This is the LATE DECEMBER EDITION    for Members and 'Friends' of the Choir.                                                                            

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Colne Valley Male Voice Choir has hosted a Christmas Concert at Huddersfield’s magnificent Town Hall every year for nearly half a century and they maintained that fine tradition on Sunday with a grand night of musical entertainment.

Immediately after  the Choir’s dramatic opening ‘Fanfare for Christmas’ the near capacity audience was on its feet to sing, ‘Christians Awake’, backed by the rousing brass of Brighouse and Rastrick Band. 

The band, under its new resident conductor, Leigh Baker, played with all the flair audiences expect from this world-famous ensemble: top-placed English band in this year’s National Championships. Their ‘Rocking Carol’ in the first half featured a fine flugelhorn solo by Lucy Cutt.

The Choir was joined by Opera North’s, Victoria Sharp, providing the soprano solo to Musical Director, Thom Meredith’s own arrangement of Adolphe Adam’s, ‘O Holy Night’.    Thom and Victoria were on stage later to sing together the haunting duet, ‘That’s All I Ask of You’ from Phantom of the Opera. 

The Choir’s own youth division, Colne Valley Boys charmed the audience with the ever-popular ‘Walking in the Air’ and the Boys, with Choir and Band brought the first half to a heart-felt performance of ‘Let there be Peace on Earth’.

Perhaps the Choir’s finest number was their gloriously melodramatic rendition of that Edwardian classic, ‘The Star of Bethlehem’; its range of emotions so skilfully realised by that ‘Titan of the Keyboard’, Keith Swallow, unbelievably, giving his 47th consecutive Colne Valley Christmas concert.  

The theatricality continued with the band’s majestic, ‘King of Kings’. Finally Victoria, Band and Choir united for a dramatic finale - another classic - ‘The Holy City’. 

  Titan  of the Keyboard                                                                                         Choir Chairman, Peter Denby, hosted.                                                                                                       
Report: Lendl Sifaka                       Photos: Cate Clark

Marsden Silver Prize Band

with Harriet Astbury 
Colne Valley Male Voice Choir 

at Marsden Church

Saturday Evening Dec 19th

Peter Armitage
7:30 pm start  
Drinks available all night

Put your video on for ‘Strictly’ and be there!


Music Theory

We sang this Christmas song at the Town Hall last Sunday but our version was a bit different and about chestnuts.

Thanks to Tish Barker for this gem!

4 on a Piano

Chris Pulleyn spotted this piece;
Galop-Marche, by Albert Lavignac

Chris is looking for the music.  Has anybody got the score?

Click here or on the picture to view this pianistic feat
And another thing.....

Colne Valley Boys

Christmas Concert


What a cracking concert was held last Saturday. (5th December).  A good-sized audience at Saint James in Slaithwaite were treated to a brilliant afternoon of Christmas music. 
Here we see the Kirklees Junior Brass Band. They might be young but they certainly didn’t sound like beginners.  They were great, working with conductor, Alexandra Kenyon, not at their head but giving her cues, sitting at the front, playing her own instrument. 

Our very own junior division, Colne Valley Boys get better every year - so ably supported by that terrific accompanist, Chris Pulleyn and the skilled musical leadership of Thom Meredith.  Much praise, too, should go to Linda and Matt Houston who work tirelessly to organise and support the boys and their activities
The boys sometimes split into two groups.  Here we see the ‘Senior Group’ about to sing the Billy Joel number; ‘Uptown Girl’.
The newly-formed but very excellent Kirklees Teachers’ Choir, ranged from the challenging Mozart piece, Ave Verum Corpus' to the differently demanding,  ‘Your Love keeps on Lifting Me ...Higher and Higher’ in which many choir members took on solo lines.   

They came back onstage to join the Senior Group in an arrangement of the Charles Trenet number, ‘La Mer’. Or Beyond the Sea, as it’s called in the English version the Choirs performed with a gentle swing.

The ‘Youth Choir’ sang as a mini-ensemble, too, with gusto, great charm and lots of skill.

When all the boys sang together as one group they were very effective, managing to overcome the difficulties of mixing voices at different stages of development – the boys range in age from 8 to 18 – to create an excellent blend and a delivery with ever-improving precision and performance levels.  There’s a lot of talent in this choir - not least in that they are able to provide the violin obligato to ‘Walking in the Air’ and many other solo contributions from within their own ranks.
Well done, Colne Valley Boys.  A right good do!
And should you want to join them, there’s an Open Rehearsal on Monday January 11th at our rehearsal room, upstairs at Slaithwaite Conservative Club

Rehearsals are normally every Monday in term time at Slaithwaite Conservative Club, doors open 5.15pm. The younger boys rehearse from 5.30pm to 6.30pm, the older boys join them from 6pm to 6.30pm then continue till 7pm.  For further information check out their website or telephone Linda Houston 01484 658188.
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