Origins

KVU Singers began life as Keighley Vocal Union in 1906 and has continued through both world wars without a break. Most members in those days came from the many church and chapel choirs in the area. Festivals were the most important part of the choir diary and seven were entered within the first twelve months of the choir's existence with five first prizes!

Jack Smith, Frank`s father, took over as conductor in 1937 and the choir went from strength to strength, winning many  trophies at music festivals and performing on television.

As competitive festivals declined the choir gave more concerts, including many large works written by composers from Purcell to Karl Jenkins and many in between.

The choir has enjoyed several singing tours abroad since its first trip to Germany in 1962. More recently we`ve visited Germany, Belgium, Jersey, Ireland, Holland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Hungary.   

KVU record label

Musical Directors

1906-07 George S Day
1907-09 W.S. Wilkinson
1909-12 George S Day
1912-28 W.H. Whitaker
1928-30 J. Harker
1930-37 Luther Greenwood
1937-82 Jack Smith
1982-date Frank Smith

Recent History

After celebrating our centenary in 2006 we thought that a slight name change was appropriate and so KVU Singers was born.

For many years the choir has promoted a series of annual concerts featuring local young musicians  and in 2014 the choir ran a competition for young composers in partnership with Jessica Foxley Music Projects. Several of our former guest soloists have now become well known performers and professional musicians.