Holmes Chapel Singers is a mixed ability choir performing interesting, exciting and sometimes challenging music. It now has around 50 regular singing members.
The choir generally performs three concerts a year, sometimes with an orchestra made up of local musicians including students from local schools and the Royal Northern College of Music. We regularly use professional soloists, often young people starting out on their careers. Occasionally the choir combines with other similar sized choirs and local schools to perform larger works.
No auditions are required and the philosophy of the Singers is that the more experienced help those with less, and that everyone enjoys themselves.
The Choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings in term-time from 8.00 to 10.00pm at Hermitage Primary School, Hermitage Drive, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, CW4 7NP. Performances take place in Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School Theatre, St Luke’s Church Holmes Chapel and other venues.
WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC BOTH MODERN & TRADITIONAL
In 1985 Holmes Chapel Singers was formed as part of the Holmes Chapel Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (HCAODS) which was founded in 1965 to provide music and drama in Holmes Chapel.
After many years in which the society produced musical shows, plays and pantomimes singing members decided to focus entirely on choral singing and became the Homes Chapel Singers. The choir is made up of local people drawn from a large area around Holmes Chapel and perform a wide variety of music both traditional and modern, well know and less familiar works. Since its formation the choir has increased in numbers and has increased both in ability and confidence. HCS has always encouraged the development of young professional singers and instrumentalists offering a valuable stage for solo experience when launching their career.
Holmes Chapel Singers has hosted several “Voices for Hospices” concerts inviting local singers to ‘come and sing’ such well known works as the Messiah and Elijah as part of this worldwide fundraising event. These performances have all been well supported and have raised over £10,000 for local children’s hospices.