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

Honley Mail Feb 2015 Choir Notes

Here’s the Online Version of Honley Mail.

Christmas Day morning at Home Valley Hospital, Holmfirth with some members of the choir (others had left before the mince pies came out!). All kindly gave up an hour or so to entertain the patients. This tradition has been going on for many a long year and is always appreciated, long may it continue.

xmas Holme Valley











 On getting older:

  • I don’t trip over things, I do random gravity checks. Old age is coming at a really bad time.
  • When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment… now, as a grown up, it just feels like a short holiday.
  • The biggest lie I tell myself is… “I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it “ I don’t have grey hair. I have “wisdom highlights”. I’m just very wise. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees. I’m going to retire and live off my savings. Not sure what I’ll do that second week. Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.
  • At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
  • Chocolate comes from cocoa which is a tree … that makes it a plant which means … chocolate is a Salad!
  • Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators, we haven’t met yet.

Musical Thingies

Our Musical Director, Steve Roberts, has recently been educating us in the ways music is structured and how it affects our performances. This directly follows some six new members joining the choir who, maybe like myself, do not read music or indeed understand its idiosyncrasies.

Over the years through four different MD’s I have learnt a lot including: how and when to breathe and how to ‘follow’ the music as opposed to ‘reading’ it, not knowing all the note names etc…… However it struck me (Ow!) those things I now take for granted are also maybe a mystery to other choir members, new or old.

So here goes: a few words we either hear, or words/symbols seen on the printed music. The written words are mainly in Italian (traditional) although English is starting to creep in.


Music sung by unaccompanied voices Gradually getting faster The final section of a piece of music culminating in the last bar Getting gradually slower

Getting immediately slower

The letter (piano) means sung quietly and pp (pianissimo) means sung very quietly. Very occasionally ppp also known as (pianissimo) is shown, meaning sing very very quietly! The letter (forte) means sing loud and ff (fortissimo) means sing very loud. Again very occasionally fff also known as (fortissimo) is shown, meaning sing very, very loud.

The letters mp (mezzo piano) means sing moderately quiet and mf (mezzo forte) means sing moderately loud

No doubt somebody will correct me on something above (which I welcome, that’s how I learn!) but I hope this ‘’Starter for 10’’ is useful.

IF YOU have a word/symbol and explanation for the next issue of HM, please let me know. Alternately if there is a musical question you have, of any type, please email me and our

team of ‘’EXPERTS’’ (chuckle, chuckle fall about!) will be put to the test. You will get a personal answer and if pertinent the next edition of HM will publish both the question and answer, to further all our knowledge.

More On Christmas 2014

A friend of mine who was at the Christmas Concert and attends most of our performances,

recently sent me this ‘Ode’, enjoy:

Their concerts in town for two oh one four

Brought smiles to most and were not a chore

Lesley was great with the Barnsley Youth Choir

The Town Hall was obviously worth its hire

World War One was commemorated then

In songs and pictures of the men

Who gave their all for everyone’s sake

And those who returned their lives to remake

Chesterfield and Altrincham filled the stage

And then they had to turn the page

It’s not what male voice choirs do best

Traditional ways have stood the test

Christmas with Honley we’re more about

Old and new were now shared out

The snow was white and they painted it black

And a bit of tradition was welcomed back

The double act who they hadn’t booked

Went on a bit and both got hooked

On making puns at each other’s expense

And neither put up much defence

The Ladies from Frickley rounded off the event

With carols outside as the audience left

The year was good and we’ve all made new friends

No doubt we’ll soon find out what two oh one five sends.

Xmas concert Frickley

xmas 2014 TH full

Yorkshire Twang

Following on from earlier one liners, more have arrived via email, from one of our ‘Top

Tenors’ , one David Jagger, entitled ‘’You know your from Yorkshire when…….’’

…you know that the chip oil is where you go to get your chips, not what you cook them in.

…you know what a snicket or a ginnel is.

…people assume you have Yorkshire Pudding with every meal.

…you know Yorkshire Pudding isn’t really a pudding.

…people think you have an allotment with a pigeon loft.

…eh up, sithee, na then, a’reet are all part of everyday conversation.

…you’ve got into a fight, or broken up the missus fighting, over ‘your’ seats at t’club.

…you know it’s pronounced ‘Arrigut’.

…if someone asks you, ‘’Where’s the Hospice’’ you’re tempted to say: ‘’Wherever it feels like it’’

…lake is something you do, not somewhere you go. …

you know Hannah Hauxwell was harder than anyone.

…mucky dripping make you salivate.

…t’int in t’tin makes perfect sense.

…you know another three or four drips will top off your pint properly. 

More to follow in next edition. If YOU have some good ones email me.

Hot director

The best thing since Julie Andrews!


I can’t believe it is two years since I started. We have sung well over the last year and I have been very –leased with the progress of the choir in general. The highlights for me and probably you were the three concerts at the Town Hall – with Lesley Garrett, the Heroes concert and our Christmas concert! All three concerts so very different but enjoyed by everyone.

We need to work on the quality of our singing this year and making sure we look after our voices and to always aim for the best possible balance, both between and within sections.

Recruitment really has to be the buzz word this year and beyond, we must never stop telling people about the choir and always look for avenues to bring new members along. Seven new members this year is not bad going, but there will always be those who leave for one reason or another and we need to keep the choir strong and healthy.

As mentioned at our first 2015 rehearsal I have the year more or less planned out with some major events along the way, not least a hoped for recoding in May/June. It’s about time we had something to show the choir off and I believe we are ready to take on the challenge. So, keep up the good work – learn your music (which isn’t usually a problem) – but do start To learn new words or refresh old ones – this is the key to keeping up-to date!

If you miss a rehearsal, read through a few songs to keep ‘the little grey cells’ working!

But above all else continue to enjoy yourselves and have fun! I am very happy I decided to join the choir and really can’t believe how quickly the time has flown by.

Steven Roberts (Musical Director)

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