Holmfirth Choral Society
updated May 31st 2017
REHEARSALS are at
Holmfirth Methodist Church, 7.30 as usual. New members
Rehearsals are proceeding well for the Summer concert. We
are currently meeting on Thursdays as usual. We have
not yet decided whether to take a break during Spring Bank
Holiday week (1st June) - watch this space.
Following the concert on 24th June we expect to meet on 29th
June and 6th July, but we will then break for summer and
reconvene on 17th August.
THE CONCERT ON June 24th
- Summer Concert with Hepworth Band, Civic Hall HAS BEEN CANCELLED (or possibly
postponed until September/October, t.b.a.)
Sunday 12th November 2017 - Mendelssohn Elijah.
9th December 2017 - Handel Messiah
17th March 2018 - Orff Carmina Burana, Ramirez Misa
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Several of you took part in the RSCM Festival in Leeds Cathedral on
23rd May 2015. If you are not on the
local RSCM mailing list, and you would like to receive information
about upcoming events of interest to choir members, you can sign
up the the mailing list at http://hudds.org.uk/rscm
. I've also some spare music copies from that event for
sale at £3.50 each.
I've been told about a music teacher who records
rehearsal CDs and has built up quite a reputation, I
believe. You can order your own part from him. Some
recordings seem to be piano only, others include a vocal
line. He is called Quintus Benziger, on 01799 586269,
and his business is the Saffron Choral Prompt.
See also: http://www.saffronchoralprompt.co.uk/
for further details.
A good source of midi files which are useful for playing parts
through if you have a computer is
Covered by this site: Mozart Coronation
Mass, Fauré Requiem,
The midi player program I have mentioned before, MidiPlay_v2p6.exe
will allow you to play files from this site, and adjust the volume
of your own part to suit your learning.
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
An email received from Phillip Tolley:
a long-established Summer School providing first-class tuition and
musicmaking for a wide variety of amateur musicians. Many of
our students return annually and we're always delighted to welcome
new faces from the UK and beyond.
We would be grateful if you forwarded
this email and attachment to members of your choir who may be
interested. Full information about the courses available and
application forms can be found on our website: www.cssm.org.uk
Tuning up for the 2017
Isle of Man Festival of Choirs
11th January 2017
Anticipation is riding high ahead of this year’s Isle of Man
Festival of Choirs with the
latest entrants including Flint Male Voice Choir and Haydock Male
The Isle of Man Festival of Choirs takes place in the grand setting
of the Royal Hall at
the Villa Marina, which has had a £14 million refurbishment in its
seaside location on
Douglas promenade, overlooking the Irish Sea. The hall has played
host to the
world’s top musicians and singing artists for over 100 years and is
its outstanding acoustics.
This is the fifth year the Festival has taken place and it has grown
quite a reputation
for creating a wonderful atmosphere in the Royal Hall, particularly
on the finals’ day
where the major honours were contested for.
NEW to this year’s festival, is a stand-alone competition for an
Ensemble Class. Each
Ensemble will be required to sing contrasting pieces of no more than
The unique Festival has three separate sections for ladies, male and
choirs, with the first two in each section receiving prizes of £500
respectively. Each choir will be called on to perform four
contrasting pieces of their
own choice, one of which must be unaccompanied. Winners of each
class go through
to the final, with the overall winning choir scooping an additional
prize of £1,500.
Festival Director and political member for the Department of
Corkish MLC, who is also an accomplished choral singer himself,
said, “When we first
staged the festival in 2010 we knew it would be well received, but
have been surpassed.
“The festival has established a great reputation in a very short
amount of time and
we are delighted that the choirs and their supporters enjoyed the
“Our two informal events - the Welcome Night and the Farewell
- make the Isle of Man Festival of Choirs unique. We’ve even heard
stories of choirs
giving impromptu performances in local hostelries (!), making many
new friends and
creating a wonderful atmosphere over the festival weekend.”
The Isle of Man Festival of Choirs takes place on the weekend of
October 20th –
222nd 2017. The registration fee is £35.00 per choir and £20 per
registration form can be found at www.festivalofchoirs.im .
For further details please
contact Laura@festivalofchoirs.im The closing date for entries is
June 30th 2017.
A SPECIAL INVITATION:
Limerick Sings International Choral
I would like to extend a
special invitation to your Choral Group to attend this year’s
Limerick Sings International Choral Festival, 22nd to 25th June
Limerick Sings is an annual
non-competitive Choral Festival set in the beautiful backdrop of
the University of Limerick Campus along with some of Limerick
City & County‘s most spectacular venues.
Choirs can have an
opportunity to join Perform International’s 120 Voice Festival
Choir from the US, under internationally renowned conductor and
composer Andre Thomas, for a performance of Dan Forrest’s
Don’t miss the chance to
join the “Big Sing” at the Cliffs of Moher, a truly unique
singing experience at one of the most majestic settings in
Ireland and a natural wonder of the world.
As part of the 4 day
Festival programme, choirs can choose to perform in a choice of
formal and informal concerts, Come Sing Workshop with Ánuna, a
Choral Trail and many other social events. http://www.limericksings.com/
I have attached the Limerick
Sings 2017 Programme to review (see http://www.limericksings.com/wp-content/uploads/Limerick-Sings-2017.pdf
). For enquiries please contact Elaine Courtney on 00353
61 – 233 236, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming
your Choral Group to this year’s Limerick Sings Festival.
Limerick Sings International Choral
Limerick Conference and Sports Campus, Castletroy,
+00 353 61
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