Saturday, 18 April 2020


From 'Sounds Appealing' by David Crystal, Profile Books, 2018. One of my Oxfam Bookshop purchases.

It all begins with a 12th century Icelandic scholar, 'consonants can neither be named nor produced without a vowel.' There are words that are all vowel. There are no words purely of consonants. Vowels have a primeval status 'the breath that gives existence to words. In the beginning was the vowel.'

We singers know these things.

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

December 2010 - extract from Yorkshire Life

Anyone remember this?
'New Mill, near Holmfirth, has a male voice choir, with more than 60 members whose home is the New Mill Club where they meet for rehearsals every Tuesday evening.   
New Mill Male Voice Choir was formed in 1991 when 12 singers got together in a local pub. It is the youngest of the choirs in the Huddersfield area and many doubted it would ever get off the ground. But it has performed at many venues throughout Britain and has made successful tours to Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy. The choir has recently achieved first place in The 2010 Don Valley Male Voice Choir Competition. 
Many members of the choir sang in the recent BBC television programme Songs of Praise, filmed in Christ Church, New Mill, celebrating the final episode of Last of The Summer Wine. And the choir is mightily proud of a photograph of Bill Owens Compo conducting the singers in the mid-1990s. In 1993, the choir sang as part of the World Choir at Cardiff Arms Park under the baton of Owain Arwel Hughes with Shirley Bassey as the main attraction.
Their favourite venue is Huddersfield Town Hall and their guest singers have included Aled Jones and Sir Willard White. In October, the choir hosted a concert in Huddersfield with guest star Julian Lloyd Webber accompanied by Di Xiao.
Choir chairman John Mallinson, who runs the family butchers shop in New Mill, said: Male voice choirs are a tradition in this area and in a little village like New Mill, many people thought we would struggle to get established. But we have grown a lot since 1991 and I like to think we are very well-respected. We are proud that we have managed to get some big names as our guest performers.'
Sounds just like today.

Monday, 3 February 2020

New Mill Male Voice Choir - 2020 concert schedule latest information

Swing into Spring with New Mill MVC 

21 March  7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
St John the Evangelist, Upper Denby, Denby Lane 
Upper Denby, HD8 8UN United Kingdom

16 May  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Margaret’s Church Swinton, Church Street Swinton, South Yorkshire S64 8EG 

Netherton Summer Concert 
6 June  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Netherton Methodist Church, 1 Deyne Road, Netherton, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD4 7ET

Afternoon Concert to support New Mill Church 
Sunday Sept 13th       3.00 pm

London – Yorkshire Day 2020!  Weekend away

1 August @ 11:00 4:00 pm
Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge SE1 9DA

Back Again - Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
October 10th 2020    Huddersfield Town Hall

Christmas Schedule
Dec  Low Moor to be confirmed
Dec 12th Penistone Denby Dale District Rotary
Dec 19th Christchurch, New Mill Christmas Concert