So choirs thrived, choirboys turned into choirmen
, choirmasters, organists, priests.
and their supporters headed for the Lake District to sing at the Theatre By The Lake.
have posed for a charity calendar.
James Saunders similarly shows us how individual English cathedral choirmen
moonlighted as freelance teachers and singers in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century towns.
Also interesting is James Saunders' well-written essay on "Music and Moonlighting: the Cathedral Choirmen
of Early Modern England, 1558-1649," which gives a full and amusing picture of the highly varied outside jobs of post-Reformation choirmen
, who supplemented their meager emoluments and filled the time left free by the reduced schedule of liturgical song with activities ranging from non-musical church tasks to keeping pigs and even keeping ale-houses.
Two of the present choirmen
, tenors Geoff and David Cross, are founder members and most are drawn from other male voice choirs, Bolsterstone, Skelmanthorpe, Honley and Millhouse.
The talented youngsters and the choirmen
will present a programme of traditional Christmas fare and songs from the shows in a show at Holmfirth Civic Hall next Friday, December 7 (7.