Derbyshire Police cuts ties with male voice choir after they refused to include women in their line-up

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir refused to accept women in the name of gender equality (Derbyshire Constabulary)

A male voice choir have been told to change their name after the group refused orders to include woman in their line up.

The chief constable of Derbyshire Police wanted Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir to become a mixed voice group because it does not include women.

However, the choir refused and Chief Constable Peter Goodman said it could not keep the constabulary in its name as a result.

The group now goes under the name of the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir.

The group have been forced to change their name to the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir (Derbyshire Constabulary)

Members of the 62-year-old choir, which is made up of former officers, have said they have been left ‘heartbroken’ by the decision.

Kevin Griffiths, choir chairman, told the Derby Telegraph: ‘I was very taken aback by what happened.

‘He said he could no longer support a male voice choir and he said he wanted us to become a mixed voice choir. I was shell-shocked.’

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Mr Goodman said: ‘We are an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to having an organisation where there are no enclaves where people from different backgrounds cannot go.

‘Having a male voice choir representing the organisation is incompatible with this, especially as there are no members of the choir who are employed by or who volunteer with us. I wish them all the very best for the future.’

The move comes after it was announced the force has the worst gender pay gap in the UK which currently stands at 28.8%.