Choir History

Holme Valley Singers (formerly Holme Valley Choir) were formed in 1975 by Alan Simmons, the head of music at Holmfirth High School, from pupils, staff and parents.  The Choir reached the final of the first Sainsbury's Choir of the Year competition, singing at the Royal Albert Hall. When Alan became an advisor for Kirklees he handed over the baton to James Morgan, who also took over as Head of Music at the school.  Jim, who had led the choir with great style and passion over the last 25 years, stood down at Christmas 2007 to pursue some of his other, many musical interests.

He was clearly going to be a hard act to follow.

 Huddersfield Town Hall                                                       Jim and Alan at 25th anniversary dinner

Fountains Abbey                                        St James, Slaithwaite

      Holy Trinity, Hepworth

      Holme Valley Choir

               Lipokmar Tzudir, Choir MD February 2008 - January 2009  

Lipok, as he likes to be called, completed an MA in Ethnomusicology (Intangible Music Heritage) at Sheffield University.  Unfortunately for the choir, he returned to his homeland in Nagaland, India in January 2009.

Chris Pulleyn, our accompanist for many years