Joining the Choir

Hallelujah! Singing in a choir is as good for your heart and your head! 

Did you know belting out the chorus of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is good for your health?

Scientists discoved that chanting the 'hallelujahs' of a No.1 hit can be as good for the heart as a yoga session!  That’s because singing helps us to control our breathing and regulate our heart beat and pulse. Doctors have confirmed that singing is good for the brain and helps ward off Dementia and related conditions. And, while singing alone is good, singing in a choir is even better, research shows.  

HonleyMVC are always on the look-out for new singers and the ability to read music is not essential. Do come and Join Us!

Joining the Choir

If you'd like to sing with the choir, become a 'Friend' of the choir, or help the choir in other ways, this is the place to learn more.

Sing with the Choir

We'd love you to join us! We're looking for new male singers to help increase the size and power of our choir. You don't have to read music, have had choir experience or undergo a frightening audition. Just so long as you can hold a note and sing in tune we need you … so why wait? Join us now.

We rehearse almost every Tuesday at St. Paul's Church, Armitage Road, Armitage Bridge, HD4 7PD. We practice from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Please feel free to come along at about 7.15 any Tuesday evening to check us out. You'll be made most welcome. There's lots of car parking space adjacent to Armitage Road at the mill complex across from the church.

If you don't fancy just turning up, read on to discover an easier way of learning about the choir and joining us......

Most men can sing, but many of us think we can’t sing well enough to perform in front of an audience. Well, perhaps that would be true if we were 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 great 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 new friends and we relax together whilst at the same time learning new things and making great music together.

The Easy Way to Join Our Choir.

We know that for many men it can be a most daunting experience walking into a new group of people especially not knowing what to expect, who to speak to, or what might be expected of you.

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

Richard will be pleased to tell you about the choir, either on the phone or, if you prefer, by arranging to see 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 often as you like whilst you're making up your mind about joining us.

Richard will be happy to pick you up to 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 Music Secretary and Steven Roberts, our Musical Director/Conductor.

On your first visit you'll be asked for some basic details and whether you already know what part your voice is best suited to - 1st tenor (the highest), 2nd tenor, baritone or bass (the lowest). 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.

Then, in the rehearsal you'll be able to sit 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 and, 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 have no experience whatsoever, you may feel a little overwhelmed initially, but don't worry about it, 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 home.

We hope you'll join us, you'll be very welcome. If it helps, bring a friend along with you, it can make it easier!

What Do Choir Members Say?

I joined Honley Male Voice Choir five years ago. It was the best decision I ever made, it has changed  my life. If there’s anyone out there who would secretly 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 or just want to learn more about us please contact Richard Wade - Tel : 01484 548758,  Text : 07981 900192,  or Email : joinus@honleymvc.co.uk.

Become a 'Friend' of the Choir

Regular supporters of the choir can have a greater involvement by becoming Friends of the Choir. This allows for the early purchase, in April/May, of tickets for our highly popular annual Christmas Concert.

Additionally 'Friends' are invited to a free annual concert especially for them and also to 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 the choir please contact us via an existing Friend, a choir member or at info@honleymvc.co.uk marking your message 'Friends Secretary'.

Help the Choir

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 rehearsal. 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 by emailing info@honleymvc.co.uk  marking your message 'Choir Helper'.

Want to Join us? See what we do at rehearsal

Honley Mail Voice Choir are pleased to release a video of a normal rehearsal evening to show what it is like, based on various clips and following the story of a new recruit. If you fancy joining our 50 strong singing members go to the Join Us page. Enjoy this on You Tube by clicking on the picture of Norman Mellor BEM! Norman has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to charity.

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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.