Holmfirth Choral Society

Members' Information

updated July 12th 2018


We will be at the Methodist Church for our final rehearsal on July 12th for the concert on July 15th.  We then break up for the Summer, to return on Thursday 23rd August.

SUNDAY June 17th
- Many thanks to those who participated in Sing Holmfirth! - the organisers were really pleased with the results, and I know most if not all of you enjoyed it.  I was going to dispose of the music copies, but there is now talk of performing the songs again, so I will keep the copies! 

BARBARA PEARSON : Many of you will remember Barbara, who sang alto with us, and was our librarian for some years following her retirement from teaching.  She died some months ago, and we have been asked to take part in a memorial service for her and her late husband in Honley Parish Church on Saturday September 15th, 11am.

Many thanks to those who sang at Muriel Hirst's funeral.  One person there commented afterwards that it was the "best funeral she had ever been at"!  And indeed it was a worthy memorial for Muriel.

REHEARSALS are at Holmfirth Methodist Church, Thursdays 7.30 as usual.  New members welcome!
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. 

Summer Concert -  Sunday July 15th. 
10th November 2018 - Cherubini Requiem,  Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
8th December 2018 - Mozart Dominican Vespers, Bach Christmas Oratorio (selection) with Valley Sinfonia who will also play Bach Brandenburg No 4  
30 March 2019 - Verdi Requiem

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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.

Rehearsal Aids:
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/    and   http://www.quintusbenziger.co.uk/    for further details.

A good source of midi files which are useful for playing parts through if you have a computer is http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/
Covered by this site:    Cherubini RequiemMozart Dominican VespersParry Blest Pair of Sirens   Verdi Requiem  
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 your learning.

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' page!)

Geoffrey Lockwood


Email from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Dear Sir or Madam,

 I recently came across Holmfirth Choral Society on Facebook and I am writing to you about an exciting  opportunity run Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in partnership with the Open University, that I think will be of great interest to many of your members.

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is a unique one-year distance learning programme It is designed for those who regularly sing in a group or ensemble of any genre whether it be classical, jazz, pop or religious, who would like to develop their skills in practical music making. There are no formal musical qualifications needed to apply and no audition to gain a place, only some singing experience and a passion for music and a desire to advance their performance skills.

We’d love to share this programme with you and your members, along with other music making opportunities. We can happily send flyers and materials if you provide an address. 

However, the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up to our mailing list and select ‘Adult Music Classes’. Alternatively, we can sign you up if you give consent.

To find out more information about The Certificate visit trinitylaban.ac.uk/certificate

I do hope that this opportunity will excite you and your members, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all.

All good wishes,

Hannah Jacobi

Learning and Participation (Music)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


Faculty of Music

King Charles Court

Old Royal Naval College


London SE10 9JF


Tel 020 8305 9354

Email h.jacobi@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Web www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/take-part

 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No: 51090 Registered Charity No: 309998. King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9JF

An email received from Phillip Tolley:

The latest version of the British Choirs on the Net ‘Chorister’ Newsletter is now available online.

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