Joining the Choir

Recruitment Campaign

We are looking to increase the size of the choir and will be holding a series of  recruitment campaigns.Come along to a rehearsal on any TUESDAY Evening at the TEMPORARY REHEARSAL LOCATION:  ST.PAUL'S CHURCH, ARMITAGE BRIDGE for the forseeable future.7.30pm - 9.30pm.

Alternative locations may be advised from time to time. Please check with Richard Wade (below) if you are uncertain.

Joining Our Choir

There are a number of ways to become involved with Honley Male Voice Choir.

You could become a Singing Member of the choir - new singers are always most welcome. If you’d like to be involved in some other way you could become a Friend of the Choir or a Choir Helper.

New Singing Members  (Men Only)

Most men can sing, but most of us think we can’t sing well enough to perform in front of an audience. Well, perhaps that’s true if we’re singing solo, but as choir members we don’t sing solo so we don’t need to be marvellous singers.

Yes, there are some wonderful singers in our choir, but we're mostly mixed ability. However, when we all sing together we make a really good sound and when we sing well together we get a real adrenalin buzz and an overwhelming sense of achievement especially when we do it in a great concert.

Singing in a choir is great for letting off steam and making lots of new like-minded friends. It’s also a proven medical fact that singing in a choir improves breathing and lung capacity, blasts depression and anxiety, beats loneliness and lowers blood pressure. In fact it makes us healthier in a whole host of ways.

But above all it's fun! We make and meet new friends at our weekly rehearsals, we relax together whilst at the same time learning new things and making great music together.

The Easy Way to Join Our Choir.

Some potential new members are quite happy to turn up at a rehearsal unannounced. This is great and anyone who just turns up will be welcomed with open arms. We use more than one rehearsal venue, so to find which one we're using for our next Tuesday evening rehearsal (7.30 – 9.30pm) please ring Richard Wade on 01484 548758, email him on joinus@honleymvc.co.uk or text him on 07981 900192.

However we know that for many people it can be a most daunting experience walking into a new group of people especially when you don’t know what to expect, who you need to speak to, or what might be expected of you.

So we make it as easy as possible. Again, we ask you to ring Richard Wade, one of our bass section singers, on 01484 548758, email him at joinus@honleymvc.co.uk or text him on 07981 900192.

Richard will be pleased to tell you about the choir and answer any questions you may have, either on the phone or, if you prefer, by arranging to visit you at your home. He’ll tell you all about the choir, the joining process, what to expect at a rehearsal as well as answering your questions. Seeing you at home has the advantage that he can also show you the songs and music we're currently working on and demonstrate our Dropbox facility which is useful in helping us learn and practise songs at home. Rest assured, any visit will just be for a friendly chat, nothing else.

Then, without asking for any commitment, you're invited to come to our Tuesday evening rehearsals to see what you think. You're welcome to come to as many rehearsals as you like whilst you're making up your mind about joining us.

Richard will be happy to pick you up and take you to your first rehearsal, or meet you near the rehearsal venue just before the rehearsal. He’ll walk in with you and introduce you to the one or two people you need to meet – usually Roger Wild, the choir chairman and Steven Roberts, our excellent musical director/conductor.

On your first visit you'll be asked for some basic details and whether you already know what part (1st tenor, 2nd tenor, baritone or bass) your voice is best suited to. If you don't know this, they'll check it out with you in private. Be assured, there's no pressure, this is not an audition – and you don’t need to read music.

Then, in the rehearsal room, you'll be able to sit in with experienced choir members in the section best suited to your voice. You can sit and listen, try to follow where we are in the music or, if you wish, try quietly singing along as, over the weeks, your confidence grows.

If you've not been in a choir before, and many new members haven't, you'll probably feel a little overwhelmed for the first few weeks, but everybody does at this stage. You’ll soon begin to feel more comfortable and more confident.

After the rehearsal Richard will meet up with you again to see how you liked the experience and, if necessary, take you back home.

We hope you'll join us, you'll be very welcome. Bring a friend along as well if you wish, it often makes it easier!

What Do Choir Members Say?

I joined Honley Male Voice Choir four years ago.

It was the best decision I ever made, it has changed

 my life. If there’s anyone out there who secretly would

like to join a choir, don’t delay, do it today.

David Hinchliff

 

If you like singing give our choir a go.

You’ll not regret it!

Norman Mellor 

If you’d like to come to a rehearsal to check us out or just want to learn more about singing with Honley MVC please ring Richard Wade on 01484 548758,  email him at : joinus@honleymvc.co.uk or text him on 07981 900192.

Friends of Honley Male Voice Choir (Anybody)

Regular supporters of the choir can properly connect with the choir by becoming Friends of the Choir. This allows for the early purchase of tickets for our Christmas Concert (usually held on the second Saturday in December at Huddersfield Town Hall) in April/May of each year.

Additionally 'Friends' are invited to attend an annual free concert especially for them and also most of the social events and trips away arranged by the choir.

Our aim is to make you feel 'part of your choir'.

If you would like more information on becoming a Friend of Honley Male Voice Choir please contact us via an existing Friend, a choir member or at info@honleymvc.co.ukmarking your message 'Friends Secretary'.

Choir Helpers (Anybody)

It takes a great deal of hard work to run a choir such as ours. Most of this work is carried out voluntarily by choir members but there are opportunities for people interested in the choir to help in a variety of ways.

This could be helping the choir set up for concerts or publicity/recruitment events. It could be helping put music on our Dropbox which singing members use for private rehearsing. It could be helping at our social events or it could be helping the choir with its website or other IT, administrative, publicity, marketing, recruitment or accountancy matters.

If you wish to offer your services and skills please contact us either through a choir member or by emailinginfo@honleymvc.co.uk marking your message 'Choir Helper'.

 

Rehearsals are held Tuesdays 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at:

St Pauls Church, Armitage Bridge  Huddersfield, HD4 7PD

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Choir Polo Shirts

PoloShirt-1.jpgA Polo Shirt bearing the Choir's logo and motifs is available. The Choirs crest is on the breast and the right sleeve sports a Yorkshire Rose surrounded by 'Honley Male Voice Choir'.

These Limited Edition shirts are avilable in black, sizes S,M,L,XL,2XL and at special price of only £15.

The sizes are similar to equivalents from M&S. Anyone can wear one, you dont have to be a singing member. If you wish to make a purchase, please place your order using the 'Contact Us' email address on this site. Will make a great Christmas gift.