supporting our musical team
release virtual performances
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
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
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)
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 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!
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
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
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!