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

Welcome to Halifax Choral Society

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

Bach’s St John Passion is one of the greatest works by a composer often regarded as the father of Western music. 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 perhaps the greatest of bible stories. [The ‘passion narratives’ tell the story of Jesus’ arrest in Gethsemane and his crucifixion and burial]

Conductor –  John Pryce-Jones
Orchestra – North of England Classical Orchestra
Soprano – Catrin Pryce-Jones                           Mezzo – Helen Charlston
Tenor – Ruairi Bowen                                         Bass – Will Frost 


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

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

Music Director Recruitment

After thirty years of committed, inspiring musical leadership our conductor John Pryce-Jones will be standing down.  The Society invites applications from suitably experienced candidates for the role of Musical Director – full details can be found here:

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.  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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