Holmfirth Choral Society

Members' Information

updated March 18th 2018 - see poster for King's Men below, added Feb 22nd

Many thanks to those of you who managed to get to the concert yesterday.  Everyone there pulled together, and the end result was a really enjoyable concert, even if there were only a few in the audience.  All three of our soloists commented on this, and I hope that you also enjoyed it.
Commiserations to those who failed to make it to the concert - after the hard work put in, it's really disappointing to be thwarted by the weather.
I hope that those who set out to the concert arrived home safely.
We can perhaps regret in hindsight that we didn't postpone the concert, but we thought we were taking the right decision at the time (many still think it was the right decision), and postponing a concert such as this is fraught with difficulties. 

SNOW / ICE : If we need to cancel a rehearsal at short notice, I will post a warning here, and send out an email to those who are signed up for emails / Members' Newsletters (see below).  
I know some areas are badly affected by the weather - if you find it difficult or dangerous to travel, please don't risk coming, but please don't email me either just for this reason.

REHEARSALS are at Holmfirth Methodist Church, Thursdays 7.30 as usual.  New members welcome!
There will be a rehearsal on March 22nd, but no rehearsals on March 29th (Maundy Thursday), April 5th or April 12th  (Easter holidays), and we reconvene on April 19th.
As you know, we are low in numbers particularly in the tenor and bass sections - if you know of any able tenors and basses, do please invite them. 

Many thanks for your excellent singing at our performance of Elijah.  Yet another superb concert.  Messiah was also an excellent performance, perhaps an anticlimax so soon after Elijah which must surely have been one of the best in the Society's history of over 70 years. See the Examiner Review at


17th March 2018 - Orff Carmina Burana, Ramirez Misa Criolla
Summer Concert - to be decided.   It's likely we will join in an event in Holmfirth on June 17th.
10th November 2018 - Cherubini Requiem,  Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana
8th December 2018 - Mozart Dominican Vespers, Bach Christmas Oratorio (selection) with Valley Sinfonia who will also play Bach Brandenburg No 4  
30 March 2019 (date to be confirmed) Verdi Requiem

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Several of you took part in the RSCM Festival in Leeds Cathedral on 23rd May 2015.  If you are not on the local RSCM mailing list, and you would like to receive information about upcoming events of interest to choir members, you can sign up the the mailing list at http://hudds.org.uk/rscm .   I've also some spare music copies from that event for sale at £3.50 each.

Rehearsal Aids:
I've  been told about a music teacher who records rehearsal CDs and has built up quite a reputation, I believe.  You can order your own part from him.  Some recordings seem to be piano only, others include a vocal line.   He is called Quintus Benziger, on 01799 586269, and his business is the Saffron Choral Prompt.
See also:  http://www.saffronchoralprompt.co.uk/    and   http://www.quintusbenziger.co.uk/    for further details.

A good source of midi files which are useful for playing parts through if you have a computer is http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/
Covered by this site: 
The midi player program I have mentioned before, MidiPlay_v2p6.exe  (actually this link is to a later version) will allow you to play files from this site, and adjust the volume of your own part to suit your learning.

We still have a number of items for sale, proceeds to Holmfirth Choral Funds, including:  our 2002 CD Holmfirth in Harmony (which includes Last of the Summer Wine and Pratty Flowers, hated by some but loved by others!!!);  our 50th anniversary souvenir booklet,  a recipe book (recipes submitted by members a few years ago), and still a few copies of Postcard Pops, a cassette (if you remember these!) made some years before the CD, and also with performances of those favourite(!) pieces.   Speak to me or email me for details or to buy one.  These are of course also for sale to people outside the society (who may or may not be viewing this members' page!)

Geoffrey Lockwood


The note below has been circulated to RSCM affiliates, but may be of interest to others too - if you would like to take part, please have a word with me first.

You are invited to Come and Sing (or listen to) The Crucifixion by John Stainer in St Giles's Church, Pontefract at 19:30 on Monday 26 March 2018.  Light refreshments will follow.  Dress is informal. 

Anyone familiar with the work can turn up on the night, however, there will be two short chorus rehearsals on the previous two Monday evenings (12 and 19 March) at 19:30 in St Giles's Church.

Please bring your own copy of the work if possible.  If you don't have your own, there will be copies available to borrow.

For more information, ask me - there's a contact I can give you for further information and to book.

Email from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Dear Sir or Madam,

 I recently came across Holmfirth Choral Society on Facebook and I am writing to you about an exciting  opportunity run Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in partnership with the Open University, that I think will be of great interest to many of your members.

The Certificate: The Practice of Music Making is a unique one-year distance learning programme It is designed for those who regularly sing in a group or ensemble of any genre whether it be classical, jazz, pop or religious, who would like to develop their skills in practical music making. There are no formal musical qualifications needed to apply and no audition to gain a place, only some singing experience and a passion for music and a desire to advance their performance skills.

We’d love to share this programme with you and your members, along with other music making opportunities. We can happily send flyers and materials if you provide an address. 

However, the best way to stay up-to-date is to sign up to our mailing list and select ‘Adult Music Classes’. Alternatively, we can sign you up if you give consent.

To find out more information about The Certificate visit trinitylaban.ac.uk/certificate

I do hope that this opportunity will excite you and your members, please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all.

All good wishes,

Hannah Jacobi

Learning and Participation (Music)

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance


Faculty of Music

King Charles Court

Old Royal Naval College


London SE10 9JF


Tel 020 8305 9354

Email h.jacobi@trinitylaban.ac.uk

Web www.trinitylaban.ac.uk/take-part

 Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales Company No: 51090 Registered Charity No: 309998. King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, London SE10 9JF

Email from the Derbyshire Singers

Dear singers

We write to you as someone who has shown an interest in or attended The Derbyshire Singers' choral weekends.
Attached are the details of our next choral weekend in May this year.

We are delighted to have Nigel Perrin lead the Saturday workshop on Mozart's Mass in C Minor and Neil Ferris lead the Sunday one on Verdi's Requiem.
Many of you will know Nigel as he has led most of our workshops over recent years. Neil has worked with us since 2016: he was appointed as Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus in March 2017. More details about both of them may be found on the attached form and on our website www.derbyshiresingers.org

We very much hope you will wish to join us in May.

Download the Brochure and Booking Form


A booking form can be downloaded here.  Members of Holmfirth Choral qualify for a £50 discount off the booking price - ask me for the code you need to quote on the booking form.

The text in the image above is not very clear, but reads:
Following the success of last year’s first camp with Peter Straker, this exciting gathering returns to Ingestre Hall.
Commencing on the Friday evening, a buffet will be served as we mingle and settle in before singing pop, gospel, musical theatre and classical. I’m already busy writing six-part arrangements especially for the occasion. After some parlour games and a nightcap or two, it’ll be ‘lights out’ before waking up to a full English breakfast to set us up for a busy Saturday of music-making.
Set in some thirty acres of Staffordshire countryside, we’ll have the exclusive run of the Jacobean mansion. There’ll be time during the day to explore its grounds including a private tour of  St Mary the Virgin, the only Christopher Wren church outside London. In the evening, we’ll don our glad rags and, after a champagne reception, dance the night away as I host one of my legendary black-tie parties! And for those who dare, ghost stories will be read into the early hours…
The weekend will culminate in a very special session on the Sunday morning with none other than the iconic Kiki Dee. Best known for her 1976 international number one duet with Elton John, ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, Dee was the first white British artist to be signed by Motown. After solo success with ‘Amoureuse’ and ‘I’ve Got the Music in Me’, she went on to play the starring role of Mrs Johnstone in Bill Kenwright’s original production of Blood Brothers. An audience of local villagers will hear the fruits of our labour and we’ll enjoy a Sunday roast before saying our goodbyes, until next time.
As far as I’m concerned, there is no activity more inclusive than group singing so whether you’re a complete beginner or seasoned professional, I invite you to join me in what promises to be another unforgettable experience.

An email received from Phillip Tolley:

The latest version of the British Choirs on the Net ‘Chorister’ Newsletter is now available online.

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This edition includes features on the London A Cappella Festival, Holocaust Memorial Day song sheets, the Messiah 4 Grenfell project and an interesting article of the benefits of Singing from the Bach Choir

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The British Choirs on the Net 'Chorister' Newsletter  (NEW JANUARY 2018)  is now available online. To view the newsletter please visit


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