IT HAs been a milestone year for Gledholt Male Voice Choir which has just rounded off its 60th anniversary year.
Now it is on a mission to recruit singers to help see the choir through another 60 years.
At the choir’s annual meeting, choir chairman Raj Beadle said: “The choir’s aim is to take music out into the community, while at the same time encouraging young musicians/singers from Huddersfield and surrounding areas.
He said the choir was delighted that so many local musical groups had supported the music festival that it held in Huddersfield earlier in the summer.
“We also welcomed the help, assistance and encouragement from the neighbouring shop owners who expressed a wish that we should return next year!’
“The choir is also on a mission to recruit more mature men, whilst retaining its existing members for a greater length of time.
“Thirty of our members have been with us for over 15 years, and nine of them for over 25 years.
“In addition to welcoming more young men, we need to retain existing members and recruit men to keep our singing tradition going for the next generation.’
One of those long serving members, John Graham received his 25 year award from choir president, Dr Monty Segal.
During his time with Gledholt, John was closely involved with the organisation of the Northern Male Voice Choir Championships, which Gledholt formed and ran for 10 years in Huddersfield Town Hall.
Gledholt would welcome new members. They meet on Tuesday evenings at Lindley Methodist Church and rehearsals restart on August 23 at 7.30pm.
Top of the list of events planned are its Christmas concerts at St. Paul’s Hall and Brighouse, plus a trip next year to the International Male Voice Choral Festival during May Bank Holiday weekend. The choir is directed by Susan Wilkinson and accompanied by John Bailey.