In recent months, the Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs have undergone something of a transformation, with a new name, logo and a swanky new website!
Over our 30-year history, the choirs have sung in different sections and been known by several different names. Until 2006 the Youth Choir and Children’s Choir (as the Young Voices were then known) functioned for the most part as separate choirs, coming together to perform special concerts as well as with senior choir, the Huddersfield Choral Society. In 2006 the choirs came together to rehearse on the same evening and in the same venue, headed by Musical Director Susan Wilkinson, and were known as the Huddersfield Choral Society Junior Choirs. In our 30th year, it seemed only fitting to relaunch the choir brand, and we are proud to go into our 31st year under the new ‘umbrella’ title of the Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs.
Since the beginning of May the choirs have been working hard to prepare for our big 30th anniversary celebration concert, which is to be held on the 9th of July at Holy Trinity Church at Greenhead.
As with our fantastic 25th anniversary concert held in Huddersfield Town Hall in 2011, we will be welcoming back former members of the Children’s Choir, Young Voices and Youth Choir from across the past 30-years, to join in with the celebrations. Campaigns have been flying around Facebook and the Huddersfield Examiner to invite past singers to register their interest to take part in the concert, and we have had responses from former members who are excited to come and join in from as far away as Kent!
We are lucky to have a following of very loyal and enthusiastic former members who loved their time in the choirs, and relish the opportunity to come back and sing with us, even if they might be a little too old to claim to be members of today’s Youth Choirs!
The concert programme will comprise some well-loved classics from across the years, including Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat, Alexander’s Ragtime Band and Handel’s Zadok the Priest – a task no less challenging than it ever was! We will also be welcoming some guest members of the Huddersfield Choral Society to join in with some of the big numbers, which our younger members are very much looking forward to after being blown away by their formidable sound at the Christmas concert.
The talent of the choirs’ former members will also be showcased in a number of solo performances, some of which more recent members of our audience will remember well.
In bringing together members old and new, as well as our guests from the senior choir, our 30th anniversary celebrations will be an exciting time for everyone, and give our current young singers the opportunity to see how their involvement with the choirs can have a positive impact on their future lives. Above all else, this concert will remind all choir members, old and new, of the joy of singing and music making together. We hope to see many people there to celebrate with us.
In order to help raise funds for our 30th anniversary celebrations we will be hosting a grand raffle with some impressive top prizes, including £100 in vouchers for Wyevale Garden Centres, cash prizes and tickets to sit in the prestigious Directors’ Box at a Huddersfield Town football match! The grand prize draw will be held at the 30th anniversary concert on the 9th of July.
In true Youth Choirs tradition, we have worked with some fabulous local professionals to achieve our new look. Richard Haigh at Huddersfield-based company Solo and Jones Design, graphic designer David McNeill, and our fantastic photographer Georgia Eyres have done a wonderful job of bringing all the elements together to create a fantastic and fresh new look to take the Huddersfield Choral Youth Choirs into their 31st year and beyond. We would like to thank everyone for their valuable creative contributions.
We’ll see you all on the 9th of July!