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.

Sunday 26th November 2017, 6.30pm in the Victoria Theatre

The Messiah – GF Handel

Wednesday 6th December 2017, 7.30pm in the Victoria Theatre

Carols and Brass

200 YEARS! Halifax Choral Society, 1817-2017. Conductor JOHN PRYCE-JONES. Sunday, 26 November, 6.30pm: G F HANDEL -- Messiah, Using the acclaimed version by Dr Denis Wright for brass band, with the virtuoso BLACK DYKE BAND Wednesday, 6 December, 7.30pm: Carols & Brass -- An evening of music, fun and laughter, with the world-famous BLACK DYKE BAND, Conductor: Nicholas Childs; Victoria Theatre Halifax Tickets: £12 to £24; Box Office 01422 351158

Carols & Brass

with Black Dyke Band, and Rastrick High School Chamber Choir