Friends

This is where we showcase choirs and other singing groups from the Calder Valley.

Harmony Open Mic is a regular open mic session for small groups of singers (at least 2) – see their web page. It started in June 2009.  New acts are always welcome! At the moment it is monthly and is held upstairs at the Stubbing Wharf pub in Hebden Bridge.

Corista are singers who are also in the larger community choir Calder Valley Voices. They’re a small group with lots to sing about – from Chartist songs, to green issues. Here’s Corista’s website.


Calder Valley Women Singers are not so much a choir as a group of women who enjoy singing together. We have no Musical Director but draw on several singing teachers and choir directors to lead our sessions. We meet during school term-time, on Wednesday evenings, in the Town Hall, Hebden Bridge.  All women who want to sing with us are welcome to join the group. No auditions. No need to be able to read music. No previous experience needed. Teaching is by ear, though some teachers provide printed music too. For more information, please contact: angie.guy@btinternet.com

Blackstone Edge Gathering has become an annual event to remember the great Chartist gathering on the Edge in the Summer of 1846. Local choirs, with other groups and individuals, walk up to Blackstone Edge to sing, picnic, and meet other singers as a memorial to the Chartisit struggles of the nineteenth century. Come and join us! You can sing or just listen and enjoy the view.

The Hepton Singers is a small chamber choir based in Hebden Bridge. They regularly perform varied programmes of mainly a capella music from the 16th Century to the present day. The choir also tours nationally and internationally, usually through exchanges with similar ensembles. The Hepton Singers has a strong local following and performs about six times a year, including regular concerts in Heptonstall Parish Church in late June or early July and November. Here’s their web page.

Men folk waits, a septet of men from the Calder Valley (and beyond..) made their public performance debut at Raise Your Banners in Bradford Cathedral in Nov 2009, having only formed in September. Since then they’ve gone from strength to strength and have a number of upcoming dates. Read more about them here.

3 Valleys Gospel Choir are based in Todmorden. Some of our members sing in both choirs.

Watch this space for details about more local choirs and singing groups.