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

Autumn 2018 – Past Concerts

Sunday 28th October 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP


MOZART: Vesperae Solennes de Confessore
GABRIELLI: In Ecclesiis

A rich musical odyssey from late-Renaissance Gabrieli via Baroque Vivaldi – and arriving at Mozart’s Classical elegance!  Each composer was a master in his time – renowned and revered ever since.

In Ecclesiis showcases Giovanni Gabrieli’s consummate mastery of Venetian polychoral writing (a style which evolved to exploit San Marco’s twin choir lofts).  Gabrieli was one of the most influential musicians of his era and represents the apex of music of the Venetian School at the transition between the Renaissance and Baroque styles

Antonio Vivaldi was Venice’s famous Red Priest who wrote for the all-female music ensemble of the orphanage of the Ospedale della Pietà (which nonetheless was able to provide fine voices in all four parts!) – and also for his rich use of melody and incisive musical drama. The Gloria moves through its 12 short sections with inexorable conviction, engaging pace and musical momentum.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was hailed as the supreme dramatist and quintessential exponent of Classical era elegance and poise.  His Vesperae Solennes de Confessore contains all the supreme musical drama we love so much in his operas with rich writing for the soloists. 

Hot on the heels of our fabulous bicentenary season, this concert marks the advent of Halifax Choral Society’s third century of unbroken performance

Soloists:  Charlotte La Thrope  (soprano),  Emma Stannard  (alto), Bertie Yates  (tenor), David Hall  (bass)

Music director John Pryce-Jones

with The North of England Classical Orchestra