There are very positive benefits from singing and we invite anyone, regardless of singing experience, to come along and try our Choir. We know that you will enjoy your time with us as we have fun while we are working hard to prepare for the next concert performance.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9.15pm, at St David’s Church Hall, Holmbridge.
New members with little experience of choirs or of reading sheet music will be given support to help them get the most out of the experience. The Choir also has a practice page on the website in which our Music Director has recorded
the parts for all the songs to enable members to more easily practice between rehearsals.
Access to voice training / coaching is important for all choir members, and the
Choir subsidises a voice training day with a professional coach about twice yearly.
Subscriptions work out at less than £2.50 a week and are paid every 4 months. Choir funds pay for all the sheet music that is used, and subsidised voice training as above.
Testimonials from two of our newer members……
"I could not have experienced a warmer welcome from all members of the group. Kim, the Choir Director, was encouraging and helped me to orientate into the group and what practice involved.
There were no ‘tests’ or embarrassing moments singing in front of the group (this is my first experience of a choir in 35 years!). There are incredible voices in the room and each and every member made me feel welcome and less nervous. After a few weeks Kim took me to another room and after singing through a few scales, we concluded that I was an Alto and needed to move from Sopranos!
If you are thinking about joining a choir, and like me were a little apprehensive, I would say go for it.
You will not get a warmer welcome elsewhere, the Choir is fun and enjoyable and run in a professional way. It’s not just about singing together once each week, with Kim’s expert leadership the quality of the performances are exceptional and continues to improve through each and every practice. It’s a wonderful group to be part of. "
"When we moved to “The Valley” I had seen a Gareth Malone choir program and wondered what it would be like to be part of a group of singers and try to make those beautiful lilting harmonies I had heard on TV.
I turned to the trusty Google and typed in “Choir Holme Valley” and was presented with the website and contact details for Holme Valley Singers. I am quite a shy person but I sent off an email to the contact and asked if I could try out for the Choir. I explained that I sang a bit of Karaoke but that I could not read music.
David (the current Chairperson) replied and suggested we meet in a pub to discuss, so, liking the idea of the pub, I agreed. David soothed my fears and explained that “enthusiasm, commitment and an ability to want to learn, far outweighs a need to be able to read music or any prior experience” so I agreed to attend my first choir rehearsal the following Tuesday evening.
If you like to sing or would like to try, like the idea of being part of a choral family, singing songs from Take That’s “Shine” to Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis (no I hadn’t heard of it either but it is rousing) please contact firstname.lastname@example.org our subs are low and the fun is turned up to 11. "