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

Welcome to Halifax Choral Society

News — 2019-2020  –  the 202nd season

Our 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! 


STOP PRESS – Our 2019-20 season has been suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Our singers have also stopped meeting in order to rehearse.  We will resume our concerts when circumstances permit.

The Society is proud and delighted to be taking ‘centre stage’ in the new West Yorkshire Archive Service exhibition – Treasures of The Archive.  Admission is free.  The exhibition will be open every day the History Centre is open and runs until autumn 2020.  There will be a family fun day on Tuesday 18th February 2020.  The exhibition will focus on much previously unseen archive material featuring Halifax Choral Society.  A unique event!

Venue – West Yorkshire History Centre   127 Kirkgate  Wakefield WF1 1JG
Email:    Tel: +44 (0)113 5350142
Opening hours  Monday 9.30am-5.00pm; Tuesday 9.30am-5.00pm; Thursday 9.30am-5.00pm; Friday 9.30am-5.00pm

Web: West Yorkshire History Centre website  – for full venue details, further news and updates!

Yorkshire Post interview with historian Dr John Hargreaves – author of Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, the comprehensive official history of The Society.  In this interview John Hargreaves discusses some interesting facets of the Society’s story, including the links between our founder, William Priestley and Anne Lister, ‘Gentleman Jack’ of Shibden Hall, Halifax.  Read it here: the story of Every Valley Shall Be Exalted 
A few copies of the book are still available – to enquire please visit our online shop by clicking here: shop

Localgiving   Our Localgiving page is here (link opens a new page/tab)Please donate to help us to keep singing for another 200 years

Its members come from many walks of life but share a true passion for bringing music to life.

Throughout its long history, the Choir has performed almost every major choral work in the repertoire.  Halifax Choral Society has always aimed high and 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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