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! 

Donald Hunt

The Society notes with sadness that Dr Donald Hunt, our music director between 1957 and 1988, died in August 2018. Originally from Gloucester (where he began his life-long musical career as a Cathedral chorister) Donald Hunt moved to Leeds in 1957, making his debut as a conductor with Halifax Choral Society that year. He was renowned as a great choral musician, particularly in the Church of England tradition but was also a strong advocate of French music. In 1975 he returned to his West Country roots to take a post at Worcester Cathedral but continued conducting Halifax Choral Society’s performances until 1988. You can read more in the Church Times obituary here:

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Localgiving   Our Localgiving page is here (link opens a new page/tab). Money is a constant challenge – please donate whatever you can to help us to keep singing for you for another 200 years

Saturday 11th May 2019 at 6:30pm (date and venue to be confirmed) 


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.

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