Worthy Winner of this years Wine Tasting evening was Barbara Lewis, self confessed ‘Prosecco Queen’. Barbara came in with 5 correct answers to the wine selections and a tie breaker score of 17 in the quiz.
HMVC wine tasting is run by choir member Chris Rogers along the lines of “Would I Lie To You!” whereby a panel of ‘Wine Experts’ read a hilarious description of the wine of which only one is correct. Participants must discern this for each of the six wines. Of course the descriptions are made to be very difficult to read by our volunteer experts, and are hard to pronounce when a few wines have been imbibed, especially with a few risqué statements and double-entendres thrown in!
This evening panelists were Roger Wild, (Chairman), Denise Winterbottom (Ladies Chairwoman) and Graham Smith (Secretary) and all were good sports dressing up in berets and aprons and trying dubious accents like an episode of “‘Allo, ‘Allo”.
Also there was a table picture quiz to help separate the scores. Nibbles and soft drinks supplied by The Ladies Group and Roast Beef Sandwiches supplied by Mary Rogers. The evening was hosted and compered by Chris Rogers.
Thanks to all who took part and had a great evening. With limited tickets you don’t want to miss the next one next year!
If you hadn’t heard already, Honley Male Voice Choir will sing at Penistone Paramount Cinema Theatre on Saturday 21st MAY 7.30pm. It promises to be a great concert with many of your favourites to suit everyone’s tastes from traditional through to modern classics and show tunes.
The choir will be ably supported by Kevin Grunill, who is well known to Penistone Paramount and it’s superb cinema organ.
All in all, it promises to be a great event so why not come along. Tickets only £8 and can be obtained from the Cinema Box Office or on the door.
If you hadn’t heard already, Honley Male Voice Choir will sing at Penistone Paramount Cinema Theatre on Saturday 21st May 7.30pm. It promises to be a great concert with many of your favourites to suit everyone’s tastes from traditional through to modern classics and show tunes.
The choir will be ably supported by Kevin Grunill, who is well known to Penistone Paramount and it’s superb cinema organ.
All in all, it promises to be a great event so why not come along. Tickets only £8 and can be obtained from the Cinema Box Office or on the door.
Honley MVC kick off the new concert season in April with a thank you to Friends and Patrons with an Evening Concert to “Friends – Present and Future” on Sunday 10th April 2016 at St Bartholomews Church Meltham. See Poster – aside for details. This is a FREE concert to Friends and Patrons, but anyone else can come with a ticket priced just £6.
Honley men will be performing NEW elements to their repertoire along with ‘guest appearance’ from in house group “Eight in a Bar”.
Why not come along if your not yet a Friend, and become one! You will be very welcome… also Men, why not consider Joining the Choir??? Come along after the concert to Wine and Nibbles (wine charged by the glass) and meet choir members.
Hard on the heels of this concert the choir is again in action for the ROTARY Senior Citizens concert on 12th April in Huddersfield Parish Church. (Note the change of venue due to Town Hall Repairs).
Another great Christmas Concert “Christmas with Honley” and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
Here is the review by David Lockwood for Huddersfield Examiner Newspaper. Sorry about the dodgy video and raucus singing by the audience, but it is Christmas!
Well done to Carlton Main and soloists and Steven and Jason, or MD and Accompanist
Picture HMVC and Carlton Main courtesy Examiner Newspapers
Start your’Christmas with Honley’ – Huddersfield Town Hall 12th Dec. 2015
with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band. New CD on sale!
Tickets from http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls or via the BOX OFFICE 01484223200
https://chrisjrogers2.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/honleycdlores.jpg?w=150&h=150&crop=1Honley Male Voice Choir has produced a new CD to commemorate their 80th Anniversary next year. The CD is a collection of favourite songs from their current repertoire. ‘Voices in Harmony’ is the fifth the Choir have recorded over the years following on after ‘Deep Harmony’, ’Hymns with Honley’, ‘50 Golden Years’ and ‘The Pride and the Passion’ with the Band of the Royal Marines.
This would make an ideal gift for Christmas. You will find the CD on sale in the foyer Huddersfield Town Hall. at the Christmas with Honley concert 12th December. If you wish to purchase one at a later date, please order through any choir member, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Includes many of your favourite traditional, modern and show songs such as:
Love Changes Everything,
The Water of Tyne
I Dreamed a Dream,
The Lost Chord,
The White Rose,
Can You feel the Love Tonight,
Portrait of my Love
How to Handle a Woman,
We got a great write up in the Huddersfield Examiner on Friday Evening. Come and Join our Free Concert!!
We are sad to announce the passing of Bob Smith, one of our stalwart Baritones after a long illness. He will be missed! Our thoughts are with Beverley and Family at this sad time. May you forever sing in the Celestial Choir.
Come & Join Us! Get Involved
It’s never been a better time to start singing in a Choir!
It really has been proven to improve Health and Happiness, and its great cameraderies for a bunch of blokes to meet and sing and have a few beers afterwards! (perhaps not the healthy bit!).
But were doing a free concert for you to have a look and hear, with a few local Guest.(TBA). So forget the Karaoke, and singing into the Shower Head and get along and sing with real men! You wont regret it!
The concert will be informal and cabaret style tables for free refreshments (not beers sorry!)
It’s by ticket only (for refreshments) and you can get these from any choir member, Holmfirth Tourist Office 01484 222444;
Gail The Flower Box Meltham, 01484 850771
The Gallery Cafe, Honley 01484 666144
You dont need to read Music, just like singing and be able to carry a tune!
Come on, who doesnt want to sing in the Town Hall, with great celebrities?
Ladies need some space?… Send your man off on a Tuesday evening 7.30 to our choir practice in Honley Nursery & Infant School and give him something to do! See www.honleymvc.co.uk for details.
Hi All, Anyone who agreed to advertise in the September Magic of Musical concert programme please send your advert artwork before close Tuesday 8 th Sept. Deadline is 5.00 pm. to email@example.com. Thanks
Without giving anything away, the choir wil present a wonderful mix of show tunes from all our favourite shows including Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter and a host of other best composers. We will be be ably supported by Sarah Ogden singing Sullivan, Loewe, Sondheim Coward, and Herbert, and in addition, we will have Honley High School Children’s Choir performing tunes by Mac Huff, Larson and Johnson and also singing with Honley Men and Sarah. If you want to know the songs and the titles, you’ll have to come along to the show. Tickets are available on line through Kirklees Town Hall Box Office as in the Bill Board.
It’s great to support and have support from young voices in our community and also share the stage with such great local talent as Sarah.
See you there!
The Lions Club of Huddersfield held their annual free fund raising concert on Monday evening in the Town Hall. Honley Male Voice Choir hosted the event with Beverley Male Voice Choir and LB Brass.
The Lions are looking to raise £30,000 for a new Kitchen at Kirkwood Hospice and the free concert is usually well supported. Although the Town Hall was less than full, we were treated to an excellent and eclectic mix of music from all three groups, including ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, ‘Sound the Alarm’ and an ‘African Prayer’ and ‘Bring Him Home’ (Les Mis) from Beverley as just a few. Honley opened with Sullivan’s ‘The Lost Chord’ and went on to sing ‘Benedictus’ (Robat Arwyn) and ‘Anthem’ from Chess and many more. Jointly the choirs sang ‘Portrait of my Love’ and ‘Speed Your Journey’. Elizabeth Wilson conducted for Beverley and Steven Roberts for Honley, accompanied by Pat Cave and Jason Hawkins respectively.
LB Brass, as always, gave a tight performance and produced a big sound especially from only nine of them! These included ‘La Mourisque’ (Susato), ‘Georgia on My Mind’ (Carmichael) with trombone soloist Richard Midgeley and ‘Black Magic Woman’ (Santana). The second half brought us the ‘Liberty Bell’ (Sousa) and ‘Grandfather Clock’ with an excellent virtuoso solo from Liz Stimpson. Ably conducted as always by MD Garry Hallas.
It wasn’t by chance that Beverley joined with Honley and came about because Honley Choir Member Roger Horner’s son, Stephen is a singer with Beverley Choir, and have been looking for a reason to bring the two choirs together for some. Honley MVC regularly appear at the Town Hall and their next concert will be “The Magic of Musicals” in September.
I’ve always wanted to have a recording career in a “Boy Band” and now my dream has come true! Honley are recording a selection of around 20 songs togo on a CD and a fair reflection of our current repertoire. Its been a while since we last recorded.. I believe you can still get back copies at the iStore or on You Tube!. Bt the time is right to do another session so here we go…
And lots of happy smiling faces there are too… (I think Steven just told a joke). It was a hard days recording for the first session to produce 10 songs, some of which we did over and over again to ensure we got it right. The microphones take no prisoners!! Even the sigh or relief ( or was it a groan) after one session was recorded.
All in all a very tiring day but we got through and now now what to expect for the next session, mid June.
It was good exercise though, in singing much more quietly than our Town Hall blasts where we have to fill the space, and time for the subtleties in the music to come out.
It will be a few weeks before the final cut is completed and we are ready to press our first discs. So you’ll have to wait for then. So buy as many as you like, as long as we go Platinum before Christmas we don’t care!
A warm welcome to Jason Hawkins who is our new Accompanist for the choir. Jason joined us in May and is readying himself for his first full concert with us at Almondbury Methodist Church on Saturday 6th June. He has joined us following the retirement of George Marsden ( who still plays with us occasionally) and is both a pianist and organist.
We also thank Michelle Sutcliffe for the work she has done with us as accompanist for the past 3 years and she will now become our Deputy MD. Michelle has long associations with the choir and has work with us for the past five years.
Jason, young fellow that he is, is a rising star….
Jason Hawkins MusB(Hons) DipHE(RNCM) LRSM is a popular young pianist and organist bursting out onto the national and international scene. His electrifying interpretations have led to numerous engagements throughout the UK and Europe. Jason works extensively throughout the UK as a freelance accompanist, teacher and choral animateur.
Between 2012 and 2014 Jason was the accompanist for the Hallé Youth Choir. This lead to numerous performances at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester alongside tours of Belgium (2012) and Scotland (2013). During Summer 2013 Jason also toured with the Hallé Youth Orchestra as an orchestral pianist concluding at The Sage, Gateshead. Jason also enjoyed an accompanist relationship with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Singers being involved with projects at the Lowry Centre (Salford) and MediaCityUK.
The Exon Singers invited Jason as a guest organist for the 2012 Tavistock Festival (Devon) for an ‘Olympic Torch’ celebration where his improvisation on Howard Moody’s ‘Weigh Me The Fire’ drew many members of the audience to the organ console afterwards. Jason was re-engaged by the group in Salisbury later that year for another memorable evening.
During 2009 Jason performed Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 alongside the Toruska Orkiestra Symfoniczna in Toru, Poland to great audience and critical acclaim. In 2012 Jason performed Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto in Alderley Edge (UK).
Initially, Jason studied at Chetham’s School of Music receiving the Michael Abraham Piano Prize for Piano Sightreading and continued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Following the RNCM Jason graduated from Manchester University in 2014 with first-class honours degree in music specialising in piano performance and electroacoustic composition. Jason has studied under many prominent and influential teachers including Duncan Glenday, Christopher Stokes, Dina Parakhina, Darius Battiwalla, Marta Karbownicka, Simon Bottomley, Joanna Patton and Peter Moore.
After the interval there was a piano masterclass by Jason Hawkins, who produced seven minutes of non-stop pure artistic, energetic fireworks with Chopin’s Polonaise in A flat resulting in a standing ovation.
He wowed and excited that audience with an explosion of energy and rapid fire finger-work and interpretation
It was a huge shock to the choir on Saturday morning when it was announced of the unexpected passing of David Jagger (71), one of our stalwart Tenors. I was only talking to him on Friday evening at rehearsal and he was laughing and quite his normal self. We just couldn’t believe the news and it left us very sad and shaken.
We understand his passing being sudden and peaceful whilst asleep is no consolation to Marilyn his wife and the rest of his family. But we will never forget him and the contribution he made to the choir and personally touching all our lives.
His funeral is on Wednesday 10th June, at Christ Church Woodhouse, Huddersfield. We will all be there to sing One Moment in Time and give him a Irish Blessing, which he loved so much. He will be listening, so we’d best get it right!
May you forever sing in the Celestial Choir whilst we toil below. We will miss you and remember you every time we sing Deep Harmony.
And nearly wins!..
Congratulations to one of our oldest members, bass Stan Solomons (82) in being among the prize winners in the local Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland music festival last weekend. He was second in the British Composters class singing Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Vagabond’ and third in the Music Theatre class with ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ from Fiddler on the Roof. He was highly praised in those two classes and in three other classes he sang in. Stan being 82 proves singing really is really good for your health!
We commend Stan for his tenacity wanting to put himself through the rigour of a singing competition to prove he still has it! Well done Stan!
Honley Male Voice Choir’s popular and well-loved organist and deputy piano accompanist George Marsden has decided to retire after nearly forty-one years loyal service.
His farewell coincides with his 80th birthday which falls on St.Valentine’s Day, Saturday February 14.
And to mark both events the choir is honouring George with a special party to which all choir members, wives, partners and guests are invited. A presentation will be made to George at the party on Friday, February 13 at the Meltham sports and social club in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the life of the choir which he joined in August, 1974.
George, a modest man in constant good humour, endearing himself to choir and audiences alike, has also contributed generally to the musical and religious life of Kirklees. He became known as a man always willing to respond to requests to play for local organisations and at services, funerals and weddings at many local churches.
George, who was made a life member of Honley some years ago, attended a Buckingham Palace garden party in 2003 in recognition of his musical contribution to the life of local societies and churches and last year, when he achieved 40 years service with Honley, he was awarded the honorary title of Organist Emeritus which of course he retains.
Commented the choir’s Acting Chairman Roger Wild, “He has been a wonderful servant to the choir and we shall miss him.”
George who retired from his job as a clerk with Kirklees Council’s Building Services Department in 1993 still lives in the house in Armitage Bridge where he was born on Valentine’s Day in 1935.
When he was six he had piano lessons from Mrs Lily Buckley who was organist at the Salem Methodist Church in Berry Brow. She also agreed to teach him to play the organ, but after only a few lessons she left the area because her husband got another job in Burnley. No-one else could play the church organ and George was asked to help out until another organist could be found.
He played at his first service at the church in December, 1949 when he was 14 and surprisingly he was told that the trustees had held a meeting and decided to appoint him as organist, even though he had never applied for the job. He was paid £10 a year for two Sunday services and Tuesday choir rehearsals, plus ten shillings and sixpence for weddings and funerals.
He was then given tuition by F.W. Greenwood, organist at Holy Trinity Church in Huddersfield and later during his Army National Service in Germany he played the organ on Sundays at the garrison church. When he returned home in 1958 he resumed playing at the Salem church which had to close down a year later because the roof needed repairing and he was appointed organist at the Salendine Nook Baptist Church where he stayed for twenty-one years.
He left there in 1981 and since then he has been playing the organ at St. John’s Church, Newsome and St. Paul’s Church, Armitage Bridge – both on the same Sunday. For many years he was accompanist for the now defunct Honley Gilbert and Sullivan Society and currently plays for the Huddersfield Over Sixties Choir.
George, who played the magnificent Father Willis organ at many of Honley’s Huddersfield Town Hall concerts, won the Mrs. Sunderland Organ Class competition in 1961 and in 1984 he was elected President of the Huddersfield and District Organists Association.
We wish George all the best in his retirement and our grateful thanks for his unswerving service to the choir.
– Stan Solomons
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.
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.
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.
ACAPELLA ACCELERANDO (accel.) CODA RALLENTANDO (rall.) RITENUTO (rit.)
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 p (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 f (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.
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.
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)
Happy New Year to all HMVC followers in this first Blogging Year! It’s been a cracking year overall and pleased to see that we have quite a following (albeit yet small, in the the Netherlands and the USA). All at Honley MVC wish you a great and prosperous New Year and if you’re singers in choirs, not bum note between you!
The report below shows where all the support comes from have a browse and DONT BE SHY TO MAKE COMMENTS. Note this Blog Links to the Choir Facebook and Twitter accounts. See you there…..
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
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Honley Male Voice Choir Christmas concert with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band was a reet grand treat! The Band who are ranked in the top 10 worldwide hail from South Emsall, Wakefield in West Yorkshire, have many connections with Huddersfield and Honley.
Leigh Baker MD of Carlton Main is also Head of Music at Honley High School. Many of the players were at Huddersfield University and soloist Anna Spedding comes from Honley too!!.
The concert was a gem with many comments for the audience commenting on how well the band blended with the choir in the joint pieces. Steven Roberts MD of Honley was delight how responsive and co-operative the band were with Honley voices and the sound they produced ticked all the boxes for a top class band. Accompanist Michelle Sutcliffe was superb on Piano and our very own George Marsden, Organist Emeritus and deputy accompanist entertained at the opening preconcert and during the interval.
Suzanne Smelt of Huddersfield Examiner wrote: “Keeping it Yorkshire!’ were Honley Male Voice Choir and Wakefield based Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band.
Adding to the Yorkshire mix was local lad George Marsden who expertly serenaded us at the mighty organ on arrival.
We were wowed by the cracking Christmas medleys, performed by all, yet it was in the songs without the backing of the band in which the choir itself shone.
In Psalm 126 the gentlemen sprang to life! A hearty sound erupted and, with excellent diction, they sounded as ‘one voice’, under the very able direction of Stephen Roberts. There was sensitive a capella singing in The White Rose, and in the seeming simplicity of a hymn-arrangement (Llanfair), and Silent Night, the choir showed their mettle, with a robust tone whatever the volume.
Pianist Michelle Sutcliffe provided superb support, especially in the fast and furious piano accompaniment to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. .
Favourites such as Sleigh Ride and Troika were performed by the award-winning band, under the brilliant direction of Huddersfield musician Leigh Baker, and we recognised Christmas melodies in the dramatic Festive Entrada (composer, Ben Hollins). Leigh Baker’s volcanic arrangement of Paint it Black brought the house down! We were further impressed with the band’s soloists. What a treat to hear the unmistakable star quality of Kirsty Abbotts’ solo cornet playing in Away In A Manger. Anna Spedding’s flugal horn sound was radiant.
The finale, Shneewaltzer, was a jolly ‘audience-swaying’ number that concluded this wonderful evening of music-making.
Music that was played, sung, conducted, and occasionally composed, by Yorkshire folk in Yorkshire’s musical capital, Huddersfield! Bravo!”
( Source: Huddersfield Daily Examiner http://www.examiner.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/christmas-honley-male-voice-choir-8288036 )
The choir sang in St Mary’s Priory Church , Bolton Abbey, on Friday 5th on behalf of The Devonshire Arms. 47 members of the choir were present and had the opportunity of wandering around the Abbey ruins and a fabulous afternoon tea at the Devonshire Fell pub in Burnsall. The choir sang its’ Christmas program to around 70 audience. The acoustics in the Priory were very good. Steven Roberts had the audience rocking in the aisles with the ‘Schneewalzer” to much merry-ment and enjoyment of all. A lovely day in a lovely venue.
It was a good opportunity to air our Christmas programme to a live audience which will be conducted at our main concert with Carlton Main band on Dec 13th in Huddersfield Town Hall.
Norman Mellor, Bass/Baritone Soloist of renown, was recently invited by the Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir to perform at their gala concert. This was to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of their formation. In their own words “They decided not to engage a high profile star celebrity” at huge cost. Instead they invited Norman Mellor, together with an up and coming classical soprano singer and a 10 piece brass ensemble in addition to the choir.”
They and their invited guests got far more than they bargained for in our Norman, as they soon found out that he is quite a comedian. Following introducing himself he recounted the tale of the Taxi driver who transported him and his accompanist Philip Baxter (both pictured above) to the concert.
It transpires that during the journey they had both become increasingly aware that the Taxi driver did not seem to know where he was, or indeed the route to The Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. Eventually in desperation Norman reached forward and tapped the driver on the shoulder at which point the driver nearly jumped out of his skin, and then lost control of the vehicle suddenly swerving violently and mounting the kerb, nearly overturning the vehicle. Once the vehicle had come to a stop fortunately without colliding with anything, they were able to speak to the driver who confessed he was very new to the job, and that his previous experience although extensive had been driving a hearse. This brought gales of laughter from the audience and performers alike.
Bolterstone Male Voice Choir celebrated its 80th anniversary this year and held a Gala Anniversary Concert in the Cutler’s Hall, Sheffield, on Saturday 25th October at 7.00 p.m. The concert was by invitation only and therefore free to invitees . . . . Not often one gets something for nothing in this day and age! Several local dignitaries attended including the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, The Master Cutler and a couple of MPs.
In speaking for the guests after the concert The Master Cutler Mr. David Grey congratulated Norman on his singing and also remarked that when this part of his career was over, he definitely had a second career to fall back on as a stand-up comedian.
The performance of all those who took part was immensely enjoyed by the audience as the applause at the end of the concert showed.
I was in our local Honley branch of The Yorkshire Building Society a while ago and the Manager saw me looking at a poster in celebration of their 150th anniversary, including the ‘’Make a difference Campaign’’. She suggested I fill in a form nominating The Choir in favour of a £100 gift, which I duly completed. Having just returned from a short break away and on opening my accumulated mail, imagine my surprise and pleasure that we had been selected.
Brain Winterbottom and I collected a cheque from the branch recently (see photo below). Having been a member of the Choir’s committee, I know how much it costs to keep the choir going and how much hard work goes into keeping us ‘’In the black’’. Our grateful thanks go to the Building Society’s Charitable Foundation and rest assured the money will be put to good use.