Monday, 25 January 2016

It's that time of the year again.

In other words, the AGM. Always a tricky time as guys leave the committee after several years of hard and often unappreciated work. Even trickier is the resignation of the two key people: chairman and secretary.
  We had a great Christmas period: Low Moor, Penistone Paramount and Christ Church, New Mill. Then an enjoyable weekend rehearsal in Scarborough. Our new material includes Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel and Alexander's Rag Time Band. 
  Our programme for the first part of the year is as follows:

Saturday, 19th March 2016 19:30    Homestart Concert Holmfirth High School

Saturday, 16th April 2016 19:30    With Vocal Expressions Shelley High School

Saturday, 21st May 2016 19:00    With Manhattan Voices St John's, Upper Denby


Our Laurel and Hardy tribute.

Friday, 22 January 2016

New Mill Youth Policy

Overheard in Scarborough.
'See yon lad, he's our youth policy' pointing to a thirty something.
'Where does he work?'
'Which section is he in?'
'Fruit and veg.'

For the unitiated, neither fruit nor veg are accepted as singing parts in a male voice choir.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Reasons for singing

Chris Rowbury writes (

1. Singing is a community activity
Making friends with people from different backgrounds who have a shared interest in singing. Contributing to a shared goal through teamwork.

2. Singing creates a sense of achievement
Improving singing technique and vocal skills. Remembering words and melodies and nailing a new song before performing in a concert in front of an audience. Being challenged by more difficult material.
3. Singing together makes for a great sound
Through harmonising with others in rehearsal and performance, creating together to make a really good big musical sound. Getting positive feedback from audiences after working hard on a song.

4. Singing is good for your health
Physical - warm-ups improve the body’s flexibility, sense of rhythm, balance, self-awareness, etc.
            - aerobic activity increases oxygenation in the blood stream and exercises major muscle groups.
            - singing can increase lung capacity, improve posture, clear respiratory tubes and sinuses.
             - healthier heart and immune system.
Mental   - reduces stress levels, increases mental alertness and emotional well-being.
             - choral singers are happier, more alert and relaxed after a rehearsal.

Weekend Scarborough workshop
What does beer do that is good for you?

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

New Mill's Laurel and Hardy tribute group.

Fresh from their success at the Heckmondwike Palladium, the group were a big hit at The Red Lea Hotel, Scarborough where they appeared in from of their home crowd, New Mill Male Voice Choir. Their rendition of Lonesome Pine was accurate and mostly in tune.
Rod - guitar and vocals
Ann - vocals
Clive - vocals
Dave W - vocals and inflatable hammer.

The gig nearly didn't go ahead because Dave, aka Oliver, lost his moustache. He clearly had it one minute and then it was gone. He left John and Delia hunting for it whilst he went to a Friday night rehearsal. On his return Sheila bashfully handed him the moustache which she had retrieved from a rubbish bin.