Halifax Choral Society will be celebrating the end of our Bicentenary season with 2 performances at Halifax Minster as part of the Minster’s second Summer festival. “Choral at the Minster – A celebration of 200 years” takes place on Saturday 30th June, featuring many of our favourite pieces from two centuries of repertoire. An early start the following day sees us taking part in a … Continue reading Grand finale to our Bicentenary celebrations
For the next part of our spectacular Bicentenary season celebrations, Halifax Choral Society will be recreating our first ever performance (200 years ago) of The Creation by Haydn, accompanied on period instruments by the Hanover Band, one of Britain’s finest period instruments orchestras. This is a rare opportunity for the music-lovers of Yorkshire to hear one of the great choral works performed on the instruments that … Continue reading The Creation
The first concert of our Bicentenary season is nearly here at last! There has been so much work (and a fair few sleepless nights) put into the preparation for this, but everything is coming together beautifully. It is an incredible feeling to know we will be making history, not only for our longevity but also for commissioning and performing The Holy Face. (Come and see … Continue reading One week to go!
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 … Continue reading Our Bicentenary season is officially underway!
Rehearsals started last night (on the hottest day of the year) at Hudderfield Town Hall for our recording of The Holy Face. We were joined by the marvelous Black Dyke Band, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and members of the Yorkshire Youth Choir and were under the beady eyes of Darius Battiwalla, Nicholas Childs and the Philip Wilby himself. The Holy Face has been a challenge to … Continue reading In the beginning was the Word
I get the impression that people think choral societies are very serious organisations 😉. If you’d been at rehearsal last night, those illusions would have been shattered. Our wonderful musical director was inspiring and hysterically funny in equal measures, fine-tuning the breathtaking drama of Elijah by making us imagine it as an opera. We had particular fun being bullish, Baal-loving hordes and dreaming up ways to … Continue reading Elijah!
Anyone who has ever sung in our home venue, the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, will testify that it is a challenging experience! The acoustics of the venue can make it impossible to hear other voice parts – it demands full concentration from the first note to the last. Our pre-concert rehearsals are often a little fraught when our minds inevitably wonder or our heads sink … Continue reading A different kind of audience
Sorry it’s been a bit quiet on here – blame pressures of the day job and the build-up to our Summer Prom (follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more regular updates). To make up for it, here’s some background info on HCS – who we are, how we started and where we are heading: “Believed to be the oldest choral society in the … Continue reading About Halifax Choral Society
There are many things I love about singing with HCS, but possibly my favourite is the lead-up to a performance – when the rehearsals are going well, the pieces are constantly running through my mind and I can’t wait to be on stage and giving my best. For me, it’s a bit like the night before a big exam at medical school, when I’d revised … Continue reading Great trembling there will be when the Judge descends from Heaven…