Holmfirth Choral Society.

  • Holmfirth Choral Society

    is a mixed choir singing a range of styles, but enjoying most oratorios and masses. We don’t audition new members – we are open to anyone wishing to sing with us who feels able to be part of our friendly group of singers. We do try to reach a high standard of musicianship, and some of our concerts are accompanied by the Valley Sinfonia, a very competent group of local orchestral players.

    New members welcome!

    We practise on Thursday evenings in Holmfirth Methodist Church, 7.30 until 9pm (sometimes later when a concert is imminent!). Our concerts traditionally were held in Holmfirth Civic Hall, but more recently we have given some concerts in local churches.

    You are welcome to try us out with no obligation. We sing mostly oratorios and masses or similar, often in Latin, but a wide range of other styles too. We don’t usually audition members – in that sense, we are really a community choir, but we do sing moderately difficult music, so although there’s no requirement to be able to read music, it does help if you have some reading experience.

    Our history

    There was a Holmfirth Choral Society back in the 19th century, but it eventually wound up in the 1930s. The present Society started life as Holmfirth Parish Church Choral Society, which was basically the choir of the church that was augmented by singers from other churches and chapels specifically to put on a concert to raise money for the relief of victims of a serious flood which occurred in Holmfirth in 1946. The concert was successful, and the singers decided to continue as a group, which soon was renamed as Holmfirth Choral Society, and it has staged at least 3 concerts each season since then, apart from during the covid period.

  • Requiem for a Fading World

    Holmfirth Choral (plus a few friends) is providing the choir which will be part of the Holmfirth Arts Festival production of Kerrin Tatman’s Requiem for a fading world, a work in several movements for two soloists, choir, orchestra and piano, which forms half of a double-bill concert at Holmfirth Civic Hall on August 3rd.

  • Summer Serenade

    On June 29th, we presented a selection of shorter pieces that we have enjoyed practising over the last few weeks as an informal summer concert – which was followed by canapes and drinks. An enjoyable end to the 2023-24 season.

    Our informal Summer Serenade