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Barnsley Youth Choir and Honley Male Voice Choir set to star at Huddersfield Town Hall

It didn't take long for officials of Honley Male Voice Choir to decide who would be their guests for their next Town Hall concert

Honley Male Voice Choir with its musical director Steve Roberts (front, right) and its accompanist Michelle Sutcliffe

It didn't take long for officials of Honley Male Voice Choir to decide who would be their guests for their next Town Hall concert.

The choir’s musical director Steven Roberts has worked on a number of occasions with Barnsley Youth Choir where one of his friends Mathew Wright is MD.

Steve persuaded Honley chairman Roger Wild and a number of committee members to hear the choir at a concert with the internationally renowned Auril Girls Choir from Hungary.

Minutes after the concert ended Roger and his fellow choir members agreed to book the Barnsley choir for one of Honley’s major concerts.

The result is Generations in Harmony, which will see Honley share Huddersfield Town Hall’s stage on September 21 with more than 150 young Barnsley singers.

Said Roger, “We were really bowled over by the standard of singing and discipline of these youngsters and we are all looking forward to appearing with them.”

The Barnsley Youth Choir has made enormous strides since it was formed in 2009.

It was established as a voluntary organisation following a number of large scale choral projects in Barnsley over a number of years.

Initially, choir founders, Chairman Keith Norton and Mathew Wright, aimed to have a choir of around 40 young people who would rehearse and perform regularly in Barnsley.

Today, it has more than 200 regular members and is split into two main sections – the children’s choir aged from six to 11 and the youth choir from 11 to 20.

The choir is a voluntary organisation, run by a team of 30 volunteers, including Mathew and four assistant Musical Directors, Leane Crowther, Sharon Stacy, Gareth Taylor and Eleanor Wright, who receive no payment for their time and efforts.

The choir, which has a varied and challenging repertoire including classical, pop, gospel and folk music, has a big following in South Yorkshire.

Accompanying it is a nine-piece band, most of whose members are instrumental and classroom teachers from Barnsley who give up their time to support the choir.

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7pm, are £8 from the Kirklees information centre at the main Huddersfield library or at the tourist information centre in Holmfirth.

This weekend, Honley Male Voice Choir and some of its supporters are off to the seaside for a day out and to raise much needed cash for a local hospice.

Over the years the choir has raised money for good causes such as Huddersfield’s Kirkwood Hospice and the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.This Sunday (September 1), the singers will be in Lytham singing at a concert at the Lowther Pavilion in aid of Blackpool’s Trinity Hospice.

The hospice and its adjoining children’s hospital serve the entire Fylde Coast and need to raise more than £5million a year to provide vital clinical and medical services.

It will be the choir’s third appearance at the theatre. In 2005 they staged a concert in aid of a new heart unit at Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital and three years later returned to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

On Sunday they team up with female harmony quartet, TECHnique and a men’s barbershop, New Tricks, in Voices in Harmony.

 

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