About Us


Honley Male Voice Choir was formed in 1936 and with more than 60 singing members, we are looking forward to an exciting future with our Musical Director Steven Roberts.

The idea of creating the choir came from Ben Kinder, a well-loved local personality whose main interests were sport and music. Ben, a sales representative who died in 1952 when he was 72, had sung for many years in the now defunct Holme Valley Male Voice Choir.

He decided there was room for another choir in the Holme Valley so he and a group of like-minded friends formed themselves into a committee at a meeting which Ben called at the Wheatsheaf hotel in Honley on October 29th, 1936. Ben was elected Secretary and Ernest Armitage, who had also sung with the Holme Valley Male Voice Choir, became Honley’s first conductor.

Ben’s favourite hymn was Deep Harmony and since the choir’s formation every rehearsal has concluded with the singing of the first verse - Sweet is the work my God my King. To praise thy name give thanks and sing. To show thy love by morning light and talk of all thy truth at night –so maintaining the link with the choir’s founders and their twin aims of "excellence in male voice singing and good fellowship"

The choir’s first rehearsal was held on November 6th, 1936 at the Southgate Methodist School, which is now the Honley Theatre, and when the Second World War broke out in September, 1939, the choir had about 45 members. Twelve joined the armed forces and many others were working over-time doing war-work and so in September, 1941, it was decided to suspend the choir’s activities.

Rehearsals were resumed early the following year and the choir’s first touch of international fame followed in December, 1942 when 38 members travelled to the BBC studio in Leeds to record six songs which were broadcast in the USA in a programme called "Britain Sings"

After the war the choir won first prize at the Mrs. Sunderland Music Festival in Huddersfield in three successive years 1948-50. Since then we have had a number of successes at competitions, including winning first prizes at the Blackpool Music Festival in 1964 and the Morecambe Music Festival in 1984.

1975 saw the choir take their first of several trips to the Netherlands – the start of a link with the Ulfs Mannenkoor choir which continues to this day – and in 1991 we embarked on a concert tour of Florida USA. In 1996 we competed in an International Choir Festival in Malta and during the 1990s the choir provided pre-match entertainment at 8 National and International Rugby League and Rugby Union matches at Wembley, Twickenham, Old Trafford and The Galpharm (now John Smith) Huddersfield, stadiums.

In 1990 we had further success in the "Mrs Sunderland" and won the first National Male Voice Choir Championship and the Champion of Champions contest a year later.

Entertaining audiences has always been more important to us than competing in contests. In recent years we have staged several theatrical-style theme concerts with movement, drama and comedy and they regularly appear at the Huddersfield Town Hall with the country’s top bands. Our annual "Christmas with Honley" concert, which guests the undisputed World Champion Cory Brass Band, is now into its 9th year.

The choir has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes such as the Kirkwood Hospice and the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust Children’s Hospice and recently appeared with members of Oscar’s College of Performing Arts in aid of the Crossroads charity for Carers. Our 75th Anniversary concert raised £3,220.40 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice. We have staged two shows at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham, the first in 2005 in aid of a new cardiac unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, the second in 2008, for the RNLI. Our programme proceeds for the 2014 Lesley Garrett concert raised £788 for Yorkshire Cancer Reearch.

Honley Male voice Choir has achieved Charitable Status in 2014, with the aim of promoting singing. Registered Charity Number: 1158453.

If any of this interests you, why not come and join us, either as a singer or a supporter. More details are available from the Joining the Choir page.


Honley Male Voice Choir - 75 Glorious Years

Norman Mellor, our well known Bass soloist, has been compiling a history of Honley Male Voice Choir for some time.Entitled ‘75 Glorious Years’  it’s bound to be a best seller, so beat the rush and get your order in now. Now available.

Contact either Norman on 01484 851060 or our Choir Secretary Averil Manning on 01484 609605 to place your order. Cost per copy is £8.

Honley MVC Raises £1400 for Local Hospice

Honley Male Voice Choir is pleased to donate £1400 for Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersfield. Whilst a registered charity ourselves, we feel it important to give back to the community and our supported charity of the year. We fundraise for this ourselves through programme sales and other events etc

The cheque for £1400 was presented to Kirkwood Hospice fund-raiser Julia Owen at our rehearsal premises of St Paul's Church Armitage Bridge Huddersfield.



Honley MVC Present Cheque to Yorkshire Cancer Research

HMVC_Yorkshire_Cancer_LORES.jpgHonley men are proud to support local Charities and recently presented a cheque for £788 punds to Yorkshire Cancer Research from the procedes of programme sales for our concert with Lesley Garrett

Celebrating 50 Years in the choir with a Gala Concert for Charity

BW_ForgetMeNot_Presentation-5.jpgTriumphant Choir member Brian Winterbottom holds aloft a cheque for £10,065  as proceeds from a Gala concert with Honley Male Voice Choir,  Grimethorpe Colliery Band (Brassed Off fame) and award winning Lindley School Children's Choir in celebration of 50 Years with the choir and the culmination of 2 years hard work in assuring the fundraising.

The cheque was presented to Huddersfield's Forget-Me-Not Children's Hospice, Lynsey Marshall, on 9th September 2017.

The choir has always supported local charites and has a long standing relationship with Forget-me-not and has a 'brick in the wall' within the Hospice which says, "Sweet is the Work", the first line line of the choirs remembrance anthem to those who have gone before. In the photo below Brian and Denise Winterbottom with Choir Chairman Roger Wild present the cheque.










Live Streamed Performathon 1st for Honley MVC

On Saturday 5 September 2020, the choir held a hugely successful 12-hour ‘We Rise Again - Performathon’ virtual fundraising event.

Choir members presented a variety of items from songs, talks, poetry, monologues/stories on Zoom, streamed via YouTube to help raise funds for HEROES, the charity benefitting all NHS workers (charity no 1189737), our charity of the year Fairfield School, Batley (charity no 1184419) and Honley Male Voice Choir (charity no 1158453). AND We Raised £5287 + Gift Aid! To be divided between the charities.

A huge thankyou to everyone who performed and  donated.

Part 1

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Part 2                                                                                     Part 3

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HEROES (HEALTHCARE EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSE ORGANISATION, FOR EDUCATION AND SUPPORT) is a charity founded by NHS workers, for NHS workers. Their services cover the physical, mental and day-to-day needs of all NHS HEROES, from doctors and nurses to cleaners and porters.https://www.helpthemhelpus.co.uk/

Fairfield School, Batley provides a wonderful environment for children and young people with complex physical and learning disabilities to learn and thrive.  https://www.fairfieldschool.uk/home


Choir Achieves MATCH-IT status

Staying afloat during COVID -19 Restrictions has become a major challenge to all charities which have to constantly fundraise to stay afloat. Honley is no different since we support our professional musicians. With no revenue coming in from concerts we have to find other ways of of raising funds

The Choir are delighted to announce that we are partnering with One Community’s new programme of support called Match it!  This fund is open to all Kirklees based charitable organisations who are delivering services and activities that support and enrich the local community.  

Match it! will match our online fundraising efforts over 3 months from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021 up to a capped amount.  We have devised a suite of fundraising ideas to run for the next 3 months. Click on the image below for further information.  

It would be great if you felt able to support one or more of the initiatives by giving a little and sharing a lot to keep our tradition alive.

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Voices In Harmony

On Sale From December 1st 2015 through the choir only and concert sales.



Love Changes Everything, 

The Water of Tyne

 I Dreamed a Dream, 

Another Day,

The Lost Chord, 

The Rose, 

Psalm 126, 


The White Rose,

 Can You feel the Love Tonight, 

Portrait of my Love,

 How to Handle a Woman, 


Deep Harmony

Order your copy via info@honleymvc.co.uk

Musical Director – Steven Roberts


STEVEN ROBERTS is not only Conductor and Musical Director of Honley Male Voice Choir but also presides over Altrincham Choral Society and Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir. He is also an adjudicator member of The British and International Federation of Festivals and regularly adjudicates throughout the United Kingdom as well as being a music mentor for Music for Youth. He is also a member of the Board Trustees of the Federation.

Prior to 2006, Steven combined his musical activities with a full-time post at Barnsley College. During 17 years at the College Steven held a number of posts including Head of Performing Arts and Music, Head of Quality and Director of External Relations.

He has also been conductor of the Dodworth and Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choirs, the Allendale Chamber Orchestra, the Liverpool Welsh Choral Union, Sing Live UK and with The Huddersfield Choral Society, most notably for concerts with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras. He has also been chorus master for ‘The Magic of Queen’ and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), rock classics concerts with the Hallé orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has conducted the Manchester Philharmonic, Derbyshire Sinfonia, and the National Festival Orchestra as well as the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra, Black Dyke Band and a variety of other bands and ensembles.

He is in demand as a choral and voice specialist, but studied piano, brass and voice and has equal extensive experience in each field. He has lead choral days and workshops every year since 1993 and continues to inspire singers throughout the country; also in 1993 he was guest conductor of Coro Jubilate, in Peru and spent a month preparing the choir for a number of concerts, including one for the British Ambassador. The trip, under the auspices of the British council also included masterclasses in schools and colleges.

He has also trained singers to appear in concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Odyssey arena, Belfast as well as the FM Hallam Arena in Sheffield. He has been privileged to conduct in The College Gardens of Westminster Abbey for The Lady Taverners, in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, St Mark’s Basilica, Venice as well as in Florence, Sorrento, Amalfi, Milan. Austria, on the Rhine and in Bavaria

Steven is proud to be a member The Lords Taverners – the cricketing charity that raises money to give ‘young people, particularly with special needs a sporting chance’. 


Mrs Catherine Hall-Smith



Catherine Hall-Smith studied the piano at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with Frank Wibaut and the late Paul Hamburger, moving to the RNCM as a post-graduate to study accompaniment with David Lloyd. She began her career with Northern Ballet, where she toured extensively as an accompanist with the Learning and Development department.

Now based in the Peak District, she has a busy, varied and enjoyable career as teacher, coach, accompanist and as an examiner for Trinity College London. She currently teaches at Cheadle Hulme School and is a visiting repetiteur for the School of Vocal Studies at the RNCM.

As an official accompanist member of the British and International Federation of Festivals she regularly works at a number of competitive festivals in the North West and Lincolnshire.

Catherine is an enthusiastic supporter of all things choral and is Accompanist to Honley Male Voice Choir, something that she particularly enjoys!

Social Events

We have great social events together Like the Bowls..



 Danny Bullet in RIP June 2020