Halifax Choral Society is very proud to be presenting an incredible season of concerts to mark our 200th year, kicking off on October 15th with the World Premiere of Philip Wilby’s “The Holy Face”, which we recorded over the summer with Brass Dyke Band and will be performing this time with the North of England Classical Orchestra. Our soloists are Catrin Pryce-Jones (soprano and the very talented daughter of our musical director), Emma Stannard (alto), Peter Harris (tenor) and Jerome Knox (bass). Having had the pleasure of hearing them sing for the recording, I can guarantee you have a treat in store. Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and Yorkshire Youth Choir will also be joining us on stage in what will be the most spectacular concert in Halifax Choral Society’s long history.
In the words of the composer, it is “an Oratorio in the English tradition, using four soloists, a fulsome accompaniment (for orchestra or for brass band) and providing a significant role for the chorus.” Choral piece of this magnitude are seldom commissioned nowadays and we are extremely proud to be involved in the creation of such a powerful work.
The programme also includes Mendelssohn’s Psalm 114 (dedicated to Halifax Choral Society by the composer in 1839) and Bruckner: Te Deum.
Sunday 26th November sees Halifax Choral Society’s 199th annual consecutive performance of Handel’s Messiah with the world-famous Black Dyke Band and joined by guests from Carlow Choral Society and Edinburgh Royal Choral Union.
The festive celebrations continue on Wednesday 6th December with the annual Carols and Brass concert with Black Dyke Band.
Spring Concert 2018 will be Haydn’s The Creation, the very first work performed by the Society, on 9th February 1818.
All of these concerts will be held at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax and tickets are available via their box office.
In addition to these events, Dr John Hargreaves, a renowned local historian, is writing a book entitled: ‘Every Valley Shall be Exalted’: A History of the Halifax Choral Society (1818-2018), available Spring 2018. A CD of The Holy Face (featuring Black Dyke Band) will be available to buy later this year.
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