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From the street to jail – What an autumn season !

We started the 2016/17 season singing on Briggate, progressed through remembrance day at the Armouries with hymns and a bit of The Armed Man.  They want us back for another concert soon.  On to the Minster for Psalms and Joy from Imogen Holst, and Duruflé’s Requiem.  A bit of busking at the station for charity…

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Sun, Rain and Midges

Our penultimate concert of the 2015-16 season was a great success despite the attempts by the weather to put a dampner on things.  We chose to think the rumbles of thunder during the afternoons rehearsal were good omens and it did remain largely dry at Bolton Abbey for the evening concert and was nice in…

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Creative spirits in Leeds – Mahler 8th

Absolutely stunning and exhausting.  I think we all experienced the highs and lows of the Mahler concert.  Wondering if we were ever going to tie all the parts together with the other choirs, and then marvelling at the sound when they did. David was very patient with us and I think produced a fantastic performance. …

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Two Amazing Concerts

Well despite worries over ticket sales we actually had a full cathedral for the Rachmaninov Vespers.  It was the perfect venue for such a piece, with the lovely acoustics adding to the haunting melodies.  The interspersion of the choral work with the Mozart cello pieces worked really well. Then we sang with the Leeds city…

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Two extra concerts

The Phil has been delighted to accept an invitation from Leeds to sing in two extra concerts this year. The first in March is a collaboration with the city of Leeds Youth Orchestra under the baton of Dougie Scarfe and members of other choirs to sing William Walton’s Henry V. The second comes along at…

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Ice, Snow and a Cracking Mozart

Winter hit over the weekend with significant snow showers over the high ground and bitter frosts.  However that did not stop a good audience turning out for our first main concert of the 2015-16 season. Under the baton of Grant Llewellyn and accompanied by the Manchester Camerata we opened with Splendente te. Short but punchy….

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Joy and sunshine for Jack

Our beloved tenor – Jack Parkes was ordained as a deacon on the 4th July 2015 at Ripon Cathedral, and will be a new Curate, to the Benefice of Cleckheaton.  Jack will work across the three churches there. To show our friendship and support, a good proportion of the choir turned up for his first service on…

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Last Beethoven !

Well it is Sunday and so we are getting ready for our third performance of Beethoven 9th Choral Symphony with the fantastic Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Leeds and Middlesbrough went down really well, and so all those top A’s were worth it – apparently there are 75 in 18 minutes.  Somebody counted them. This time we…

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Chorus at full throttle

Well we are into the new year, and still rolling high from a fantastic concert last Saturday where we performed with the BBC Philharmonic and the Leeds Cathedral Choir.  The kids were very good if a little over awed, looking very smart in their uniforms.  Some were so small they had to stand on an…

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December Messiah and Carols

December is always a busy time for the Phil and this year has been no exception, having already completed a tour to Belfast and performed in three concerts just the month before. We teamed up with Florilegium, a fantastic and very friendly baroque orchestra to perform Messiah with a difference – much more like it…