Holmfirth Choral Society
updated August 12th 2017
from August 17th onwards) are at Holmfirth Methodist Church,
7.30 as usual. New members welcome!
The next rehearsal after this will be Thursday August 17th -
if you have a copy of Mendelssohn's "Elijah", please bring
We have forty or so copies in the
Since it is likely that we will have a number of different
editions in use, I shall use BAR NUMBERS to refer to particular
places in the score. The preferred edition will be the
Novello edition published years ago - not the New Novello Choral
Edition (although I'm sure this will be compatible).
If your copy doesn't have bars numbered, please pencil them
in. The convention I shall use is:
- each number in the work is separately barred starting from
- If one number contains more than one section, the barring
continues to the end of that number
- If a number starts with an incomplete bar, that doesn't
count, i.e. bar number 1 is the first complete bar in the
You don't need to number the whole work for the first
rehearsal. The schedule for the first few rehearsals is:
- August 17th: Choruses starting with No. 1 ("Help
Lord"), i.e. Nos 1, 2, 3, (postpone 7), 9, 10, (postpone
11), 12b, 13b.
- August 24th: Choruses starting with No. 15 ("Cast thy
burden"), i.e. Nos. 15, 16, 19b, 20, (postpone 22), 23, 24,
(postpone 28), 29
- August 31st: Choruses starting with No. 32 ("He that
shall endure"), i.e. Nos. 32, 34, (postpone 35), 38, 41, 42
- September 7th: the choruses postponed previously,
plus any others not covered previously.
Thus, the intention is to have sung through, and done a little
work on all the choruses during the first four weeks.
As you know, we are low in numbers particularly in the tenor and
bass sections - if you know of any able tenors and basses, do
please invite them. This concert promises to be one of our
best for years, and I'm certainly looking forward to it.
THE CONCERT ON June 24th
- Summer Concert with Hepworth Band, Civic Hall WAS CANCELLED
postponed until September/October, t.b.a.)
12th November 2017 - Mendelssohn Elijah
9th December 2017 - Handel Messiah
17th March 2018 - Orff Carmina Burana
, Ramirez Misa
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. I've also some spare music copies from that event for
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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: Mendelssohn Elijah.
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:
Dear Friends and Colleagues, the July 2017 of
‘Chorister’ , the British Choirs on the Net quarterly Newsletter,
is now available online.
For those new to this mailing British
Choir on the Net, www.choirs.org.uk,
is a free listing of nearly 4000 choirs across the UK.
Listings are both alphabetical and geographical. The
site was originally set up in 1995 to help people who were
relocating to a new area/town/city to find new choirs to join.
Since then it has grown into so much more, but retains the UK’s
largest free listing of choirs at its core.
Over the last 5-6 months I have been
conducting a full audit of the listings to ensure that it is as
accurate and up to date as possible. Some choirs have disappeared
with choirs disbanding, merging with others or renaming
themselves. Other have changed their website addresses or emails
and many have moved from websites to a facebook or twitter only
presence. This is the first full audit in at least 15 years
so have taken some time (and I have still yet to audit the
Scotland and Northern Ireland lists).
Another trend is the gradual creep of
Greater London. Some choirs which have for years been listed under
parts of Essex, Middlesex and Surrey have now been subsumed into
London Boroughs. This to me seems a shame and somewhat
The result of this audit means that we
have lost a lot of choirs who were initially listed - however we
have also found many more choirs so in fact the number of choirs
listed is greater than before the audit. For this reason
many of you will be receiving this mailing for the first time.
Just as the number of choirs have
increased so too has the number of email choir contacts which have
been added to the mailing list. How the contact details are
collected and the rules under which are used can be found at http://www.choirs.org.uk/mailings.html
Many choirs do not have email contacts while other hide
their contact information behind a contact ‘form’. It means
that larger information such as this newsletter and discount
offers do not get out to some choirs.
There is also an option to unsubscribe
from mailings although it is hoped that the information that is
sent out in the course of the year will be of interest to you and
your choir. These subjects vary from updates on my websites,
choir tours, singing workshops and updates from people like Gareth
So if you are new to the site and this
mailing - welcome. I hope that you will enjoy both. The site
remains basically a one man band and labour of love. Although I
try to post updates to the website as soon as I can, there may
occasionally be delays. For instance in the first two weeks of
August I will be performing at the InterCeltique Festival in
Lorient with the Abertillery Orpheus Male Choir so that no website
updates will be possible during that time.
I would also like to drawn you attention
to Concertfinder www.concertfinder.co.uk
This is another free listing – this time for choral concerts – so
if your choir is putting on a choral concert please email me the
details including the date in the format shown on the
Concertfinder website and I will list it as soon as possible. This
is free adverting and is used by the BBC and other organisations
to find details of what’s on.
The other site you may find of interest
is the facebook Group ‘British Choirs on the Net Choral Conductors
Forum’ This can be read by anyone although you need to
register to post on this site. https://www.facebook.com/groups/britishchoirs/
So please enjoy. The July 2017 ‘Chorister’
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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.
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