Spring Concert letter from HCS admin:

Spring will hopefully bring sunshine with the colourful flowers and new life of our gardens and countryside after the wet, miserable winter we have experienced.   Spring also brings a burst of musical colour and life in the Halifax Choral Society’s Spring Concert with the North of England Classical Orchestra, at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on Sunday 17th April at 4.00 pm
 
The renowned Halifax Choral Society has been in existence for almost 200 years, and over that long period has performed the vast majority of the choral repertoire. Whilst its members are all amateur singers from many walks of life, the choir is very highly regarded for the quality of its singing. Having a choir of this calibre in Halifax means that there is absolutely no need to travel into either Leeds or Manchester to attend concerts of the highest quality! 
 
This concert offers a wonderful opportunity to hear the mysterious and evocative setting of the Requiem Mass by W A Mozart.  This piece formed the basis of the thrilling feature film Amadeus with the controversy still running on as to the identity of the sinister patron who commissioned Mozart to compose the piece. Little did Mozart realise that he was writing the music for his own Requiem, as he died suddenly with the music incomplete, to be finished by others.  However, the wonderful big tunes are all Mozart, and they turn this work into a masterpiece, definitely not to be missed! 
 
Along with the Halifax Choral Society we can offer you four excellent soloists: Elin Pritchard, soprano, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, mezzo, Joshua Ellicott tenor, and Paul D. Grant baritone.
 
The other work being performed is by the French composer Charles Gounod. His setting of the Mass for St Cecilia’s day – Messe Solennelle de St Cécile is flawlessly sincere with a joyful grandeur that befits a mass written for the patron saint of music.   The music will undoubtedly dazzle and charm – much of it closely akin to operatic music for which Gounod also is justly famed.

The conductor for this impressive concert is the Choral Society’s renowned music director, John Pryce-Jones

 

Tickets for this special event range from £9 to £23 with discounts available, on sale from the Theatre Box Office on 01422 351158 or online at www.victoriatheatre.co.uk
 
We hope that you will be able to join us to hear this fantastic music.

What HCS means to me

Hi there

For my first ever blog (ever, anywhere!) I thought I would briefly recall how I came to be in HCS and what it means to me.

I moved to Halifax from South Shields  (a lovely coastal town on the North East coast) in 2o10 at the tender age of 22. I tried joining an amateur dramatics group to help me make friends and settle in, but I found it a tremendous commitment time and energy wise so I gave up after about a year. I felt a bit lost and was desperate to get back into singing regularly but wasn’t sure what to do.

One afternoon in September 2013 (by which time I was a ripe old 25) I spotted an HCS poster outside the Victoria Theatre and thought I’d give it a go. I Googled the society, sent an email and went along the following Monday. I came away from that first rehearsal feeling excited and exhilarated. I had bravely sat with the first sopranos (on the front row no less!) and I have proudly sat there for almost three years now (gasp, approaching 29!). My fellow sops were friendly, welcoming, interested, interesting, helpful, kind…I could go on. I had found what I was looking for!

Every rehearsal with HCS is like a singing lesson, we are always learning and developing. I have sung works I’d never heard before, and some I was familiar with from school days, but they have all taught me different things and helped me grow and learn about my voice.

I feel I misled you when I said I would be brief. The top and bottom is that HCS has helped me feel like Halifax is my home, that I have my own life here with a hobby that I love and treasure. I would urge anyone to try joining a choir, no matter what your age, background or musical knowledge  (or lack thereof in my case). To me HCS doesn’t just stand for Halifax Choral Society, it stands for Happiness Comes from Singing.

Lauren

Halifax Choral Society will be 200 years old in 2017, the oldest continuously- performing choral society in the world. We are quite proud of that! To celebrate our bicentenary we have commissioned a new piece by Philip Wilby about John the Baptist, called The Holy Face, which we will be recording and performing, along with a number of other projects. This blog has been create to explore what we are, where we come from and what we aim to be. Some history, some personal stories and news about what we are doing right now.

For starters, our upcoming concertimage