Monday, 9 November 2015

Anne makes a welcome return

New Mill welcomes back Anne Levitt as guest conductor for four rehearsals.

The choir are well into their Christmas repertoire, with one new song from conductor Alan Brierley - Calypso Carol.

Otherwise all the old favourites are there.

And an innovation. The audience will be able make a choice as to what we sing during the Christ Church concert.

The usual 3 concerts - Penistone Paramount (Denby Rotary), Low Moor, Bradford (BASF) and Christ Church, New Mill.
Details to come.

Comedienne who can sing a bit

Funny and lovely
Buxton Opera House Oct 2015
Panis and Climb Every Mountain were good too

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

songs - music video

Irish Blessing                                                                   faithful

Irish Blessing - the priests                                                WARMUP1

The Manchester Ballads  broadcast                                  WARMUP2

Sidings                                                                                Trail words -

The Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra  broadcast                 trail    video

 Still Crazy Paul Simon                                                      chickens

On my way home  Joe Cocker                                           madness

Over the rainbow  Clapton                                                fields of gold

moon river 

Autumn Leaves  Clapton

How great thou art

blue ridge

sound of silence    Click here to listen

Where can you hear great male voices and a brass band?

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Our chosen charity at Ossett brewery

Half of Team Sheila working hard on the tombola, between face-painting and the tuck shop. Just out of sight is the bar, serving Blonde at £2.50 amongst a lot of other beers and things. It's the longest time I've been so close to a drink and not indulged, though I eventually did at 6.15pm having been there since 11.30am.

Overlooking the brewery is one of eight iconic towers housing the floodlights that kept Healey Mills marshalling yard working day and night. Opened in 1963, the 140-acre site was once one of Europe’s largest yards      

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Honley Ladies choir at play

The Boulodrome - Moor Bottom Road, Netherton.

The annual boules competition was held this week at the home of Ann and Dave Talboys. Teams of three battled it out in the traditional ladies' choir feisty style. Keeping the peace fell to two trusted adjudicators who managed the task with good humour.
  The hostess sang several solos, illustrating questions contained within a quiz; a cerebral balance to the bouling, and no less competitive. She was then joined by an adjudicator (and kept him in tune) for World without Love by Peter and Gordon.
  Alas, your correspondent had a date with Saints vs Giants on Sky and left before the final tie.

Also the Mrs Sunderland contest

Monday, 20 July 2015


Myfanwy is a love song. Len Williams taught us to sing it.The Aberfan story is heartbreaking. Ynysowen MVC was formed after the disaster, but there is no utube recording of them singing Myfanwy.

Radio 4 podcast - Orpheus -

Say it with chocolate cake

Saturday was chocolate cake day. New Mill Male Voice Choir had their annual stall in Holmfirth; to raise its local profile and advertise concerts. We chose a central spot, next to the butcher, so footfall was much greater than the market where we had been before. The weather was kind.
  There were plenty of passers-by who got their heads down and tried to ignore us. Either lacking social skills or not wanting to do or give anything in exchange for our piece of chocolate cake. My response was 'You don't know what you're missing.' They didn't hang around long enough to discover the cake was free.
  More sociable pedestrians smiled and touched their tummies or said one or all of the following:
    'I'm on a diet.'
    'I'm trying to lose it.'
    'Not with my weight.'
    'I'm diabetic.'
    'I'm gluten free.'
    'No, I'm dairy.'
    'I've just had my breakfast.'
  There was a smell of cooking bacon throughout the morning, to be replaced around 11.45am by notes of battered fish.
  A good half of our custom had a piece of cake, laughed and said thank you. Many were from the Holme Valley, had heard of us and intended to come to a concert. Who knows? Our 100 programmes were gone by 11.30am
  A dozen or more singers turned out. Some went round the shops where chocolate cake was more than welcome. The butcher was especially grateful, though we didn't get any free meat samples.
  Some of our visitors wondered whether the cake was home made. Yes, thanks to Greg at the Bridge Bakery.
  We still haven't worked out how to muster enough singers to perform a short set. Maybe next year.

warm bread cold meat
home portraits far flung sun fun
cake and song for love

Monday, 22 June 2015

Scarborough Fair

Scarborough Fair is part of a Yorkshire medley that we sing. Wiki says '"Scarborough Fair" is a traditional English Ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.

Paul Simon learned the song in London in 1965 from Martin Carthy who had picked up the tune from the songbook by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger.

Martin Carthy - Scarborough Fair - click for utube

BBC's Soul Music  - click for podcast

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Last reminder - Concert for Nepal

Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Concert

7:30pm Thursday 25th June
Denby Dale Methodist Church HD8 8QS
New Mill Male Voice Choir will be appearing with Skelmanthorpe Brass Band as guests of Denby Dale Rotary Club to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

tickets £8 from P. Coates 663808
or M. Tagg 540050tt

Monday, 15 June 2015

Mischa Maisky plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G (full)

Click on to hear BBC's soul music's take on the piece

Nepal needs your support - concert 25th June

Nepal Earthquake Fundraising Concert

7:30pm Thursday 25th June
Denby Dale Methodist Church HD8 8QS
New Mill Male Voice Choir will be appearing with Skelmanthorpe Brass Band as guests of Denby Dale Rotary Club to raise funds for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal

tickets £8 from P. Coates 663808
or M. Tagg 540050ttt

Sunday, 14 June 2015

When and how? (From Wiki)

"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" has been sung by rugby players and fans for some decades,[6] and there are associated gestures, sometimes used in a drinking game, which requires those who wrongly perform the gestures to buy a round of drinks.[7][8] It became associated with the English national side, in particular, in 1988. Coming into the last match of the 1988 season, against Ireland at Twickenham, England had lost 15 of their previous 23 matches in the Five Nations Championship. The Twickenham crowd had only seen one solitary England try in the previous two years and at half time against Ireland they were 0–3 down. However during the second half England scored six tries to give them a 35–3 win. Three of the tries came in quick succession from Chris Oti making his Twickenham debut. A group of boys from the Benedictine school Douai following a tradition at their school games sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" whenever a try was scored. When Oti scored his second try, amused spectators standing close to the boys joined in, and when Oti scored his hat-trick the song was heard around the ground.[6][9][10] The song is still regularly sung at matches by English supporters.[11]