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 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-Presidents are Jeffrey Wynn Davies who was also our Music Director for 14 years and Peter Thompson who was Chairman for 18 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. We are most fortunate to have Tom Moore, Organist at Wakefield Cathedral as our accompanist, and also Christine Alp as his deputy.
The Society is managed by a committee which is presently under the co-Chairmanship of Paul Jackson and Amy Wall.
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 we support young voices aged under 18 years who are our Halcyon singers. There are also two other choral groups; Beati, who are a group of ten 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 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. They have in recent years provided Christmas Music at the candlelit dinners held in the Imperial Room at Betty's in Harrogate.
Halycon Singers The Halcyon Singers are an integral part of the HCS Family. They sing as members of the Choral Society and are given opportunities to sing in semichoruses and with Beati at places like Harewood House. There are opportunities for the development of the voice and to participate in appropriate Summer Schools and Courses. Halcyon members of the Choral Society are aged from 14 - 18 and rehearse with HCS on Wednesday evenings. This is an excellent opportunity for young singers.
Beati This is a smaller group of female voices who sing at various functions. Their repertoire ranges from madrigals to songs from the shows. They perform at least two concerts per year which raise funds for local charities. These concerts provide an opportunity to perform their wide repertoire and also to provide a platform for young aspiring musicians to perform with them.
To learn more about the history of the society, please visit our History page.