September sees the start of the Holmbury Choral Society 1990/1991 season. For those people of the area who do not know anything about the Society I would like to take this opportunity to explain our organisation. Early this century the Vaughan-Williams family along with a few friends started a Musical Festival for local choirs. Each year these choirs take part in a competition performing a variety of music chosen for them by the festival organisers. A new principal choral work is chosen each year. The competition is held in the Dorking Halls and in the morning the choirs perform separately the chosen music. In one class they are asked to sing an extract from the choral work. In the evening the choirs join together to sing the whole choral piece with orchestral accompaniment provided by the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. If soloists are required they are drawn from young professional singers. The other pieces learnt for the morning competition are also sung in the evening concert, for example a madrigal and a part song. Holmbury is one of these choirs and performs in the division two section of the Festival.
Holmbury's performance in this last year's Festival was regarded by our conductor "as one of the best for a long time", and we won several classes and did not have any disasters.
Apart from this festival the choir also holds a Christmas concert in the village hall where food and coffee is served in the interval.
In the spring a concert is usually held in which we perform our Leith Hill music. Although not so well attended as the Christmas "do" it is a good practice for us and an opportunity to hear some of our number perform solos (if the pieces allow).
The last few years has seen us meet in July for a summer bar-b-que. This is intended for the whole family and is a great chance to catch up on some gossip. We are always in need of extra voices, and anyone who enjoys singing would be most welcome to come along. No formal musical knowledge is needed, but an ability to sing in tune would be appreciated!
Our rehearsals are held in the Abinger Hammer hall on Thursdays at 8 pm. The first practise of the season is 13 September. The major pieces chosen for this year's festival are Mozart's Mass in C, K.167 and Burgon's The Fall of Lucifer.
Two concerts coming up might be of interest to some of you. The first is a concert by the LHMF Chamber Choir. R.V.W. A celebration of Ralph Vaughan Williams in words and music. Saturday 22 September at 7.30 pm in the Dorking Halls.
The second is a concert for the Mole Valley Festival of Arts, the chorus being made up of members of Leith Hill choirs and they will be performing Elgar's Dream of Gerontius on 29 September at 8 pm in the Dorking Halls. Tickets for both concerts can be obtained from Margaret Yule, Dorking 730280.
From Abinger and Coldharbour Parish News, September 1990