Junior Choirs 29th Season

Would you like to join the Choir?

The Choir Sections take new members into the Choir at all times of year.

Please scroll down to 'How do I Join? for more information ..........

Young Voices (age 7 to 12) Arrive 5.45 - 6pm - ends 7.30 pm

Vocalise and Youth Choir (age 13ish - 21) Arrive 7.30 - ends 9.30 pm

Almondbury Infant & Nursery School - Longcroft - Almondbury - HD5 8XW

Junior Choirs' next events

Sunday 30th November 2014     

Family Christmas Concert - 3.30pm 

St Joseph's R C Church - Aspley - HD5 9AU - near Lidls   

Soloists from the Choirs

Tickets - £7.50 

contact 01484 301610 to buy tickets - usually a 'sell out'

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Friday 12th Dec 2014

Christmas Concert - with Black Dyke Band 

Presenter Brian Kay

Juniors are Guests of the 'Choral' Senior Choir

Huddersfield Town Hall - 7.30 pm

Tickets from all Kirklees Box Offices

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Former events in the 28th Season

For your information - so you can see the variety of concerts/events we perform.

Sunday 28th Sep 2014    All Hallows Parish Church - Almondbury 3 pm
Sunday 13th July 2014    Summer Concert with Awards Presentations - Holmfirth Parish Church - 3pm
Saturday 28th June 2014   Song Cycle: vive la velorution! - York Minster - Youth Choir only 
Sunday 15th June 2014   Yorkshire Cancer Research Holden Jubilee concert - Huddersfield Toon Hall
Saturday 10th May 2014  Central Methodist Batley - 100 Voices in Concert  with Gledholt Male Voice Choir
Sunday 23rd March 2014   Young Voices in Harmony - Huddersfield Town Hall - 150 of the best Young Singers                           
Sunday 9th March 2014 - Almondbury Methodist - HD5 8XJ - 3.30 pm
Saturday 8th February 2014 - Bag packing to raise funds - Thanks to Morrisons Waterloo
Wednesday 5th February 2014 - New North Road Baptist Church - OPEN REHEARSAL
An opportunity for anyone aged 7 to 21 to come and sing with us
Sunday 8th December 2013 - St Joseph's R.C. Church Aspley - 3.30 pm
Saturday 30th Nov 2013 - 'Christ the King' - Battyeford - near Mirfield
Friday 11th October 2013 - 'Lamplighters' evening - Holmfirth High School
Saturday 5th October 2013 - St John the Divine - Rastrick - 7.15 pm

Former Events in the 27th Season

For your information - so you can see the variety of concerts/events we perform.

Wednesday 10th July 2013 - Westgate Centre - Choir AWARDS EVENING (replaces the rehearsal - different venue)
Sunday 7th July 2013 - Cawthorne - All Saints Parish Church - 3 pm
Saturday 27th April 2013 - All Hallows - Almondbury - 7.15 pm
Saturday 9th March 2013 - Lindley Methodist Church - 7.15 pm - our Guests Gledholt Male Voice Choir
100 Singers aged 7 to Adult took part
OPEN REHEARSAL for ages 7 to 21 - New North Road Baptist Church
Mrs Sunderland Festival - Feb 2013 - Age 19 & Under Choirs
Result - we came joint second (with the winners only one mark higher).
A difficult decision for the adjudicator.
The Choral Juniors sang magnificently. Well done to all!

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Join the Junior Choirs

How do I join?

Please contact our director Susan about becoming a member on                01924 404737       or  junior.choirs@huddersfieldchoral.com

Auditions for the Junior Choirs are very simple and make sure the voice is ready for the choir.

There are vacancies in both choir sections at present and members are taken into the choir sections at all times of year.

Voice training is given as part of the weekly rehearsals for the Choirs. Each choir is directed by Susan Wilkinson a professional musician and vocal coach, who helps choir members to develop their voice to a high standard for their age and ability. The Choirs are given the opportunity to sing in a wide range of styles. Songs from musical theatre, gospel, pop, folk and classical styles are learned to give members a broad experience of vocal music. The Choirs sing to a mixture of accompaniments including backing tracks, brass bands, piano and orchestra.

Choir Members are given the opportunity to perform as soloists with the Choirs.

What are the choirs?

The choirs rehearse and sing in three sections. They also perform altogether as one choir. The choir sections include the Youth Choir for ages 13 to 21+ and the Young Voices for ages 7 to 12.  They ensure that young people from around age seven years upwards can learn to sing well and develop their vocal talents through performing in different venues and in front of different audiences each year. They have become well known and always receive good revues at concerts and music festivals

There is also Vocalise that is currently made up of older members of the Young Voices and members of the Youth Choir, who have the skills to progress further in Choral Singing.

All Choirs rehearse each Wednesday evening of the school terms at Almondbury Infant and Nursery School, Longcroft, Almondbury, Huddersfield.

Young Voices from 5.45 to 7.30 pm for ages 7 to around 12 years

Vocalise from 7.30 to 8.15 pm (for unbroken voices from each main section)  

Youth Choir from 7.30 to 9.30 pm for ages around 13 to 21+ years

Admission to the choir and movement between the Choir Sections are at the discretion of the Musical Director, according to musicianship & vocal ability and not always according to age.

Where we rehearse

Directions to Almondbury (VA) C of E Infant and Nursery School

Longcroft – Almondbury – Huddersfield – HD5 8XW

From the centre of Huddersfield (at the KINGSGATE CENTRE roundabout near Sainsbury’s) Take the Wakefield Road A629

Stay in the right hand lane here because you turn right at the second set of traffic lights – up Somerset Road.  

The hill rises until you come to the village of Almondbury (about 1 ½ miles). 

Drive through the village over the bumps and you will find the Parish Church on your right on the corner.  

Drive right - (round the church) up Westgate (there are some very old buildings on this corner on the left).  

Drive up this road for about a third of a mile and you will turn right on ‘Longcroft’.  

The Infant school is almost immediately on the left up a small rise. Do not drive into the school grounds please.

Susan M. Wilkinson, Junior Choirs' Trainer and Musical Director.

Susan M. Wilkinson studied initially under Professor Shackleton Pollard in Halifax before graduating in Pianoforte and Voice at the Royal Manchester College of Music (now the Royal Northern).

Susan has extensive knowledge about teaching music to young people and knowing how they learn. A former Ofsted Inspector, Teacher Trainer, and Music Adviser for a local authority she has spent many years in education with adults and pupils younger than age 5 to Post-16 and beyond.

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