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updated May 17th 2018
We regret to report the death of our oldest member, Muriel
Hirst, who joined in 1946, and was singing with us up to
the last rehearsal before she died. Her
funeral/memorial service is at Christ Church, New Mill on
Tuesday 22nd May, 3pm, and we will be singing Parry's I
was glad (jointly with the church choir, of which
Muriel had also been a member for many years). Choir
members please arrive at New Mill church by 2.30 and
assemble in the Gallery Room.
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. We will also be
part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival Big Sing on June 17th.
10th November 2018 - Cherubini Requiem, Mascagni Cavalleria
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
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: Cherubini
Dominican Vespers, Parry
Blest Pair of Sirens 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
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
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
However, the best way to stay up-to-date is
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,
and Participation (Music)
Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Royal Naval College
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
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