In Memoriam- The Choir Above
Since the last HM two HMVC members have ascended to the great ‘Choir above’.
Terry Bolton from the Bass section and Alan Bradford from the Baritones. We have also heard that Malcolm Fairless, a well known local Conductor has passed on. They will all be sadly missed by us all.
Alan joined HMVC after coming back to Huddersfield and settling down with Sue in 1996. He was a man who always wished he had started his musical talents earlier, but certainly made up for his late start with his exuberance and zest for all he participated in.
Not only did he enjoy the singing, but became one of the ‘Movers & Shakers’ in the Choir’s themed concerts. He will always be remembered for his role as Officer Kruppke in West Side Story, which led him on to become a member of the Marsden Avalanche Dodgers all male pantomime.
Even though Alan was battling with his illness he still managed to play the role of a Roman eunuch in Peter Armitage’s UP POMPIE. A man who never gave in.
Alan was also a poet and composer, one of his songs PEACE & HARMONY originally planned for the Millennium became the start of the charity CARITAS, of which Alan became Chairman.
This charity became his inspiration and with his usual determination he got TV coverage for the songs recording, which included members of the choir. Also children and local entertainers were involved; kick starting his idea of helping disabled and needy people within the local district.
Still not stopping in his quest to help others, he gave his time to those under the care of Bridgewood Trust, to be able to stand, sing and perform as well as helping individuals known to him who needed a sympathetic ear or indeed help with transport.
Under Alan’s exuberance lived a caring man always ready to put another project into action for the benefit of others.
This caring man, who sang on the back row of the Baritone section, will always be remembered for his humility and wonderful personality.
This was Alan Bradford – Pat Graham
Terence Alexander Bolton – known to his family and friends as Terry – who has died at the age of 77, will be remembered for the determination and dedication he showed in the face of adversity.
Terry, who lived in Sowood, had a triple by-pass about twenty years ago and several years ago suffered a fairly severe stroke. But, despite that setback, Terry, who joined the bass section in the late 1970’s continued to regularly attend rehearsals and sing at concerts. Unfortunately he suffered further strokes two or three years ago and had to leave the choir. His health continued to deteriorate and on September 15th he died in hospital in Macclesfield, where he had gone to near family members.
His funeral service, which was attended by several members of the choir, was held at Park Wood Crematorium in Elland where his son Neil spoke of his two passions, music and fishing.
Terry, who was for many years a member and official of the Halifax and Elland angling clubs, was born in Shipley on 26th October 1935. When he was a boy, the family moved to Sowood area where his father was appointed steward at a local workingman’s club. Hewent to school in Elland and was a chorister at the town’s All Saints Church.
After leaving school he served two years National Service in the RAF and later built up a successful window cleaning round in the Elland area. His wife Diana, who he married fifty four years ago died in May this year and Terry is survived by Neil, daughter Alison and grandchildren Ben,Sam & Grace, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.
Malcolm, who made an enormous contribution to male voice choir singing, regionally and nationally, has died at the age of 62 in Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.
Born County Durham in 1951, he graduated with a teaching degree and became choirmaster and organist at Durham’s St. Bede’s College.
He came to Huddersfield in 1972 to teach at Holmfirth High School and also joined two local choirs as a tenor, becoming Musical Director of Gledholt MVC in 1977. For the last five years he had been co-director of the Huddersfield U3A mixed voice choir. He was also responsible for reviving the Golcar Sing, which he led for many years.
In 1998 Malcolm took on the role of Chorus Master for the massed choirs, which performed at regular intervals at The Royal Albert Hall. Those members who took part in this event will all have fond memories of him enthusiastically conducting hundreds of singers who entertained the crowds at Covent Garden, the morning after the concert.
His funeral at St. John’s Church, Golcar was attended by several hundred people, including Gledholt MVC and members of other male voice choirs, who joined to sing Morte Criste and by members of the Huddersfiled Choral Society, who sang Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus.
A recording made by Malcolm and his wife, Norma, of Panis Angelicus at their wedding three years ago was played to the congregation shortly before the end of the service. –Stan Solomons