Carol Singing in Hunshelf Parish
The tradition of singing Local Carols in the Green Moor area goes back over a 100 years. Many people will know the titles of our carols and even the word. The tune will not be as familiar as these were often written by local people and were peculiar to a certain area.
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Over the years, like many traditions, it became more difficult to keep it going. Elderly residents who knew the history and the tunes were no longer with us. Modern living means time for so many is precious and singing carols and keeping traditions going is not always a priority. However a small group of Green Moor residents did come together with the will, and a bit of time on their hands and the enthusiasm to revive it and make it part of Village life once again.
We needed a place to rehearse, someone to help us learn the tunes and the enthusiasm to start the ball rolling once again. We managed all of them and with the aid of a small grant from a local charity even managed to provide interval refreshments and pay for the hire of a rehearsal room.
We are now very proud that the tradition of singing local carols in Green Moor and the surrounding Hunshelf Parish still thrives today. A group of 25- 30 local people start rehearsing in November, always the first Monday after Armistice Day and towards Christmas spend two evenings singing the carols. One evening in the local public house and the other evening touring around the parish, continuing the 100 year old tradition of singing outside and inside residents’ houses. The evening is an enjoyable one and as the night goes on the singing gets more enthusiastic, though this is possibly fuelled by the generosity of those houses visited that tend to provide us with both food and wine. The singing seems to get more tuneful also as the night progresses, but that could be an illusion! We believe we may be one of the very few groups or indeed the only group in the local area to actually tour around and sing inside. Over the years we have raised several hundred pounds and the money collected is always donated to a charity which has a local connection
We always say we are not a choir, but a group of enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy singing, but over the years, we have improved and are now in serious danger of becoming a choir! We are a mixed bag comprising those who are able to read music, those who have never sung before and some who sang the carols years ago and are happy to be doing it again. We sing in four part harmony and CDs are produced of the various parts to aid our learning. If you are interested and you would like to join us please contact
Chris Johnson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 07951 468471
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