HCS are a high quality, mixed voice, open age choir, that perform a variety of concerts in the Harrogate area. We are open to new members of with or without prior singing experience, who want to perform with a leading choir. If you're interested in joining HCS, please visit our new members page.
An Introduction to Harrogate Choral Society
Our President and Principal Guest Conductor is Brian Kay, ex-Kings singer and well-known broadcaster. Under his baton we have performed Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Mass in B Minor. The Society's Vice-President is Jeffrey Wynn Davies who was also our Music Director for 14 years. We were recently honoured to enrol Terry Bramall as our Patron and we hope he will enjoy his association with us through a shared love of music.
Dr Andrew Padmore joined us as Music Director in September 2005 and we have since been enjoying lively and musically educational rehearsals under his leadership. These have proved to be stimulating, hard work but good fun. The Deputy Music Director is Marilynne Davies and the accompanist is Beryl Pankhurst.
For many years we were delighted to be of help to Making Music Yorkshire by providing administrative support for their annual audition day which took place in Harrogate and provided an opportunity for emerging young singers to showcase their singing with a view to future engagements with local music societies. Within the Harrogate Choral Society there are three choral groups; The Halcyon Singers, a group of young singers who sing with the Choral Society and as a separate entity, Beati, who are a group of 10 female voices and give concerts for charity, and the Harrogate Polyphonic choir, which is a chamber choir who, as well as Beati are available to sing at weddings, corporate events and special functions.
The Harrogate Polyphonic Choir The Harrogate Polyphonic Choir, comprising about 50 singers, is made up of members of Harrogate Choral Society who come together to sing for special events and functions. They are known for their performances at weddings, all of which are bespoke and tailored to suit the wishes of the particular bride and groom. In recent years they have been the major provider of Christmas Music at the candlelit dinners held in the Imperial Room at Betty's in Harrogate. The Polyphonic Choir has also given concerts to raise money for charity. This is an opportunity to perform their wide repertoire and also to provide a platform for young aspiring musicians to perform with them. In the past the Choir has supported Dr Grahams Schools in India as well as local charities.
Halycon The Halcyon Singers are an integral part of the HCS family. The young persons choir (for singers aged 11 to 18) was launched in September 2015, with guest conductor John Rutter helping to make the day a not-to-be-forgotten experience. The singers now rehearse with the adult choir on Wednesday evenings.
Beati From within the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir there is an smaller group of female voices – Beati. This group also sing at various functions and their repertoire ranges from madrigals to songs from the shows.
To learn more about the history of the society, please visit our History page.