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

AUTUMN CLASSICS CONCERT

VIVALDI: Gloria
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


Sunday 25th November 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP

THE 200th MESSIAH

The Society invites audience members who have sung the Messiah previously, or who have good part-singing experience, to join with us for some of the great choruses (your own score will be required, Watkins-Shaw edition preferred).   See section below

 

Halifax Choral Society gave its first performance of Handel’s incomparable masterpiece The Messiah in 1818. We have given at least one annual performance every year since then.

With soloists:
  Catrin Pryce-Jones   soprano
  Katie Stevenson   mezzo-soprano
  Hiroshi Amako  tenor
  Samuel Carl   bass

Tickets from Victoria Theatre, from the Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or via https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking or on the door

Music director John Pryce-Jones


Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 6:30pm at The Victoria Theatre, Wards End HALIFAX HX1 1BP

CAROLS AND BRASS  With Black Dyke Band

Halifax Choral Society’s annual feast of Christmas cheer and music of every kind with many-times world champion Black Dyke brass band.    Bradshaw Primary School choir will join us on stage as our special guests.

Tickets from Victoria Theatre, from the Box Office in person or by phone 01422 351158, or via https://victoriatheatre.co.uk/victoria/visit/booking or on the door

Music directors: John Pryce-Jones and Nicholas Childs


 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: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/463960 [also on the door]

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