The world's oldest choral society. Making music continuously since 1817

Welcome to Halifax Choral Society

Its members may be amateurs from many walks of life but they pride themselves on professional singing.

News — 2018-2019  –  the 201st season

This season marks the advent of a third century of unbroken performance.  This makes the Society unique, no other choral society in the world has been in regular performance as long.  When the Society was founded Napoleon Bonaparte was living in exile on St Helena! 


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Sunday 28th October 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP

AUTUMN CLASSICS CONCERT

VIVALDI: Gloria
MOZART: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
GABRIELLI: In Ecclesiis

A rich musical odyssey from late-Renaissance Gabrieli via Baroque Vivaldi – and arriving at Mozart’s Classical elegance!  Each composer was a master in his time – renowned and revered ever since.

In Ecclesiis showcases Giovanni Gabrieli’s consummate mastery of Venetian polychoral writing (a style which evolved to exploit San Marco’s twin choir lofts).  Gabrieli was one of the most influential musicians of his era and represents the apex of music of the Venetian School at the transition between the Renaissance and Baroque styles

Antonio Vivaldi was Venice’s famous Red Priest who wrote for the all-female music ensemble of the orphanage of the Ospedale della Pietà (which nonetheless was able to provide fine voices in all four parts!) – and also for his rich use of melody and incisive musical drama. The Gloria moves through its 12 short sections with inexorable conviction, engaging pace and musical momentum.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was hailed as the supreme dramatist and quintessential exponent of Classical era elegance and poise.  His Vesperae Solennes de Confessore contains all the supreme musical drama we love so much in his operas with rich writing for the soloists. 

Hot on the heels of our fabulous bicentenary season, this concert marks the advent of Halifax Choral Society’s third century of unbroken performance

Tickets from Victoria Theatre, from the Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or via https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking or on the door.  

Soloists:  Charlotte La Thrope  (soprano),  Emma Stannard  (alto), Bertie Yates  (tenor), David Hall  (bass)

Music director John Pryce-Jones

with The North of England Classical Orchestra


Sunday 25th November 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP
THE 200th MESSIAH

The Society invites audience members who have sung the Messiah previously, or who have good part-singing experience, to join with us for some of the great choruses (your own score will be required, Watkins-Shaw edition preferred).   See section below

 

Halifax Choral Society gave its first performance of Handel’s incomparable masterpiece The Messiah in 1818. We have given at least one annual performance every year since then.

Tickets from Victoria Theatre, from the Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or via https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking or on the door

Music director John Pryce-Jones


Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP

CAROLS AND BRASS  With Black Dyke Band

Halifax Choral Society’s annual feast of Christmas cheer and music of every kind with many-times world champion Black Dyke brass band.

Tickets from Victoria Theatre, from the Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or via https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking or on the door

Music directors: John Pryce-Jones and Nicholas Childs


Its members may be amateurs from many walks of life but they pride themselves on professional singing.

Throughout its long history, the Choir has performed almost every major choral work in the repertoire.

The Halifax Choral Society has always aimed high and has traditionally performed with first-rate orchestras, soloists and conductors.

Looking through the annals of the Society is to turn back the pages of musical history of the past two centuries.

If you are interested in singing with us, complete the form on this page to receive more information, or contact the Administrator

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