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Message of condolence on behalf of Harrogate Male Voice Choir :

We were greatly saddened to learn of Malcolm’s passing and offer our sincere condolences to his Family.

Malcolm commanded great respect amongst members of choirs such as ours which, whilst never having served directly under his baton, did gain much from his wide knowledge and appreciation of male choral singing on occasions ranging from Gledholt beer festivals to performances in the Royal Albert Hall.

His enthusiasm and ready wit endeared him to all who came to know and respect him and we were hoping against hope that we would have the chance for another great evening with him on November 30th when we host the Massed Male Voice Choir Concert in Harrogate’s Royal Hall, for which he had accepted an invitation to appear as guest MD. Alas it was not to be !

We will all be the poorer for his passing but feel sure that he will rapidly establish himself in the hierarchy of the Heavenly Choir – male voice or otherwise.

With deepest sympathy
Neil Duncan : HMVC Secretary, on behalf of all choir members.

I have just opened the email about Malcolm - it is so sad - he was a great inspiration and orator when we practised for the Royal Albert Hall - he will be greatly missed - please can you pass on my personal condolences and prayers and also the thoughts and prayers of the Lads of Shiney Row Male Voice Choir to his family.
Mike McGrory (Chairman of the Shiney Row Male Voice Choir)

On behalf of the Chester Ladies’ Choir may I offer our sincere condolences to the family of Malcolm Fairless. We met him during our 3 visits to the Festival of Brass and Voices and were always impressed by his endless patience and good humour as he strived to get the best out of us. It was a privilege to have known him.

Alison Kimmons, Secretary, Chester Ladies’ Choir

From Don Messenger and Whitehaven Male Voice Choir. May we say how sorry we were to hear of the passing away of Malcolm, he was a good friend to our choir and myself, we remember him well for his visit to Whitehaven to take a rehearsal along with his son and many times we met up in London.

Please pass on our condolences to Norma and Family, we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Best wishes to you all.
Don Messenger Concert Secretary WMVC.

Dear Friends
It was with very great sadness that I received the below communication yesterday, and on behalf of all past and present members of the Hull Male Voice Choir, we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Norma and the family as well as to our fellow choristers in Gledholt MVC which has always been held in high esteem because of Malcolm's strong leadership.

We can only endorse everything that has been stated in the announcement about Malcolm's passing as he WILL be VERY greatly missed by many, and especially by us as Chorus Master of the forthcoming 2015 Festival of Brass and Voices at the Royal Albert Hall.

In particular, he will be remembered by those of us who have participated in previous Festival's at the Royal Albert Hall for his cheerful determination at rehearsals to strive for the highest vocal standards (that he demonstrated) which, with his humorous personality to achieve these goals, inspired many of us to improve our singing performances - and we did !

He is also the Arranger of many songs that we sing, and most certainly Malcolm will never be forgotten - we owe very much to him for all his work with choirs around the country.

Many of us will have fond memories of Malcolm conducting singers in Covent Garden on the Sundays following Festival concerts, as shown in the attached photo.

RIP Malcolm.
Terry Wallis, Hull Male Voice Choir

It is with deep sorrow that the members of Luton Male Voice Choir heard of the passing of Malcom. His dedication to the Festival of Brass and Voice was one of the prime reasons that Luton Male Voice became involved with the event at the Royal Albert Hall. His smile and sense of humour made us feel that even when we were being corrected in our singing he was still doing it in a way he could tease the best out of each chorister. Luton M V C will really miss someone who every one considered a friend.

Ieuan Bowen,Chairman Luton Male Voice Choir

On behalf of everyone connected with Haydock Male Voice Choir may I say how saddened and upset we are to hear of the loss of Malcolm.

He was a great man in so many ways with a wonderful smile and a tremendous sense of humour, and he will be sorely missed by so many people.

His contribution to choral singing at a local and national scale has been immense and he will be impossible to replace.

We remember him with great affection in the refectory at Huddersfield University following many National Championships when, after competing, we joined in genuine friendship singing together and having a pint. Memories such as those are long remembered, and Malcolm will never be forgotten, because he was loved, honoured and respected by so many people in so many choirs. A wonderful man!

Our deepest condolences on your sad loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Alan Gaskell, Secretary, Haydock Male Voice Choir

On behalf of the East Fife Male Voice Choir may I offer our deepest condolences at the sad loss of Malcolm.

Our sympathies and prayers are with his family and many friends.

Regards, EFMVC

My wife and I were very sad to hear that Malcolm had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with Norma.

Malcolm was a great colleague and his work for Cancer Research, both the Yorkshire branch and CRUK, was of vital importance to the success of our concert giving. His advice on programme content came from a background of hard work in, and dedication to, the field of choral music.

A multi -talented musician, pianist, conductor and singer, he was blessed with a voice of exceptional range and the Huddersfield Choral Society will miss his strong contribution to its tenor line; I will miss listening to him demonstrating to, or even lecturing, the Basses (and occasionally, in falsetto,the ladies)

Gledholt MVC was never far from his thoughts, he was rightly proud of the years spent working with them, both in rehearsals and concerts.

He will be a hard act to follow.

William Relton

Dear Friends,

It was with great sadness that we received the news of Malcolm’s death.

Our Choir, and I personally, will always remember him for his warmth of genuine welcome (even if we were from the wrong side of the hill)!

His rehearsals for Cancer Research UK, London were always a joy to attend and when we needed correcting (though being a top – that was very rare), his constructive but humorous comments made the point more memorable.

Greater Manchester Police MVC send their heartfelt condolences to Norma and the family.

He will sing on in our hearts.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Frank Pearson, Hon. Sec, GMPMVC

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Malcolm. Here at Featherstone Male Voice Choir we enjoyed and appreciated very much his musical prowess and humour at rehearsals for the festival of brass and voices. He made the rehearsals a pleasure to attend and as they say he will be 'a hard act to follow'. He will be very much missed by many and we send our condolences to his Wife and Family.

Sincerely,Peter Malpass,Secretary,Featherstone Male Voice Choir.

I joined GMVC in 2002 when John Bailey and Malcolm led our rehearsals from the front with gifts of musical ability, people skills, humour and an obvious dedication to our choir's progress.

To lose Malcolm's presence amongst us in body, is a great loss, but we shall take comfort in the fact he has left a legacy of wonderful arrangements of music which we will continue to enjoy as a choir and share with countless future audiences. Also our memories of the wonderful times we have shared with Malcolm and Norma on holidays in the U.K. and abroad will be treasured. Thankfully I have many photos and recordings of these events which will keep these times alive.

My pleasure in singing has been enhanced immeasurably by Malcolm's influence. I came to the choir as a novice, having only sung in our church choir for a number of years, but with Malcolm's guidance I'd like to think I have learnt a few things! Concerts at the Albert Hall and our own Huddersfield Town Hall are moments I am proud to have been involved in, thanks to Malcolm. Malcolm's enthusiasm carried GMVC to numerous heights.

GMVC will continue to benefit from the spirit of Malcolm and his music. Furthermore, those of us who have been blessed to know him personally have had the privilege of sharing in a great man's life.

Ralph G. Leach, 1st Tenor, Gledholt Male Voice Choir

Would you please pass onto Norma and Cariad our deepest sympathy. Malcolm is a great loss to all his friends in Gledholt and the male voice chior movement.

Anne and I always regarded Malcolm as a friend


The news of this talented man's passing left me shocked & saddened. He made an outstanding contribution to the enjoyment of hundreds of choristers at rehearsals for the Royal Albert Hall Festivals, improving our performance for the benefit of the huge audience. He had a unique gift of inspiring good singing with much appreciated humour & was well aware that this was the best way to put us at ease & get the best results. On behalf of The Rainham Ladies Choir I would like to express our utmost appreciation & hope that Malcolm's family are comforted by knowing that we will have treasured memories of the times spent under his expert guidance.

Angela Connelly, Rainham Ladies Choir

We were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Malcolm in September. One of our members was checking some detail with regard to the 2015 RHA concert and came across the sad news via your website. Our choir has attended the previous 4 Albert Hall concerts and we were always impressed by Malcolm’s enthusiasm and obvious professionalism – he was a true motivator and inspiration. Please pass on our heartfelt sympathy to Malcolm’s family.

Geoff Read, Chairman, Chapel en le Frith Male Voice Choir

Malcolm Fairless
Our former conductor and choral advisor Malcolm Fairless passed away on the 16th of September 2013. It is a sad loss to all of us as we know how enormous his contribution was to the male voice choirs in the region and nationally in the last 45 years or so. We shall truly miss him.

Anyone wanting to send email messages to the family can send it to our Choir Secretary who will pass them on to his wife Norma and family.

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