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

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Thank You

We’re grateful to have received support from @TNLComFund part of the Gov’t £750m package for #charities@DCMS It has enabled us to continue

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rehearsing

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supporting our musical team

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fundraise

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release virtual performances

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serve our #community during lockdown #CommunitiesCan


Thank You

As a #charity, we are delighted to have received funding support from @TNLComFund part of the Government’s £750m support package for charities @DCMS. It has enabled us to continue to work as a choir, serving our community & fundraising for others during the #COVID19 lockdown. #COMMUNITIESCAN


We Rise Again (Phil Kirkpatrick)

A CHALLENGE WAS SET

AND THE TARGET WAS MET

A GROUNDBREAKING TASK

WAS ALL THAT WAS ASKED

HELPED BY TWO CHRISES AND CERI

STEVEN AND ROGER WERE KEY

THEY CREATED IN THEIR “CUBE”

A REMARKABLE YOUTUBE

A PROGRAMME SO WIDE

 AND PRESENTED WITH PRIDE

ENCOURAGING FRIENDS AND RELATIONS

 TO GIVE THEIR DONATIONS

THE GIFTS THAT WERE GIVEN

 WERE JUST MADE IN HEAVEN

WITH SO MANY IN NEED

 HONLEY SALUTES YOU INDEED

LET’S PRAY THE CHOIR CAN REMAIN

FOR THE DAY WHEN WE RISE AGAIN


Just a Little Ditty….

THE PERFORMATHON HAS SHOWN – THAT OUR CHOIR’S REALLY GROWN
INTO ONE OF LOVE AND AFFECTION – AND MAYBE FOUND A NEW DIRECTION SO, IS THIS THE WAY TO GO – TO PERFORM A CHORAL SHOW?

THERE’S NEW MUSIC WE ARE LEARNING – BUT TO SING LIVE IS ALL WE’RE YEARNING
OUR REPERTOIRE HAS MANY CHOICES – AND LOCKDOWN HASN’T TAKEN OUR VOICES WHICH MEANS OUR HEARTS ARE FULL OF FIRE – TO RETURN AS HONLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR

WE CAN HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH – AND WE SHOULD TRY TO REACH THE SKY STEVEN’S RAISED THE BAR – TO GET US WHERE WE ARE
BUT THERE’S MUCH MORE TO BE DONE – AND WE’RE HAVING LOTS OF FUN (PK)


13 days to go!

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 little Performathon Poem

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!


Still time to donate!

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

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/performathon2020


Please donate!

With less than 5 days to go to our #Performathon #fundraiser we’re asking all our local followers & supporters to share & retweet our #event so we can beat our £5000 #target for our #charities @HelpThemHelpUs & @Fairfieldstweet

#ThankYou

  Full details at: justgiving.com/campaign/perfo


It’s been a good week!

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


Performathon!

On Saturday 5 September 2020, the choir will produce 12 hours of continuous entertainment to lift the spirits! The ‘Performathon’ event will run from noon until midnight! Dedicated to all those NHS staff and key workers along with our other two charities who are managing through this difficult time.
Details of the individual charity websites can be found below:
Fairfield School, Batley – www.fairfieldschool.uk/
Honley MVC – www.honleymvc.co.uk/
 
An outline programme will be released at the beginning of August 2020. You will be able to watch as our members present a variety of items from song, talks, poetry, monologues/stories on Zoom, streamed via YouTube.
If you would like to make a donation please visit our JustGiving event page below:
 
Any monies raised will be split as follows – HEROES 50%, Fairfield School 30% and Honley Male Voice Choir 20%.
 
We are keen to raise as much as possible for these great charities so please share this information with family, friends and work colleagues. 
 
Although our preferred sponsorship route is via our JustGiving campaign page, should you prefer to use a paper sponsorship form, please forward an email to ideas@honleymvc.co.uk and one will be provided. 
Thanks for your time. 
Performathon Sub-Committee (Steven Roberts, Roger Wild, Chris Rogers, Ceri Davies & Chris Flanagan)

…we are still singing….and talking!

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!


Our Singing Community!

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!


Two firsts in one week!

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.


Lockdown Blog

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!


What singing means to us!

A GROUP OF MEN THAT CAN INSPIRE

WHOSE NAME IS HONLEY MALE VOICE CHOIR

EXTEND TO YOU A WELCOME HAND

TO COME AND JOIN OUR FRIENDLY BAND

 

THE MERRY MEN WHO SING IN PART

WILL WARM THE COCKLES OF YOUR HEART

WHO PRACTICE HARD FOR EVERY WORD

IN LANGUAGES YOU’VE SELDOM HEARD

 

THE AUDIENCE APPLAUD OUR VOICE

THEY SING ALONG AND OFT REJOICE

THE CHOIR RECEIVES MUCH FULSOME PRAISE

A REWARD THAT MAKES FOR HAPPY DAYS

 

EVEN IF SINGING IS SOMETHING NEW

DON’T BE AFRAID WE’LL HELP YOU THROUGH

COME AND HEAR US AND THEN TAKE PART

WE HOPE YOU’LL TAKE US TO YOUR HEART


Congratulations Brian Winterbottom – 50 Years!

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A Musical Celebration

On Saturday 20th May the combined forces of Honley Male Voice Choir, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Lindley Junior School Choir raised the rooftops at Huddersfield Town Hall in aid of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. The concert organised by Brian Winterbottom celebrated his 50 years with the choir…..and in his own words it has been “a truly amazing journey!” Today, Brian and his wife Denise and choir Chairman Roger Wild were able to present a cheque to the hospice for am amazing £10,065! Well done to Brian and everyone who sponsored, supported, attended and performed!


Nicholas McCarthy!

We shall be promoting our next concert at the Kingsgate Centre, Huddersfield between 10.30 and 14.30 on Sunday 27th August 2017! So if you want to find out a little more about us – Honley Male Voice Choir or our Special Guest – Nicholas McCarthy – why not come along and have a chat with us!


A Must Read Article!

http://www.examiner.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/world-famous-one-handed-pianist-13505577


Goodbye, Jason!

We are sad to announce that Jason Hawkins, our young virtuoso Accompanist is leaving us for pastures new.
He has decided to make a career change and get a real job! He is off to Carlisle to undertake Teacher training. He will be sadly missed by us here in the choir but we all wish him well for the future and thank him for his excellent services as our accompanist over the past three years.
Good Luck!


A Celebration!

Tomorrow’s setting will be the magnificent Huddersfield Town Hall where we will sing in a special celebratory concert. Hoping to raise £10,000 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and celebrating Brian Winterbottom’s Fifty Years in the Choir the stage will be filled with glorious music.

Guests include Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Lindley Junior School Choir and a programme to delight all concert-goers has been put together by Brian.

The concert will start at 7.00 pm and tickets will be available from the Box Office prior to the concert.


Fairfield School

What a privilege to perform to the staff and students of Fairfield School, just before their half-term break. The hall was full and a very excited audience awaited the arrival of the Honley men……and what a reception they received from the eager audience. The choir sang a 30 minute programme featuring  varied songs which entertained everyone and even got some singing along. The applause was so good that we had to perform an encore, and cries of ‘more’ followed even that. What a wonderful way for us to share our music with the community and in particular all at Fairfield School, thank for your warm hospitality and reception. Have a good half-term!


Repertoire Workshop

What a great morning exploring music from our library. It’s really important not to forget what music we have and to that end, the choir made suggestions to our MD from our current library list. Not knowing what would come out, we each received a contents sheet and set about thinking about what we could try out!. 205 titles later…we had a list! So, this morning we tried out the top 11 and from that we think we have found 5 we would like to add to our current repertoire. We are planning to do the same in May and explore some of the pieces that were only suggested once! A nice morning singing and sharing comments about the music and even the sun shone!


The New Year

Well folks, it has been a good start to 2017, we have seen several prospective singers attend our rehearsals in January and we welcomed new members prior to finishing in December for our Christmas break. We have begun well and sounding confident and strong. Like most choirs we have a big library and we have recently been asking members to tell our MD Steven Roberts what music we would like to try out in the future. To date we have received over 200 titles and some will be tried out at our repertoire workshop in February! So watch this space for up-dates on what we have chosen. But if you fancy singing or know someone who does just get in touch via our website, speak to Richard and come along one Tuesday! http://www.honleymvc.co.uk