We have been very busy at Honley! It’s hard to believe we only have 13 days left of our fundraising Performathon. We have been really appreciative of all your support and encouragement. You can still donate by using the link on our website! We are still continuing to rehearse online, but as you can imagine it is not the same. Like many other choirs we are planning and preparing to return sometime soon, but we want to make sure that we have read all the guidance. Wish us luck! By the way, did you see us on BBC Look North? Didn’t we do well? It’ll be the big screen next!
A promo what? They all cried out
But Roger said he had no doubt
That with effort and talent we’d all aspire
And shouldn’t forget we’re Honley Male Voice Choir
We gave our best covering lots of arts
And skill and thrills with all our hearts
A twelve hour fest with all that’s best
Makes us stand proud above the rest
The Charities helped along the way
Will no doubt remember that wonderful day
When out of nowhere came a plan
To help the causes of our fellow man
Thanks to Phil K!
With less than 24 hours to go, we are all getting very excited about our ‘Performathon’ – another first for us as we attempt to live stream for 12 hours!
The choir has been rehearsing on-line for almost 6 months and has made two virtual recordings. We are very much looking forward to singing together again soon!
We shall be showcasing the many talents of our individual choir members in a sponsored event which tales place TOMORROW!
From #NoonTilMidnight we will be performing and raising money for charity.
Please, please, please donate! THANK YOU
We have received a grant award from HMG National Lottery Community Fund. Honley Male Voice Choir are delighted to announce the award of grant assistance from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund.
Meirion Lewis (Chairman – Honley Male Voice Choir) is quoted as saying – “We are delighted to receive this generous award from HMG National Lottery Community Fund. Like many ‘not-for-profit’organisations, we are experiencing a severe impact on our usual income streams due to the current Covid-19 crisis.
In order to keep the choir together we are still employing our musical professionals who
are working hard to allow us to carry on rehearsing and maintaining the fellowship of the choir.
Our current focus is on providing support to both our members and supporters as we all navigate through this challenging and difficult time. Many of our members have been self-isolating or shielding in respect of Covid-19. We have introduced several initiatives including a support group of volunteers (under age 70) to deliver groceries, medical supplies or simply chat to those currently self-isolating; various WhatsApp groups, publication of weekly and monthly newsletters, weekly on line rehearsals using Zoom
technology and fortnightly virtual quizzes.
The choir also recently released two virtual performances, “We Rise Again” and “Loving Kindness”. “Loving Kindness” is Howard Goodall’s latest work and was written specifically for Aled Jones. We were delighted to welcome Howard Goodall to one of our recent weekly Zoom rehearsals and he confirmed that we were the first Male voice choir to release a virtual performance.
This award will not only provide valuable support to the Choir, by contributing to the wellbeing, health and social life of the singing membership, but will also enable the Choir to meet its overall charitable aims and objectives of extending its community involvement, thereby benefitting the wider local community.
Please continue to stay safe and take great care of yourselves and your loved ones”.
For further information please visit http://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19
Whilst none of us in the choir ever thought we would be rehearsing on-line for so long, the real positive that has come out of this situation is that we have talked to each other more; connected on many more different levels than before. We have always been a ‘social’ choir, but we meet to sing and being on-line has created a different purpose. Yes, we still sing, but we do so much more and this feels good. we actually see each others faces now! In rehearsal our focus is on our MD, but now we see each other, we share so much more with each other! We, like every choir want to return to singing together. We miss the harmonies, the sound of our collective voices and we music the sound of music! One day soon!
We have maintained a really good connection with all of our members and supporters over the past 4 months and we want to thank everyone who has worked hard to keep us together, that has sent positive messages and has kept us singing!
We can’t meet yet and maybe the new normal will take some getting used to, but like all of our singing friends throughout the choral world we will be there for each other when we find our voice again!
Watch out for an announcement about an exciting fundraising project we have planned!
As we entered our 15th week of lockdown we were delighted to be inspired,humbled and encouraged this week when we welcomed composer Howard Goodall to our Tuesday rehearsal. In May we held intensive rehearsals and released the first male voice choir virtual recording of his piece ‘Loving Kindness;, written specially for Aled Jones. It was a joy to speak to him and hear how he went about composition. Thank you Howard, from a very inspired choir!
….and if that wasn’t enough we had our very own name check from Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney on Wednesday when he asked the Prime Minister when he could attend a HMVC concert again. We like many other choirs have been forced to rehearse and connect in isolation, so it was refreshing to hear someone stand up for us, as well as the many other arts organisations that are struggling. Thank you Jason, for your support.
It has been a while since we have posted but we have been busy during our enforced period at home, so each week we will try and bring you a little bit of Honley magic to let you know what we have been up to!