The Alchemy Consort at the Methodist Chapel

A Rare Opportunity!

Your chance to experience this amazing chamber choir from the Royal Northern College of Music as they perform original music from local Heptonstall composer Katie Chatburn, alongside works by Elgar, Arthur Sullivan, Stanford, Monteverdi, Gesualdo and more..

The Alchemy Consort

The Alchemy consort is a close harmony octet which was originally formed to perform in a series of Spotlight concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music. In those early performances they showcased a selection of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi and Carlo Gesualdo. The group consists of mainly RNCM third year undergraduate vocal students but has recently expanded with members from various years. Since their début  in the Autumn 2012 their list of repertoire has expanded to include not only Madrigals or Renaissance choral works but any work for choir or vocal ensemble spanning from the Medieval to the contemporary. They have recently explored the world of Romantic English choral music as well as experimenting with arrangements by modern groups such as the King’s Singers and the Swingle Singers. Having performed many times at RNCM and taken part in the 40th anniversary ‘RNCM in the City’ concert series with a successful concert at St Ann’s, Deansgate they went on to make their Bridgewater Hall debut in a lunchtime concert. They sang an eclectic programme ranging from their signature Monteverdi madrigals, through Mozart, Elgar and American Spirituals all the way to contemporary pop song arrangements. Most recently they premièred David Liggins’ “My heart is like a singing bird” at Didsbury’s Emanuel Church as well as receiving a master-class from The King Singers’ Alastair Hume.

Sunday 22nd June 1.30pm Heptonstall Methodist Chapel

Tickets cost only £5 and are available from the Heptonstall Post Office and on the door. Money raised will be donated to both the Heptonstall Methodist Church and Heptonstall Festival.

The Alchemy Consort at the Methodist Chapel

The Alchemy Consort Live at the Methodist Chapel

 

Chapel Exhibition

inside chapel for headerA new exhibition celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Heptonstall Methodist chapel is now on show in the chapel off Northgate, which is open every day.

It includes Victorian photographs of the chapel and its celebrations, as well as pictures from the many popular pantomimes held in the Sunday School until the 1990s.

A new website featuring more pictures and videos has also been launched as part of the celebrations. If you have more pictures or memories you would like to contribute, please get in touch through the website.

Heptonstall School Fair

pfa school poster

This weekend is a busy one in Heptonstall. On Saturday, Christmas trees will be on sale in Weavers’ Square from 3pm, with all proceeds to the Heptonstall Lights and Planting Group.

Hebden Bridge Brass Band will play from 5.30pm for the switch-on of the Christmas tree lights. At 6pm they will move into the White Lion, where pie and peas will be served.

On Sunday, Heptonstall School’s Christmas fair runs from 2pm to 4pm in the school hall, with attractions including Santa’s grotto, games for the children, face painting and many other stalls.

Further ahead, Christmas events include:

Sunday, 15 December, 3pm, Christingle Service at St Thomas’.

Sunday, 15 December, time tbc, a concert of Klezmer music at the White Lion.

Sunday, 22 December, 10.45am, Nativity Service in the Methodist Chapel. Children from the village and school are invited to take part in this enjoyable event. We also need a baby to play Jesus – contact Margaret Coupe on 01422 842550 if you want to put your baby on the road to stardom.

Sunday 22 December 6.30pm, Village Carol Service at St Thomas.

Wednesday, 25 December, 9.30am, Joint Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Chapel.

 

Chapel newsletter including jokes

Mr Jones had recently become the father of triplets. The minister stopped him in the street to congratulate him.

“Well Mr Jones,” he said, “I hear the Lord has smiled on you.”

“Smiled on me!” repeated Mr Jones, “He laughed out loud.”

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Harassed woman to very deaf husband: “Oh I do wish you would wear your hearing aid!”

“But I do lass,” he replied, “I wear it many a time when I’m by myself.”

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And now to the news items:

Thanks for things past: the sponsored walk and tea in May raised £1,480, and the Sunday School Anniversary in June, led by Mrs Susan Watson and her puppets, raised £975. A coffee morning at the home of Mrs Jessie Breeze raised £150, of which half went to the Forget-me-not Trust, the rest being used for chapel funds. Many thanks to everyone who supported these events.

Looking ahead: The new Methodist minister, Mrs Christine Perry, will be leading the Chapel Anniversary and Gift Day on Sunday, 13 October, at 10.45am.

On Monday, 14 October, at 2.30pm, there will be a Ladies’ Evening in the Sunday School, with speaker Leah Coneron on her visit to China. Gifts for the stall should begin with E or F.

Sunday 10 November will be the Village Rememberance Service at the Methodist Chapel with superintendent minister Rev Alistair Newton.

Monday, 12 November, 2.30pm, Ladies Evening in the Sunday School. Gifts for the stall should being with G.

Saturday, 23 November, 11.30pm. Kick off the Christmas fun at the Fair in the Sunday School, many things for children, various stalls, lunch served from 12.30pm.

Sunday, 15 December, 3pm, Christingle Service at St Thomas’.

Sunday, 22 December, 10.45am, Nativity Service in the Methodist Chapel. Children from the village and school are invited to take part in this enjoyable event. We also need a baby to play Jesus – contact Margaret Coupe on 01422 842550 if you want to put your baby on the road to stardom.

Sunday 22 December 6.30pm, Village Carol Service at St Thomas.

Wednesday, 25 December, 9.30am, Joint Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Chapel.

Sunday, 5 January, 10.45am, Covenant Service at the Methodist Chapel.

Looking even further ahead: It is the chapel’s 250th birthday next year and we are hoping to have a number of events to celebrate this.

Methodist anniversary service

A Sunday School anniversary service will be held in the Methodist Octagonal Chapel on Sunday at 10.45am.

Below, Fay Fielding shares her memories and photographs of previous services, which were traditionally a big event in the chapel year. Check out our current parish clerk Roger Greenwood, third from the left on the back row of the Christmas play! What a set of darlings!

More videos about the Chapel heritage will follow in preparation for their 250th anniversary next year.

fay fielding methodist from Amy Binns on Vimeo.

Be My Baby

Heptonstall Methodist Church nativity group

If you want to prepare your baby for stardom, a leading role is available in the Heptonstall Methodists’ traditional nativity service.

A baby is needed to play the part of Baby Jesus on Sunday 23 December at 10.45am. Willing candidates can be held by Mary or can chill out in their car seat next to the manger, depending on the parents’ preference.

Any other children who would like to join in as angels, shepherds etc are very welcome to attend.

Rehearsals are being held at 10am on Saturday 15 December and Saturday 22 December at the Octagonal Chapel. Anyone interested can contact Margaret on 01422 842550 or just turn up to a rehearsal.

Methodist Church Autumn Calendar

Sunday at 10.45am -Village Remembrance Service at Methodist Church.

Monday 14th. November at 8pm – Ladies Evening in the Sunday school – speaker Roger Benn on travel and holidays.

Saturday 19th. November – Christmas Fayre in the Sunday School 11am with lunch served from 1pm.  A slight change from the bazaar with more things for children but still some traditional stalls.  Note new time.

Sunday 18th December at 10.45am – Nativity Service in the Methodist Church.  Children from the village and the school are warmly invited to take  part in this enjoyable event.

Sunday 18th December at 6.30pm – Village Carol Service in St Thomas` followed by tea or coffee and mince pies.

Sunday  25th  December at 9 30am – Village Christmas Day Service at the Methodist Church.

Sunday 1st January 2012 at 10.45am – Annual Covenant Service at the Methodist Church.