Cheque presentation to Macmillan
Huddersfield Town Hall with Young Opera Venture
What a night in Huddersfield Town Hall with Young Opera Venture!
This company showed, yet again, why Opera need not be elitist. Not only did they get the audience on stage but they encouraged us to become an Opera Chorus! And for one night we were! Vivat!
A truly spectacular night - both visually and musically.
The Choir in London - July 2013
At the end of July the Choir spent a weekend in London. Shows, museums and restaurants where visited and enjoyed but we did get
time for some singing as well. Southwark Cathedral and the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
were special venues: both have invited us back next year. Saturday night was spent at the Cockpit near St Paul's, many members
suffering a soaking from the violent thunderstorms that took the edge of the 30 degree heat.
These are a random selection of images which are included here on the premise that a picture is worth a thousand words. I'll leave you to make your own mind up ...
Open Day - July 2013
Last Thursday, 27th July, at Holmfirth High School, representatives from Holmfirth Parish Council, Christ Church, New Mill, Bower-Roebuck, Birks, Holmfirth Arts Festival, Holmfirth Rotary and many others enjoyed a light-hearted presentation on 21 years of the life and times of the choir. Alan Hicks spoke and the projectionist was Doug Shuttleworth. Formed in 1991, inspired by ex-operatic tenor, Len Williams, the choir went on to sing at prestigious venues such as Royal Albert Hall, Cardiff Arms Park and Winter Gardens, Blackpool, and alongside the likes of Aled Jones, Sir Willard White and Julian Lloyd-Webber at our own Huddersfield Town Hall. The school jazz band, musical director Jo Brear, entertained brilliantly at the start of the evening and during the interval. The event concluded with a short set from the current choir repertoire, musical director Alan Brierley and pianist Emma Binns, including the hymn Eli Jenkins from Under Milkwood, sung by a small group of surviving founder members. Special thanks to Holmfirth High School, Malcolm Galloway, Jo and the band, the kitchen staff for putting on supper and the parent-teachers association for running a bar. Final thanks to Rupert Wilson for taking on the role of compere.
The Choir in Cornwall
The Choir visited Cornwall for the 6th Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.
Sunshine, pasties galore, great venues and experiences. Will we go back again in 2 years time? We'll see!
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The Choir's annual workshop was held, for the sixth successive year, at the Red Lea Hotel in Scarborough. There is little I can add to the previous years commentary on this event. Superb as usual. Good company, valuable rehearsal time, unusual and hugely entertaining 'party pieces' and the now traditional song-fest in the Highlander on Saturday evening. The hotel improves each year under the successful stewardship of Nick and his wife and we are already destined to return in 2014.
We broke our return trip on Sunday afternoon with a concert at a venue not visited for several years. Helmsley Arts Centre is a delightful and architecturally eccentric building. I have rarely seen an interior with so many connecting doors and passageways! A small, but appreciative audience demanded an encore but the threat of imminent snow meant we had to head for home with all haste. It was this pressurised evacuation which probably led to the 'loss' of two scarves, both highly prized by their owners, me being one. Fortunately these were re-patriated some days later after numerous digital and analogue communications had been exchanged!