This is the DECEMBER 2016 Edition                                                                                  To see this email at its best,
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   Yes, it’s coming soon!

Our Big Concert at the Town Hall

Sunday December 11th

....and you can get tickets - especially bargain tickets in the gallery
Click here to get tickets

What's in prospect?


A great night of music with the Choir,

Colne Valley Boys


probably the best brass band in the world;

Brighouse & Rastrick Band

To get you in the mood, here is a terrific song the Boys will be performing. It's called, 'Bethlehem'.  Click here or on the picture to hear it from the Barnsley Youth Choir.

And here's another little gem
One of the numbers the B&R Band will be performing, is called, ‘March of the Wooden Soldiers’.  It’s by a German chap called Leon Jessel. 

Jessel (1871-1942) is a composer best known today just for this jaunty march.The pictorial qualities of his music make it popular, particularly with children, because of its arm-swinging melody and strutting rhythm. It’s played here by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra.  Click here or on the picture. 

And there’s still more.....

The band will also be venturing into Jazz territory with their version, quite different from the Choir’s of, ‘O Holy Night’.  The arranger, Tom Kubis, plays it here with his Big Band.  You’ll like it – and of course it will be better still in the Town Hall with our fabulous instrumentalists.  Click here or on the picture below.


New boys and old boys  

Two new baritones, John Kilner and Kieran Chadha were welcomed into membership last Monday.  They were amongst the newcomers who came to October’s Open Rehearsal.

Kieran tells VotV, “I've lived most of my life in the Colne Valley, with a short sojourn in Cambridge, and we now live in Netherton. I've followed the Choir for a good many years - attending the Marsden Christmas Concert and Concert on the Hill, on-and-off, over the last decade or so. (crikey!)

I work for a company that's based in Manchester, writing and designing sales and training presentations for a wide range of clients, then coaching their teams to deliver them effectively. 

I've not really got a musical background. I've always admired CVMVC and finally plucked up the courage to attend an open rehearsal to give it a try.”

As for John, he says, “I’m always looking forward to a Monday night; thoroughly enjoy singing.  It’s both relaxing and rewarding.   

I’m a Structural Design Engineer, born and bred in Huddersfield with two grown-up children, Claire 36 and disabled Gareth 29.
I started singing out and about maybe 7 years ago - used to be a guest singer in a reggae band... did that for nearly 3 years”.
VotV wishes them many happy years of singing with us.

Not so new to membership are John Radcliffe and Ian McCaul.  Here John congratulates Ian for achieving 25 years of membership

John, it must be said, has been around for ‘Donkey’s Years’. We’re all new boys to him.  Only Keith Swallow matches his longevity with CVMVC.

Ian is a Bradford lad, now living in Fixby with Liz (to whom he’s been married for 45 years).  He writes, “I sang very briefly in the school choir but that was it until I met up with a friend, Kevin Martin, a former first tenor.  We were coaching our sons playing Rugby for the YMCA at Salendine Nook and Kevin said, ‘You sound like a 2nd tenor to me’ and the rest is history.
The first event after my test was the Christmas Concert followed by the '1,000 Voices' at The Royal Albert Hall.  My favouite song?  - Well that's really difficult. I’ve always enjoyed singing, ‘Two Roses,’ ‘Bon Jour Mon Coeur’ and ‘True Love’.”
Well done, Ian!   Well done all four of you

A moving occasion

All those who were there at the Remembrance Service on Sunday 6th November couldn’t help but be moved by the event. 

It is a secular service, organised by the Staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s Intensive Care Unit. The idea is for the friends and families of patients who didn’t make it, to recall the loss of their loved ones and to celebrate their lives.

ICU doctors and nurses talked and read poems, their contributions interspersed by music from the Choir.  At one point, people were invited to come down and light a candle in memory of their departed.

This is an event that the Choir does voluntarily and happily, not least because it’s moving for us, too, but also because - as can be seen from the feedback - it is evidently helpful and meaningful to the bereaved who come to take part.   



         Sad News                                          

Peter Denby and Jenny Baxter informed VotV that sadly David Halstead died a couple of days ago.  (23rd November)
“He had been a member of the bass section for 22 years and he will be greatly missed.”

Here we see David at Cornwall’s Eden Centre in 2009 surrounded by fellow basses; Stuart Baxter, Noel Clark and John Wimpenny (in the front). The other two are Neil Jennings (deceased) and John Morrison
Readers will note the green jackets we used to sport.
For many years David was ‘wardrobe master’. He would meet up with new members and get them kitted out with green jackets, grey flannels, shirt and tie – the Choir’s ‘day wear’ at the time.  So every new recruit got to meet him.  He was unfailingly helpful, very efficient and always kindly - the face of the Choir to us new boys.
At Monday’s rehearsal, the first meeting since the news, as is traditional, the Choir sang the ‘Fourfold Amen’ in his honour.  This short but very beautiful piece, written by former conductor, George Stead, was followed by a few moments of silent reflection about a brother departed.
Jenny continues, “Our thoughts go out to Aileen and his family.  I can tell readers that the funeral service is to be held at St John’s Church in Newsome (Jackroyd Lane, HD4 6JH for satnav purposes). It will be at 3:30 pm on December 7th
No doubt the Choir, all those who can, will want to turn out in his memory.”


Boys Concert at St James'

December 3rd at 3 o’clock in St James Church Slaithwaite, come and see Colne Valley Boys and their guests in their Christmas concert.

I know some of you will be thinking

‘I can’t be bothered to turn out.’  

But it would be a huge mistake.  VotV can tell you that from past experience it’ll be a fantastic afternoon.

The Choir had its ‘joint rehearsal’ with the Boys on Monday night.  Be assured they are in fine form. They sound great!

It’s not only the Boys who will be superb, there’s also a terrific brass ensemble.  It’s now called
Musica Youth Brass  but fans will recall this band as the former ‘Kirklees Music School’ outfit.

Then there is the
Kirklees Teachers' Choir, that will be determined to show they can have fun and sing beautifully, too.

Do make the effort – we can guarantee it will be rewarded!

And don’t forget to put the Marsden Christmas Concert in your diary, either

It’s fast becoming an essential part of the Marsden Christmas.  

Local people love it.  And it’s not just folk from the village.  People come from all around the Colne Valley and from much further afield, too.  In fact, VotV knows of one couple who come especially from Southern Germany to be there.

The Marsden Silver Prize Band may be the village band – but there is nothing parochial about their performance standards - they can hold their head up against competition from anywhere in the country.  Conductor, Alan Widdop, will bring out the best in them.

This year, there’s a fine new soprano, Esme Barber, to add to the pleasure.The Colne Valley Male Voice Choir will be relaxed and in the mood for fun and with compere, Peter Armitage doing the talking there will be a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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