Sing Holmfirth was a cross-generational arts and heritage project, supported with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund which took place as part of Holmfirth Arts Festival 2018.
The final event took place on Sunday 17 June at 3pm in Victoria Park, Holmfirth, in the pennine hills of West Yorkshire, England.
Did you know that the choral tradition of the Holmfirth Feast Sings dates back to 1882 where, most years, people from the town and valley would put on their Sunday best and head out for a big sing – right up until the 1990s?
We felt the need to revive it. We commissioned composer, Barry Russell and James Morgan, conductor of Holme Valley Orchestra, to take the bird's eye view of the swallow, witnessing the changes in the Valley over the centuries. This was their starting point for new songs about Holmfirth co-created with Holme Valley communities including Holmfirth Writers’ Group, Wooldale Junior School, Holmfirth Choral Society and Holmfirth Parish Church, culminating in a massed choir for the present day accompanied by the Holme Valley Orchestra.
In addition, to some fantastic music, we created three beautiful banners, painted by U3A, 101st Huddersfield Guides, Holmfirth Festival Supporters and community.