Music & Me: Jim Morgan

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Hi Jim, can you tell us a bit more about your role as Musical Director?

As MD, I’m responsible for the musical direction of the choir. This means choosing the music – both new and old – rehearsing the men and working with our accompanist – Jane Robertson – to shape performances. Being responsible for the choirs output, concerts, busking, singing in care homes and also the choirs outward face in terms of media.   

Can you tell us a bit more about the Gledholt Male Voice Choir?

The choir has been making music for over 75 years and has currently around 40 members. It is Huddersfield’s only Male Voice Choir and as such prides itself in such an honour. We give regular concerts in the community and are travelling to Ireland later this year. Following the choir’s amazing work done during lockdown, we are moving forward in this digital age, broadcasting (limited) our rehearsals and hope tp broadcast our concerts in the future.

What does music mean to you?

Everything.

What was the first piece of music you bought?

It was an LP of choral music when I was young.

How can residents get involved?

By attending concerts, viewing our website and facebook page. We would welcome new members and encourage people to come and visit us, either in person or on-line. There is nothing quite like live music.

What is your favourite thing about the Kirklees Music scene and what could be better?

It used to be the amount of music in the area. Huddersfield alone had 6 youth orchestras at one point. Sadly this is diminishing as we seek entertainment elsewhere. However, we have world class orchestras, bands, choirs, composers, performers and groups that are either resident or visiting. There is also growing youth music culture which needs to be encouraged. Also, our festivals are outstanding. They do need public support, both as organisers and participants. 

What three things would you like to see happen as part of the year of music?

More emphasis on music in schools and free instrumental lessons for pupils. Music as a subject is all-embracing and non-elitist. A great school has a great Music Department.

What is the best live music experience you have attended?

Hm, tricky one. Probably a performance of Britten’s opera ‘Peter Grimes’ on the beach at Aldeburgh. 

What current artist/band/ song are you listening to? 

No-one in particular. It varies. More recently, a cd of folk music by the Canadian band ‘Le Vent do Nord’

Finally, what is Your choice for the Kirklees Music and Me Jukebox?

I’d like to say John Cage’s 4’33”, but I’ll settle for Stockhausen’s 9th Piano Piece.

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