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


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CD: £15 + £3 P&P

The Halifax Choral Society’s bicentenary commission:

The HOLY FACE (Philip Wilby; libretto by Neville Boundy).

Black Dyke Band and Halifax Choral Society, conductor John Pryce-Jones.

Catrin Pryce-Jones soprano
Emma Stannard mezzo
Peter Harris tenor
Jerome Knox baritone
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Yorkshire Youth Choir

Musical musing on the Baptist (A review in the Church Times of the Society’s recent concert, which included the live première of this work): “… performed and recorded (with amazing spirit and accuracy) …”

Two-CD Set: £15 + £3 P&P

Doyen Master Series:
The Messiah (Georg Friedrich Händel, arr. Dr Denis Wright)

Black Dyke Band and Halifax Choral Society, conductor John Pryce-Jones

Maurice Murphy trumpet
Mary Hegarty soprano
Carole Wilson mezzo
Aled Hall tenor
Gidon Saks bass

4barsrest Review: “This is a stunning achievement. Handel’s masterpiece has received many outstanding performances since it was first heard in Dublin in 1742, and was in fact performed memorably by Black Dyke and the Halifax Choral Society in 1951, but this recording deservedly stands comparison with any that have taken place.”

The Compleat Messiah Review: “… it is a MUST hear.”

Single CD: £5 + £3 P&P

Halifax Choral Society (Organist: David Houlder; Conducted by John Pryce-Jones)


Black Dyke Band
(Conductor Dr Nicholas J. Childs)

Another very successful collaboration between Halifax Choral Society and Black Dyke Band.

The CD features both well-known and less-frequently-heard Christmas items for choir and band, plus some excellent band-only items including Black Dyke’s principal cornet Richard Marshall playing the Rocking Carol.

For connoisseurs of a real Yorkshire speciality, ‘Hail Smiling Morn’ is included in this wide-ranging selection of festive music.

Playing time 55 minutes

To mark the bicentenary of the Society, the eminent Halifax historian Dr John A. Hargreaves has compiled the first ever comprehensive official history of the Choir after exhaustive researches.

Against the odds, the HCS has entered the musical record books as the first ever secular UK choral society to have a continuous series of concert seasons for the past 200 years.

This fascinating and high-quality production delves deep into the workings of the choir, alongside the social history of the Halifax area and its people.

Price: £25 plus £5 p&p.




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CD: £5 + £3 P&P


Halifax Choral Society, conductor John Pryce-Jones. WITH Fodens (Courtois) Band, conductor Nicholas J Childs.

A rich mix of Christmas melodies from band and choir. The CD includes many well-loved favourites, plus some that may well be new to you.