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

Autumn 2017

Our bicentenary season started on Sunday 15th October 2017 with our newly commissioned oratorio telling the dramatic biblical story of the life of John the Baptist (patron saint of Halifax):

Halifax Choral Society (200 years -- 1817-2017); SUNDAY 15 OCTOBER 2017, 7.30pm; BICENTENARY CELEBRATION, Conducted by John Pryce-Jones. Philip Wilby’s new oratorio THE HOLY FACE; Mendelssohn’s Psalm 114 (WHEN ISRAEL OUT OF EGYPT CAME); Bruckner’s TE DEUM LAUDAMUS. HCS is joined by Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus & Yorkshire Youth Choir, North of England Classical Orchestra. Victoria Theatre Halifax; Tickets: £12 to £24 from Box Office or

The Holy Face

by Yorkshire composer Philip Wilby, with text from biblical sources by Neville Boundy. This is an oratorio in the English tradition, with four soloists and a fulsome accompaniment. More details (preface from the vocal score).

Mendelssohn’s Psalm 114 (When Israel out of Egypt came); Dedicated to the Society by the composer in 1839.

Bruckner’s Te Deum Laudamus.

With soloists:
  Catrin Pryce-Jones, soprano
  Emma Stanford, mezzo-soprano
  Peter Harris, tenor
  Jerome Knox, baritone


The Society was joined by Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Yorkshire Youth Choir, and the North of England Classical Orchestra.