Holmfirth Choral Society
updated December 13th 2018
Many thanks to all who worked hard and sang so well at our
concert on 8th December. It was again an excellent
concert, blessed with excellent soloists and some expressive
playing from the orchestra. Well done!
THE REHEARSAL SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER
13th has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
We restart in 2019 on Thursday
(and not 3rd as originally
REHEARSALS are at Holmfirth
Methodist Church, Thursdays 7.30 until 9.15 (normally). New members
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.
30 March 2019 - Verdi Requiem
We are affiliated to MAKING MUSIC,
organisation which provides resources for choirs and other music
groups throughout the UK and beyond. They recently highlighted a
parliamentary petition which seeks to support the musical
education of our young people by making instrumental tuition in
schools free of charge. This was certainly the case when I
was at school, and I benefited by having violin lessons
then. If you would like to support this principle, you can
sign the petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223408
(assuming you haven't already done so - there's around 10000
more signatures on now since I first mentioned this some weeks
ago, but another 75000 or so are needed to bring this to a
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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: Verdi
The midi player program I have mentioned before, MidiPlay_v2p6.exe
(actually this link is to a later version) will allow you to play
files from this site, and adjust the volume of your own part to suit
The 2011 Proms performance of Verdi Requiem
is available on Youtube.
We still have a number of items for sale, proceeds to Holmfirth
Choral Funds, including: our 2002 CD Holmfirth in Harmony
(which includes Last of the Summer Wine and Pratty
Flowers, hated by some but loved by others!!!); our 50th
anniversary souvenir booklet, a recipe book (recipes submitted
by members a few years ago), and still a few copies of Postcard
Pops, a cassette (if you remember these!) made some years
before the CD, and also with performances of those favourite(!)
pieces. Speak to me or email me for details or to buy
one. These are of course also for sale to people outside
the society (who may or may not be viewing this members'
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
THE SIXTEEN are touring the UK in early 2019, and
will be performing at Wakefield - see
An email received from Phillip Tolley:
The latest edition (October 2018) of the
British Choirs on the Net ‘Chorister’ Newsletter is now available
online at www.choirs.org.uk/chorister/oct2018.pdf
Please feel free to share this newsletter
which I hope you will find both useful and interesting - feel free
to print it off, forward or simply ignore.
If you would like to view past editions
of the ‘Chorister’ Newsletter please visit http://www.choirs.org.uk/chorister.htm
Thank you, Phillip Tolley
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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
. I've also some spare music copies from that event for
sale at £3.50 each.
Please try to communicate
information with those of your colleagues who might not have
access to web pages such as this.