Holmfirth Choral Society

Members' Information

Updated 13 June 2024

REHEARSALS:  Thursdays, 7:30pm, Holmfirth Methodist Church.  New members welcome.

I have had notification of some events in which some of you may be interested - please scroll down to just above the photographs from our Town Hall concert last June.

Rehearsals up to June 20th are primarily for enjoyment, without the pressure of perfecting performances.  The music for June 29th will be chosen largely from what we have sung through during the period from the beginning of May up to June 20th.  The rehearsal on June 27th will be specifically for the concert on 29th.  The choir will then break up for summer, apart from those singers signed up for the Arts Festival concert on August 3rd.  There will be no rehearsal on July 4th, but those singers will rehearse Requiem for a fading world ourselves on July 11th, 18th, 25th, then with the composer and perhaps the orchestra on August 1st, 2nd, 3rd.  The rehearsal on July 11th will not be at the Methodist Church (it's Holmfirth Art Week) -venue to be decided.

Provisional Rehearsal Schedule for "Requiem for a Fading World", concert 7pm Sat 3rd August:
Thu 11, 18, 25 July - 7.30, H'fth Methodist Ch. (GL)
(Thu 25 July - orchestra rehearse separately 7 - 9.30pm)
Sat 27 July, 10am - 2pm - rehearsal with orchestra if possible.
Thu 1st August evening - Choir with soloists + orchestral pianists, Methodist Church.
Fri 2nd August evening - Probably orchestral rehearsal, maybe with choir.
Sat 3rd August - 10am - 4pm full rehearsal with multiple breaks.  Concert 7pm

FUTURE CONCERT and other event DATES:
June 29th 2024 : Informal concert of short pieces, with canapes & (non-alcoholic) fizz,  Holmfirth Methodist church, 6pm.
August 3rd 2024 : "Requiem for a fading world" - Holmfirth Arts Festival concert (involves only members signed up to sing).
September 21st 2024 : Come & Sing Fauré Requiem, New Mill Church, afternoon (times to be announced)
November 9th 2024 :  Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Holmbridge Parish Church.
December 15th  2024 :  Christmas concert and tea, Holmfirth Methodist Church, afternoon.
March 22nd 2025 :  Mozart Requiem and Poulenc Gloria
, Holmfirth Civic Hall.
November 2025 : Verdi Requiem

Rehearsal midi files:  John Hooper has kindly produced midi files for many works we have done in the past, and he's already produced rehearsal midi files for works we have planned (as mentioned above) - see his full list at http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk
If you use the player recommended on John's site, you can have all parts sounding, but control the volume of each part separately.
Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle  http://learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Rossini/Petite-Messe-Solennelle/petite.html
Mozart Requiem  http://learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Mozart/Requiem/requiem.html
Poulenc Gloria http://learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Poulenc/Gloria/gloria.html

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We still have a few of our CDs (2002 recording) left £5 each; plus recipe books and HCS historical booklets.

REHEARSALS   -  Thursdays 7.30 until 9.15 (normally).    New members welcome! As you know, we are low in numbers particularly in the tenor section, but we need to expand all sections - if you know of any able singers, do please invite them.

You may be interested in:

1.  Runbysingers singing holidays - I've received this letter from Runbysingers, an organisation that has been around for some time, and who have organised holidays which have been well received:

As we do every year, we are writing to inform members of Holmfirth Choral Society that the new Runbysingers season of singing holidays in the UK and overseas has started booking at www.runbysingers.org.

Our singers are made up of individuals, couples and groups of friends from choirs all across the UK; it's a great way to meet new friends who share our passion for choral music. This is our 20th year.

Please let us know if you are not the right person to contact at Holmfirth Choral Society ; we have been arranging these events since 2003 and still every year we have singers who come up to us and say "I wish I'd known about Runbysingers before, why don't you send information to choirs"?

The answer is -  "We do - but it doesn't always reach the right person, so you don't get to see it"

We have 12 events to choose from in 2024 from familiar favourites like Venice and Assisi to new destinations like Vilnius and  Girona; there are also four Summer Schools in the UK

Please take a look at www.runbysingers.org and consider passing this email on to your members via the relevant Publicity Officer in the choir.

Just tell them:  "Full details of Runbysingers Singing Holidays 2024 season are now online at runbysingers.org"

And do drop us a line if you have any questions - info@runbysingers.org ; we are all singers - hence the name

Best wishes

Nick Couchman, Runbysingers Ltd

2.  Pennine Spring Music Festival, 27 May to 1 June 2024

Dear Fellow Singers

I hope you will join us for our mix of musical concentration and social relaxation. You’ll get a week’s singing in a fabulous setting, the historic Pennine village of Heptonstall, Calderdale.

Apply on-line at http://www.penninespringmusic.co.uk/join-us/

Each year we attract singers from far and wide who help each other perform to their best, driven - and entertained - by Choral Director, Keith Orrell. With social events, local attractions and beautiful scenery to enjoy, our Festival is a musical gathering that welcomes all and brings people back year after year.


Our choral programme this year includes Lili Boulanger’s Hymne au Soleil and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, with all scores provided on arrival. We relish rehearsing and performing three concerts in the Festival’s six days, alongside the Festival orchestra.

We welcome singers with a range of competencies, and we offer bursaries to help young singers to take part. For more information on bursaries, or any other aspect of the Festival please email: penninespringmusic@gmail.com. And follow us on Facebook at:


Yours sincerely


Alan Tomlinson

Festival Committee and choir

Well done everyone on June 8th.  The concert in the Town Hall was very warmly received not only by the audience there, but by the other performers and organisers, who commented how much they enjoyed our singing.  Organiser John Palmer emailed me his thanks, and said that it "instantly went into our Top Three from the tour so far".  A memorable event, I think.


CHORALINE     20% Discount for Choral Singers

If you order ‘EasyPlay’ via the ChoraLine website you will receive an email with a blue link to click and use on your PC/Laptop and the rehearsal recording will also upload into the Purchased Music section in the App to use on your Tablet/Phone.

 20% discount code :    CHORAL

                 STEP 1

                Visit the ChoraLine website to select the rehearsal recording you require.

                 STEP 2

                Click in the circle by your voice part (eg. Alto) & then click in the circle by ‘EasyPlay’

                 STEP 3

                Click  ‘Add to Basket’

                 STEP 4

                On the Shopping Basket Page type   CHORAL   in the discount code box and click the green arrow to activate the code.

                 STEP 5

                Complete the transaction and use your rehearsal recording on all your devices:

                 Phone & Tablet & iPad: The recording will upload into the ‘Purchased Music’ section in the App.

                PC & Laptop: You will receive an email with a blue link to click to use EasyPlay.  Please click here for tips


 The ChoraLine App

We recommend the App as the best way to use ChoraLine when rehearsing at home.  Please click the link below for a ‘step by step’ guide on installing the App and watch a video showing how to use all the new features in the App:


 ChoraLine CDs are now sold by Presto Music  (01926 886883) who are running a special 25% discount until the 30th September.

 Choral Clinic – Singing Tutorials for SATB Choral Singers (also available on the App)

Theses tutorials were recorded during ‘lockdown’ by two highly experienced choral singing teachers.  There are four levels (Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced) for every voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass).  Please click the link below for further details and to listen to a recording made by the teachers to help you choose the level right for you:


 Handel’s Messiah  -  We have put together a special page on our website with tips and advice when learning to sing this wonderful piece of choral music. Please do click the link below:


Vocal Exercises (also available on the App)

When singing at home we advise you always warm up your voice and pleased to recommend this recording specially put together by singing teacher Deborah Miles-Johnson - please click the link below to hear a sample:


Advice and Support

Please do email music@choraline.com if we can be of assistance and we will do our very best to help.

 Best wishes from us all at ChoraLine


 Andrew Grigg



We are affiliated to MAKING MUSIC, an organisation which provides resources for choirs and other music groups throughout the UK and beyond.

Rehearsal Aids:
ChoraLine have produced a new "app" allowing you to download rehearsal material - see  www.choralineapp.com - I have fliers available at rehearsal for this.  The app is free, but there may be a charge for the downloads, which are likely to be of much higher quality than the free material I have previously recommended (mentioned below).

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.

There is also http://www.cyberbass.com/ which offers part learning aids.  This site has been highly recommended by a few people I've spoken to.

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:   Handel's Messiah   
 http://www.cyberbass.com/  has been recommended to me as an alternative.
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


Several of you took part in the RSCM Festival in Leeds Cathedral on 23rd May 2015.    I've also some spare music copies from that event for sale at £3.50 each. 

Please try to communicate information with those of your colleagues who might not have access to web pages such as this.
G.L.  688487