Under the leadership of our Musical Director, Jane Hobson, we have grown rapidly over the past year to over 50 members. We enjoy singing a wide repertoire of songs from classical, religious, folk and contemporary styles, all ably accompanied by Yvonne Woffenden, the Choir’s accompanist of many years.
We rehearse every Monday evening from 7.45 pm to 9.45 pm at St John’s Community Centre, Penistone. We enjoy a busy schedule of rehearsals, concerts, weddings, fundraisers, with the occasional competition and trip away. If you’d like to sing with us, come along on any Monday evening to join in or just listen. No audition necessary and you don’t even have to be able to read music!
We enjoyed considerable success in festivals in 2017, winning a second and third place at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival in February, a second and a third at the Eskdale Festival in Whitby, second & third in the Penistone Music Festival and two second places at the Colne Luther Greenwood Memorial Festival in November. And we are thrilled to have had a fantastic start to 2018 at The Mrs Sunderland Festival in Huddersfield, winning 1st place in the Adult choir class, with an “Outstanding!” and the Joseph Hancock Memorial Trophy. Then in the evening we were placed 3rd in The Last Night Concert Class, called The Choir Challange.
Our thanks as always to our ever-enthusiastic musical director, Jane Hobson, and our superbly talented accompanist, Yvonne Woffenden for their never ending commitment… Thanks also to the stiff opposition for making us work so hard!
We had a very exciting year in 2017 with concerts, competitions, socials, trips away….June was a full-on month….firstly singing in a performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with Skelmanthorpe MVC, then the following weekend we had a fantastic 3 day trip South to Marlborough & Cirencester to sing together with several other choirs, The Bluebelles, The Blue Notes, Cirencester Male Voice Choir, & Great Western Harmony NHS Choir. We finished the year in our home town, with our Christmas carol concert in conjunction with Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir. And just when we had had enough of singing Christmas songs, in January 2018, we started 2018 by recording our second CD, this time with a Christmas theme and again in conjunction with Skelmanthorpe MVC. We can’t wait to hear the finished CD!
Looking forward, in 2018, we have more concerts, more joint singing with other choirs and brass bands, a wedding, and three competitive festivals with titles to defend! …
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