A great afternoon of varied music and entertainment was provided by Vocal Expressions and guests Featherstone MVC at Holmfirth Methodist Church on Sunday October 7th. The concert was in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the choir’s chosen charity for 2018. Volunteers from YAA attended the concert and spoke about the invaluable work of this proud Yorkshire charity. Refreshments ( a selection of very yummy cakes) were kindly provided by members of the Methodist Church.
What a fantastic evening - entertainment from the choir and Dr Reelgood, an excellent supper and lots and lots of dancing and merriment. A really good time was had by all who attended the choir's ceilidh at Holmbridge Parish Hall, and £172.50 was raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance too.
The choir held a Colours fashion show fund raiser on May 1st at Holmbridge Parish Hall and raised £217.60 through the raffle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is its chosen charity for 2018.
Numerous choirs from Yorkshire enter this festival and Vocal Expression's were thrilled to be placed second in two of the four classes they entered and to receive very good marks in the overall evening competition. It's fair to say this event was a challenge for the choir, but one it rose to admirably. Everyone had an enjoyable time and returned to the Holme Valley exhausted but extremely proud of their achievements.
Our 2018 residential workshop was held at the Red Lea Hotel in Scarborough on 6th & 7th January. Robert and Lloyd introduced us to some excellent and challenging new songs which we will perform at the Eskdale Festival. The choir worked hard to get to grip with the new music, but it wasn't all work because as usual the social on Saturday evening was a lot of fun.
On the 3rd December Vocal Expressions and Slaithwaite Band put on a joint concert to celebrate the coming of Christmas at Holy Trinity Church in Huddersfield. All were agreed that both choir and band performed really well and it was a most enjoyable concert in this lovely venue. It was also the premier of a new piece of music 'Let's Sing,' written by choir member Kay Melia with the assistance of Lloyd Buck, our accompanist, to celebrate Vocal Expressions' 20th anniversary.
Once again this year Vocal Expressions performed in lovely Ripon Cathedral at the busy Christmas Fair.
Vocal Expressions were absolutely delighted to to sing at the wedding of long standing member Hayley Rea to Andrew Smith at Helme Church on September 9th 2017. It was lovely to be part of their special day.
On Sunday 8th October 2107 we joined New Mill MVC in a joint concert. A large audience enjoyed a variety of music at this well known local venue. Both choirs were in excellent voice and it was lovely to have such a large appreciative audience in this well known venue.
A most enjoyable weekend. After some hard work learning new music and memory techniques a good time was had by all in the evening.