Holmfirth Choral Society
updated July 5th 2019
THE REHEARSAL ON JULY 11th
WILL BE AT CHRIST CHURCH, NEW MILL,
not Holmfirth Methodist Church, which is in use by Art Week
Please let others know!!
OUR AGM WILL BE HELD AT THE BEGINNING OF
OUR FINAL REHEARSAL BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK, JULY 18th
SUMMER CONCERT: Holmfirth Methodist Church,
Sunday July 14th 2019.
Members please be there for 6.45 (possible rehearsal with
accordionists at 6.45), for 7.15 start.
DRESS - smart informal suitable for a summer concert, but
not normal concert dress.
TICKETS - Many thanks to Pat Steventon for her work as ticket
secretary for some years. Thanks also to DOROTHY CRAMP
who is taking this position, and has tickets (£5) for the
concert. Please encourage your friends and families to
COFFEE DAY - Noel Clarke has organised another of his
popular coffee days at his home in Brockholes, on Monday 5th
August. Please support this, which is in aid of our
Choral Society. I have tickets (£2) for 1 hour slots:
10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm.
are at Holmfirth Methodist Church, Thursdays 7.30 until
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.
Rehearsals continue until 18th July. We
will then have a summer break until (probably) 22nd August.
Sunday 14 July 2019 - summer concert, with the Kyiv Classic
Accordion Duo. Holmfirth Methodist Church, evening.
9 November 2019 - Handel Alexander's Feast
14 December 2019 - Handel Messiah
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ChoraLine have produced a new "app" allowing you to
download rehearsal material - see www.choralineapp.com
- I have fliers available at rehearsal for this.
The app is free, but there may be a charge for the downloads,
which are likely to be of much higher quality than the free
material I have previously recommended (mentioned below).
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: Borodin's
Polovtsian Dances Handel's
Alexander's Feast Handel's
Brahms' German 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
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
REGULAR FRIDAY EVENT IN HOLMFIRTH:
On 1 May 2019, we received from Jennifer Goodman email@example.com
Do come along to my lovely drop-in
singing group - you'll get a warm welcome, lots of smiles
and some great singing!
singing group for all with Jenny Goodman - no
auditions, no solos (except by choice!) all
songs taught by ear so no previous experience
3rd - 19th July (no sessions May 31st &
Trinity Church, Towngate, Holmfirth HD9 1HA
(£5 if you're really strapped for cash)
pay in advance and get a discount - £60 for
the whole term (£30 if you're strapped for
What do you get with Amazing Acapella? Lots
of smiles, heaps of laughter, bucketfuls of
glorious harmony - and a cuppa and a biscuit too!
Here's what the Amazing Acapellers say
"Fantastically friendly, fun-filled
"We sing beautiful harmonies every
"Lifts my spirits every time"
"Friendly, fun and safe group to let
your voice find itself"
"The music pops into my mind all
through the week"
"Makes me more creative in my life"
"Excellent teaching - it really
engages my brain!"
"A great way to make lovely friends"
"Singing on a Friday morning - a great
way to start the weekend"
"Great sense of achievement"
"It makes me feel WELL"
Choral course run by Thom Meredith and his wife Lyn Hudson.
Printed flyers are available at our rehearsals:-
CHORAL SUMMER SCHOOL at Lincoln
- Download the
full poster (includes more detail).
THE SIXTEEN are touring the UK in 2019, and will
be performing at Manchester on 8 July - see
They have sent the following email to our member Paul Clarke
The Sixteen is delighted to invite Holmfirth Choral Society
to our Choral Pilgrimage 2019 concert on Friday 12 July at Hull
Choral Pilgrimage brings together music past and present,
highlighting The Sixteen’s choral journey over the last 40
years. A new commission from Sir James MacMillan and works
by Tavener and Eric Whitacre are contrasted with music by
Fayrfax, Wylkynson and Sheppard in our 2019 Choral
Pilgrimage. It will be wonderful to return to Hull to
perform this fantastic programme.
We offer a 10%
discount for groups of 10 or more, and hope this is
something your choir members can take advantage of. For more
information, and to book tickets, please visit our website https://thesixteen.com/events/the-choral-pilgrimage-2019-hull/
or call our National Box
Office on 0333 010 2850.
Please could you
circulate the attached poster with members of your choir?
I’d be very happy to also send hard copies of this and/or
our flyer if you reply with a postal address.
We hope that
you’ll be able to join us for this special event.
An email received from Phillip Tolley:
The latest edition (April 2019) of the British
Choirs on the Net ‘Chorister’ Newsletter is now available online
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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sale at £3.50 each.
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