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. Performances take place in many different, welcoming venues, including Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School Theatre and St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel .
No auditions are required! 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
8.00 to 9.30pm (no teabreak whilst Covid19 restrictions are in place!)
From September 2021 we meet at Holmes Chapel Methodist Church
WIDE VARIETY OF MUSIC BOTH MODERN & TRADITIONAL
November 27th 2021, St Lukes Holmes Chapel (Messiah)
March 26th 2022, Methodist Church (Jazz standards)
June 18th 2022, St Lukes Goostrey (great British music)
In 1985 Holmes Chapel Singers was formed as part of the Holmes Chapel Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (HCAODS) which was founded under the first Musical Director Philip Crookall 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 Holmes 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 known and less familiar works. Since its formation the choir has grown in numbers, and 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 careers.
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.