akers, Bass ‘The Wedding of Lilli Marlene’, Rosemary Jones Mezzo Soprano and Pianist ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’, Dave Braithwaite, Baritone, ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and Colin Dutton, First Tenor, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with chorus by the full choir and dedicated in the memory of Colin’s late son, Robert.
Both concerts ended in standing ovations being received by the choir and many compliments being made on the quality of the singing which was aided by excellent acoustics in both churches. Both concerts were repeat invitations following previous tours and a wish was expressed for the choir to return once again to both churches.
The choir have a full concert programme for 2014 and are presently taking bookings for 2015.

Why not come and join the choir? Practice is at the Dale Club, Jacksdale on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. Large free car park. No audition required. Both beginners and experienced singers always welcome. Come and have a go and see what you’ve been missing! A warm welcome is assured.  Phone Malcolm Hill for details or visit  for full information of events, bookings and recruitment.


The Choir Went On Tour, Over The Early May Bank Holiday Weekend, To Norfolk

Caister-on-Sea Church, Norfolk

Winterton-on-Sea Church, Norfolk