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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
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
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
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
8th December 2018 - Mozart Dominican Vespers
, Bach Christmas
(selection) with Valley Sinfonia who will also
play Bach Brandenburg No 4
30 March 2019 (date to be confirmed) Verdi Requiem
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.
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/
for further details.
A good source of midi files which are useful for playing parts
through if you have a computer is
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
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'
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
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
However, the best way to stay up-to-date is
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,
and Participation (Music)
Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Royal Naval College
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
Email from the
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
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
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
CHOIR CAMP 2018
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
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
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
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