Possibly one of the top Male Voice Choirs in West Yorkshire, England. Website: www.honleymvc.co.uk

Honley Mail Update – It’ll be All White on the Night

Spring is on the way with crocus and snowdrops already showing in some gardens, including my own.  Still very wet, but thankfully no snow as yet (Feb 11th )

Thinking of things really WHITE, take a look at the photo below. This came from a book lent to me by Joe Ramsden in our Baritone section and entitled Music making in the West Riding of Yorkshire. See how many existing Choir members you can recognise, picture taken at the back of St.Mary’s Church, Honley. BUT when was it taken??


Left-hand side standing: Brian Winterbottom, Alan Bradford, Alan Brown, Brian Shaw, Danny Bullett, Bob McCartney, Derek Tolson, John Lumb, Steve Hepworth, Roger Horner, Eric Kirkham.

Left-hand side kneeling/sitting: Tony Dobson, Trevor Carter, Tony Farrington

Middle from back: Norman Haigh, Roy Stead, Peter Hollis, Laurie Marshall, Stan Solomons, Raymond Steel, Norman Mellor, Don Lodge, Bob Hilton, Joe Quinn, Richard Haigh, Keith Sarsby, Donald Swann, Terry Bolton, Joe Ramsden, Walter Holmes, Roy Plowman, John Platt, John Jackson, David Jackson.

Right-hand side standing: Les Fleetwood, Maitland Fowler, John Taylor, Raymond Hobson, Alan Pearson, Glyn Davies, Keith Walker, Eric Horner

Right-hand side sitting/kneeling: Jeff Bullas, Alan Sykes, Brian Haigh.

The Christmas HM edition had a lot of Christmas greetings included for which a small charge was made, to assist publication. It was decided by your committee to split this money 50/50 between the Choir and the ‘Forget me not Trust’ (Children’s Hospice). I am pleased to advise that I was able to deliver a cheque on your behalf for £125 recently, which was graciously and gratefully received.

 Whilst on the subject of thanks, following an article on used postage stamps also in the last HM edition, many people have given me their collections from over the Christmas period, which I have forwarded on to ‘Marie Curie Cancer Care’. 

We had a wonderful Christmas Concert at The Town Hall and I think the ‘Snee Waltzer’ could well become a standard concert ending for years to come!

Our recruitment sessions have produced up to press 8 new singers, bringing our singing membership up to 69. These new members have joined into all four sections of the Choir and are of course very welcome additions.  We have just run a recruitment evening and another will take place on Tuesday June 10th. However on any practice evening, we are always glad to receive new potential members. Contact any choir member or via the website/email, both shown on the front page, or just turn up. I know from personal experience that it can seem initially daunting, but the welcome is always genuine, friendly and helpful. One new member recently told me that after singing a Male Voice Choir Standard (The Lost Chord) that he had never sung or even heard of before, those little hairs on the back of his neck went rigid. Long may it continue.

The Choir are busy practising for our major concert on May 31st with special guest Lesley Garrett.  Between now and then we have two other engagements: a Rotary Senior Citizens Concerts at the Town hall and a ‘Friends Concert’ at St.Mary’s Church, Honley.

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