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Come and join us or watch us for the 2019-20 Season

Goodbye Rudi

The new choir season started on the 5th September, and we settled into learning Elgar’s The Kingdom. We welcomed new members and then marked a special occasion. After 50 years of singing service to the choir, at the ripe age of 93, Rudi Leavor had decided to step down. As a child Rudi was fortunately…

A Dream Season Finale

It is the end of the 2018/19 season and we brought it to a close with an epic production of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. In a LICS production we joined with the Leeds Festival Chorus and St Peter’s Singers on an extremely hot day to perform this very moving work. Simon Wright led us and…

Despite the weather

The wind howled, and the rain was biblical – perhaps appropriate, but we all got to the Town Hall and performed a truly epic rendition of DVOŘÁK’s STABAT MATER on Saturday (16th March). Despite the tremendous sadness that inspired the work, it is a truly glorious piece to sing. The audience was a bit reduced…

David Hill MBE

The Phil is delighted to announce that their Music Director has been awarded an MBE in this years New Years Honours for services to music. Congratulations 2019 looks set to be a good year.

Joe’s Debut

Sunday 21st October. It was a bright chilly day, we had rehearsed hard in the morning, grabbed lunch and now were in full swing in a wonderful afternoon concert with the Airedale Symphony Orchestra in a joint programme to commemorate the end of WW1. It was our first concert of the 2018/19 season and the…

Congratulations David

We are delighted to announce the recent appointment of our music director David Hill as International Chair in Choral Conducting by the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) David is our Musical Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Society, Musical Director of the Bach Choir, Principal Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum, and Associate Guest Conductor of the Bournemouth…

End of an era – RIP Donald Hunt

Dr Donald Hunt OBE, a musician who attained equal distinction as Choirmaster, Conductor, Composer, Organist, Author and Elgar specialist, died peacefully at his home in Worcester on Saturday 4 August 2018 after a short illness. He was with the “Phil” as Chorus Master and Associate Conductor between 1961 and 1975, when he moved to Worcester…

Farewell Richard

It was a beautiful sunny day at Bolton Abbey, The Priory Church, and we gathered to rehearse and perform our last concert of the season featuring Parry’s – Songs of Farewell.  Little did we know at the time of planning it that the title would be particularly poignant.  Due to the excellent new lighting system…

We damned Faust

May the 12th, the weather improved and we all put out a good rendition of the Damnation of Faust.  Despite the difficulty of singing in French after just working in German and Latin for the previous concerts we all cracked it and the men of the choruses were magnificent.  All the rehearsal effort was worth…

It’s Sunny and Glorious Mahler 2

Well, what a fabulous collaboration with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and our fellow singers in the Sheffield Phil. We have been blessed with some of the nicest weather of the year so far, blue sky and sunshine which always lifts the soul.  Then what an orchestra !  It could have turned into a mundane repetition…