Honley Ladies Choir is based in Honley, a picturesque village on the edge of the Peak District just south of Huddersfield. The village is a hot bed of musical activity - if it's sung, played or performed you'll find it happening in Honley. The Choir has been thriving for over eighty years and is regarded as one of the most vibrant choirs in the local area with a reputation that goes far beyond. We have a wide repertoire and enjoy music from many different genres; classical, modern, popular, traditional – any choral style. During the covid pandemic we mastered enough technology to carry on singing and keep up our morale. You can see in our Covid Creations what we got up to through 2020 and 2021.
As things return to some sort of normal we have resumed our performance programme. Our first, very carefully managed, concerts at Christmas 2021 were a sell out. In March, deeply affected by events in Ukraine, our “Honley Helps” event raised over £2000 to donate to refugee funds. We also competed in the prestigious Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival held in Huddersfield Town Hall and won plaudits as the best local ladies choir.
Our future is evolving. A Classics and Cake concert (our cake is as good as our singing), a full Christmas programme and the possibility of a festival performance next year are already planned with other events pending.
As well as singing we enjoy the varied social life that comes from sharing the friendship and diverse interests of our seventy-five members. Theatre trips, weekends away, boules competitions and much more are all part of being a Honley Lady. We certainly fulfil the main aims of our constitution: reaching high musical standards and having a good time! Come and try it for yourself.
Emily is an extremely well-qualified Musical Director and solo performer. She has been our M.D. for over sixteen years - which speaks volumes! It is Emily who has transformed us from a traditional 'ladies choir' into the confident, entertaining and prizewinning group we are today. She challenges and inspires us to achieve the impossible.
Jane came to play for us in 2015 with a well-earned reputation as an accompanist, solo performer and teacher. Her calm, informed approach complements Emily's more ebullient style. Together they make a formidable team. (To Jane's site).
Just got back from performing with Honley Ladies Choir - Oh my goodness me they are good! Superb musicians, passionate, dedicated and engaging. Brilliantly directed by Emily Reaves-Bradley and perfectly accompanied by Jane Robertson.
Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for such a fabulous evening last night. I have to admit that at the beginning of the night the only reason I was there was to see Collabro but WOW - what a great choir you are and the whole evening from start to finish was just wonderful, I really didn’t want it to end.
Mrs Sunderland Festival
Such a convincing performance with authority and dynamism. You communicate so well - we all felt better for hearing your performance.