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!
The autumn of 2019 also sees our long-standing conductor John Pryce-Jones step down – read on.
Sunday 1st March 2020 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End, HALIFAX
MESSIAH by George Frideric Handel
Halifax Choral Society gave its first performance of Handel’s incomparable masterpiece The Messiah in 1818 – and have performed it about annually ever since.
Tickets, priced as above, from Victoria Theatre Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or here: Messiah tickets or on the door
Darius Battiwalla – Guest Conductor
Followers of Halifax Choral Society will know that our Music Director of over thirty years, John Pryce-Jones, retired in October 2019. In the interim period, before the forthcoming appointment of a new Director, Darius Battiwalla is assisting the society and was guest conductor for our 1st December Carols and Brass concert. He has had a long association with Halifax Choral Society, often performing with the choir as organist or harpsichord continuo player. He is a major figure across the North of England music scene, combining his roles as Music Director of Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Leeds City Organist with a host of other professional engagements. These include organ recitals across (and outside) the region, accompanying silent films, working with BBC Young Choristers of the Year and many other conducting engagements. Darius is also known as a keyboard improviser and for his many fine arrangements of well-loved music, especially Christmas carols. More details here: Darius Battiwalla
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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