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Richard Wilberforce

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…

Choir Master News

The new season is underway and already we have some exciting news.  Richard Wilberforce – our current choir master, has been offered an important career opportunity by the Cambridge University.  The Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Symphony Chorus has invited him to conduct a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Saturday 25th November.  He…

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…

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. …

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…

Coffee, cakes and some new singers too

Well the 2014 – 2015 Season has started well for what will be a very busy year with 11 performances of 9 main works, some of which we will be performing in Belfast in a quick tour in November.  See our new season brochure for all the details. Preparations are well in hand for both…

World premiere of two new carols..

Christmas well and truly started last night with the double bill annual Lord Mayor’s Carol concerts in conjunction with the Rothwell Temperance Band.  Everybody enjoyed a good sing along with two full houses.  The Phil premiered two new carols, both written for the choir.  The Dawn Carol, an arrangement of Walter de la Mare’s poem…

New season starts with a bang

Well, the new season started off with loads of energy and enthusiasm from our new chorus master – Richard Wilberforce.  I certainly felt we had worked throughout the evening.  It was also nice to see all the returning friends and colleagues, and a good smattering of new faces – I hope you choose to stay…

Richard Wilberforce appointed as the Phil’s new chorusmaster

After a successful year of running under their interim chorus master Darius Battiwalla, and after a highly competitive round of auditions in the spring, the Phil are happy to announce that Richard will be their new chorus master starting in the 2013-14 season. Richard says I’m very excited to be taking on this illustrious and…