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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 Saturday 11th May 2019 at 6:30pm at Brighouse Central Methodist Church
THE St JOHN PASSION  by Johann Sebastian Bach

Ecce Homo – Behold the Man (Antonio Ciseri 1821–1891) Pontius Pilate presents Jesus to the crowd

Bach’s St John Passion is one of the greatest works of one of the very greatest composers. It tells the graphic story of the events leading to the crucifixion of Christ. In a series of glorious musical episodes beautiful chorales, arias and choruses are interspersed to sustain the ‘pace’ of an epic, almost cinematic, telling of one of the great bible stories. [The ‘passion narratives’ tell the story of Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane and his crucifixion and burial]

Tickets (inclusive of booking fees) £16.50 Adult; £5.50 under 16s
available online at: [also on the door]


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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