On Monday 3rd April several of us had the pleasure of singing at a very inspiring workshop at the Birchcilffe Centre run by Vermont-based songwriter, choir leader and musician John Mark Harrison.
Known for his modern interpretations on shape-note singing, an American choral music tradition, John took us through two compositions of his, “Won’t Let Go My Faith” and “Great Brook”, the latter of which takes an extract from William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and sets it to harmony. Audiences may also be familiar with another of his arrangements, “Panther” which Calder Valley Voices sing frequently at our concerts.
Well, let us say a huge thank you for everyone who attended our Christmas concert on 8th December, helping raise a fantastic £610, which we divided between charities Freedom From Torture and the Forget-Me-Not children’s hospice. We had a great time hosting you, and hope to see you again soon!
As promised, CVV member and basso profundo chorister Peter Lazenby organised us a second slot at the Trades Club on the 30th October, at which we performed six songs, E Malama, Calling Joe Hill, The Flood Song, Soul Wind, Siphamandla, and Poor Wayfaring Stranger to a fabulous reception.
Towards the end of the summer of 2016, festival organiser-slash-performer David Nelson asked us if we would like to perform at the finale of the Mytholmroyd Arts Festival. Naturally we accepted, and on Sunday the 16th October we performed three songs, E
Malama, Soul Wind and the Flood Song, centred around the theme of the elements. It was an honour to be considered for this event and we are told that many in the audience were very moved by our singing. And how synched-up a choir are we, turning up in our trademark red’n’black which without even needing to agree on a dress code beforehand!
Recycle Radio, the upper Calder Valley’s only community radio station, played host to Calder Valley Voices on Sunday October 2nd as part of their relaunch, during which we sang Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Calling Joe Hill and Siphamandla live on air. Take a listen here (our bit starts at about 5min 20sec). Many thanks to Neil (a.k.a. Recycle Radio’s Mr Happy) for organising the slot, to Sam, Mike and Lizzie for song intros, and last but not least to Chrissie and Paul for their conducting skills!
On Sunday, Septermber 11th, Calder Valley Voices sang at a benefit concert for the ‘Morning Star’ newspaper’s fighting fund, at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, raising £300! And as for the choir ourselves, we received a fantastic reception as we sang with passion and enthusiasm, so much so that we may well return for another similar slot in the near future. So please check back on this site for updates about any upcoming performances at the Trades Club or elsewhere in the Calder Valley region.
August 6th saw Calder Valley Voices and others commemorating Hiroshima Day, an event which, following the UK government’s decision this year to renew nuclear weapons, works to keep the memory of those who died on this day in Japan in 1945 firmly in our minds as well as ensuring the discussion around nuclear deterrent is kept current and balanced. A massive thank-you to everyone who turned up to swell the singing ranks on Saturday afternoon. It was a great success and a fitting tribute and lots of people turned up to watch and listen. Particular thanks to Mim for conducting us, and Pete and Joan Lazenby who did us proud and have provided lots of excellent pictures.