Music

The Holme Valley Singers has celebrated 30 years of singing in the valley. The choir is held in high esteem in music circles in the area and is a respected participant in competitions. It has to its credit successes in the Sainsbury, Blackpool, Freckleton, Morecambe, Peterborough and North Wales Festivals. It appears regularly in the prestigious Mrs Sunderland competition, this year achieving first place in the Mixed Voice Choir and Kirklees (44 voices and under) Classes. The choir has also taken part in the BBC Daily Service and on an exchange visit to Belgium. enjoyed singing in Bruges Cathedral.

The Holme Valley Singers

The Honley Ladies Choir was formed some fifty years ago in the small village of Honley, West Yorkshire. Over the years the membership has increased and now stands at around 60 making the Ladies Choir one of the largest, and some would say liveliest, in the Huddersfield area. It is a popular choir and are very much in demand to perform at concerts, functions, weddings and many different venues.

Honley Ladies

Honley Male Voice Choir was formed in 1936 in the village of Honley. It has a singing membership of about 70. The choir has regular exchange visits with the Ulfts Mannekoor ’57 from Ulft in Holland, a relationship which has existed for over 35 years. Sporting events have been somewhat of a speciality for Honley and they have performed at Wembley (the old one!), Twickenham and the McAlpine Stadium (now the Galpharm Stadium) for rugby league’s Challenge Cup Final and both rugby league and rugby union World Cup matches.

Honley Male Voice Choir

One of the best singing groups you’re likely to hear – they are completely at home in so many different styles. Far more than a concert, an evening with The Mastersingers is a new experience. This group has no musical barriers. They don’t sit on the fence, they demolish it! No weaknesses.

The Master Singers

The New Mill Male Voice Choir was formed in 1991 and now has over 60 members. The choir performs locally and nationally, at venues from Huddersfield Town Hall to the Royal Albert Hall, and have enjoyed successful tours to Spain, Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy. In recent years they have shared the stage with Sir Willard White, Aled Jones and the renowned Welsh choir, Morriston Orpheus. The choir has a lively social life and a busy concert calendar. In 2009 they took first place in the Don Valley Music Festival.

The New Mill Male Voice Choir

Ladies choir with wide ranging repertoire. We sing in concert with choirs and bands, at weddings and Masonic evenings. We have performed across the region, in Wales and in the Ukraine.

Vocal Expressions

Brass & Silver Bands

Hade Edge Band is the youngest of the five ‘valley bands’ Hepworth, Honley, Holme Silver, Meltham and Meltham Mills, and Hade Edge. It was formed in July 1908.

Hade Edge Band

There has long been a strong tradition of Brass Bands and music making in the Holme Valley, and Hepworth Band has been a part of this since its formation in 1882. In March 2007, Hepworth Band made history by qualifying for the National Finals of the Championship Section for the very first time.

Hepworth Band

Holme Band is one of the Holme Valley’s longest established bands dating back to the late 19th Century. It has had many successes over the years and is proud to be associated with “Last of the Summer Wine”, the longest-running British TV sitcom. The band is currently under the musical directorship of Duncan Beckely, a renowned name in the Brass Band Movement.

Yorkshire Traction Honley Band

The Yorkshire Traction Honley Band was originally formed in 1865 under the baton of the highly regarded conductor John Gladney. By 1884 the band were British Open Champions. In 1989 the band had a highly successful tour of Switzerland. The band continues today with a high profile range of concerts including Brodsworth Hall and The Spa at Scarborough.

Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band

Meltham Mills Band was formed as an all Brass Band in 1846. They won their first British Open Title (the Belle Vue September contest) in 1873.

Meltham Band

A vibrant community orchestra which has performed on the BBC, at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and at many venues around the Valley. From contemporary music and working with local composers to ‘Last Night of the Proms’ favourites, the Orchestra has a growing following and is popular wherever it goes.

Holme Valley Orchestra

Jazz & Rock Bands

Each year the West Yorkshire village of Marsden plays host to some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians and some of its most exciting young talent. The annual Festival provides a showcase for all styles of jazz and provides an unforgettable experience for thousands of visitors.

New Orleans Wiggle

The six members of this band, 3 of whom live in the Holme Valley, have known each other and played alongside each other in various jazz bands over the last 40 to 50 years. New Orleans Wiggle, formed by drummer Richard Lord 4 years ago combines his favourite six like thinking musicians who were all inspired decades ago by hearing recordings made in New Orleans of black musicians playing that simple but complex two-beat style of laid back music that comes from the heart to touch the feet. Normally a six piece band but sometimes 4 or 5 depending on the function, we now have the delightful addition of our youngest member, who we overheard singing in a Holmfirth garden – Carolyn Hilton, affectionately named ‘Topsy’ by our trumpet player. A bluesy voice well worth hearing.

New Orleans Wiggle
Other local bands include:

The Picturedrome is one of the most exciting venues in Northern England, attracting major acts such Robert Cray, Joan Armatrading, Curtis Stigers, Bill Wyman, Steve Harley and The Stranglers. Also many local musicians like Huddersfield’s Kreed, John Strong and The Bay of Biscuits to name but a few and, most importantly, the young kid bands of the Holme Valley that are finding their feet in the music world…

Holmfirth Art and Music