It’s been a busy term for the Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs this autumn with learning new music and recruiting high on the priority list.

We were at the freshers’ fair at the University of Huddersfield in September giving out Haribo, lanyards and totting up the signatures. Despite taking on some new members over the summer, we’re still on the lookout for young and enthusiastic new members, particularly boys!

Preparations are well underway for the choir’s Christmas concert and of course our collaboration with the Choral Society themselves for their Carol concert. Now in our second year with our new Musical Director, Alison North, we have some exciting new repertoire to share with you over Christmas: Paul Simon’s classic ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Only Water’ written by Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan and even a bit of Spanish traditional music with ‘Fum Fum Fum.’

The Young Voices were in action in the week before October bank holiday sporting their snazzy new uniforms. The young guns were in fine form at the Holmfirth Music Festival, finishing first! It’s a fantastic achievement for the Young Voices after their successes earlier this year at the Mrs Sunderland Festival in the Huddersfield Town Hall.

It’s also been a busy term for the fundraising side of the choir. A race night, organised by Steve and Carole Kain took place this term. Just to explain what a race night is for those that don’t know: A board with six horses on it, each allocated a number, move along from start to finish. When the number allocated to the horse is turned over, that horse moves one place until there is a winner. Of course, if you have backed that horse before the race, you win. There were seven races in all and the competitiveness was reaching sky-high levels by the end with so many 50ps on the line. The evening wasn’t just about the fundraising however, the event was great fun for all who attended. Some people even left with some profit in their pockets!

We’re also very excited about the impending broadcast of our episode of ‘Creeped out’. For those who can’t remember or didn’t know: A small section of the Youth Choir bussed their way over to Bolton and took part in a day’s filming for a new CBBC show. Now, having heard back from the production team, we know that the show will first be broadcast on Halloween (which is appropriate, as the show is going to be spooky viewing). The members of our choir will feature in the third episode of the 13-part series which will be broadcast on 14th November at 7pm on the CBBC channel. We’re all very excited about our impending TV appearance. Keep an eye out for choir helper John Moran and MD Alison North making cheeky guest appearances! The acting may not be the finished product but the singing most definitely is.

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