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. 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.
The post of HCS Music Director is currently vacant and will be advertised in 2021. The most recent postholder Dr Andrew Padmore joined us in September 2005 and we enjoyed many lively and musically educational rehearsals under his leadership. Our Deputy Music Directors are Marilynne Davies and Thomas Moore, the latter also being our principal Accompanist. We are most fortunate to work with both these excellent musicians and also to have Christine Alp, another accomplished musician, as Deputy Accompanist.
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 from 14 to 18 years who are our Halcyon singers. They are an integral part of the HCS Family and rehearse with HCS on Wednesday evenings. As well as singing as members of the Choral Society they are given opportunities to sing in semi-choruses and with Beati at places like Harewood House.
There are also two other choral groups; Beati and the Harrogate Polyphonic choir.
Beati This is a smaller group of ten 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.
The Harrogate Polyphonic Choir The HPC is an ad hoc group made up of members of Harrogate Choral Society who come together to sing, when asked, 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.
To learn more about the history of the society, please visit our History page.