ONE of the top girls’ choirs in the world will sing in Huddersfield and in the Holme Valley this summer.
They will sing in a concert with Huddersfield Singers and will also sing in the Holme Valley as part of Holmfirth Music and Art Festival where they will also lead a workshop on the Kodaly singing method by which they are trained.
Now all their hosts have to do is find local families to offer accommodation for the girls.
Forty-six teenage singers, aged between 15 and 19, plus six of their staff, arrive in Huddersfield from Hungary in June.
The girls have a packed few days ahead of them with concerts and workshops already in their diaries. This is a choir which has a considerable international reputation and is one of the top girls’ choirs in the world.
Their festival successes include winning two gold medals in the World Choir Games in China in 2006 and a first place at Llangollen in 2005.
The choir is from the Kodály School and are experts in the singing method espoused by Zoltan Kodály, the Hungarian composer and educator who believed that music was both empowering and civilising.
The girls will sing at Christ Church New Mill on Tuesday, June 23 as part of the Holmfirth Music and Art Festival. And the following day, they will host a workshop on Kodály singing method.
Their hosts for this part of their trip are Holmfirth High School and the school is still looking for people from schools, colleges, church or community groups who might be able to accommodate members of the choir for the night’s of June 22, 23 and 24.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who has hosted them on previous occasions and would like to have them again,” said James Morgan, Director of Music, at Holmfirth High School, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Huddersfield Singers are also working with the choir during its visit.
They will share an evening concert with the Hungarians at St Stephen’s Church, Lindley, on Saturday June 20.
Music and pottery workshops for children are being held in Shepley on Sunday, June 21.
On the following night, the singers will join adult choir, the Huddersfield Singers, for their rehearsal.
The professional Hungarian conductor Laszlo Duranyik will conduct an open rehearsal available to all people who can read music.
The choir’s trip to Huddersfield is part of a UK tour.