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2015-2016 Concert Season

Harrogate Choral Society (HCS) warmly welcomes you to its 2015-2016 Season...and what an exciting Season we have in store!

We launch our new concert programme on 31 October 2015 in The Royal Hall, Harrogate, with the award winning violinist William Dutton playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and the choir singing Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony. In December we travel to St Aidan's Church in Leeds for our annual Messiah on 5 December 2015 - an adventure for both the choir and some new audience members. On 12 March 2016 we are in Ripon Cathedral for our performance of Bach's St John Passion. Our Season rounds off on 11 June 2016 with us joining forces with the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir - singing as Yorkshire Voices - in Leeds Town Hall with a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis.

Why not enter the dates of our concerts into your diary now?

Coach travel to the concerts in Leeds and Ripon is being provided for both choir and audience. Further information is available from

Thank you for your past support. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our performances this season.

Saturday 31 October 2015, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Claire Rutter Soprano
Stephen Gadd Baritone
William Dutton Violin Soloist
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Sea Symphony flyer

"It is a testimony to all concerned that, notwithstanding [the problem of acoustics at the Royal Hall], the performance was so good. The work itself is wonderful, RVW turning Walt Whitman's poetry into a massive sound picture. The choir demonstrated again their quality, with sharpness of attack, fullness of tone, and delicacy in the quieter passages. Full marks, in particular, to the semi-chorus for their accompaniment to the baritone solo in the second movement...Given the prominence of the orchestral sound, thankfully the members of the Amici Ensemble were in very good form, perhaps the best I have ever heard from them."
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Saturday 5 December 2015, 7.30pm
St Aidan's Church, Leeds
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Handel Messiah

Sarah Power Soprano
Hannah Mason Mezzo Soprano
Trystan Llyr Griffiths Tenor
Andrew Mahon Bass
Daniel Justin Organist
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Messiah flyer

"This year, Harrogate Choral Society, under its Musical Director Andrew Padmore, journeyed out to St Aidan's Church, Harehills to deliver this year's performance of the great oratorio, Messiah by G.F. Handel. For an event such as this, one would expect a fair sized audience to greet a visiting choral society but, on this occasion and to the delight of everyone involved, this enormous, church was packed to capacity...Harrogate Choral Society sang their hearts out throughout the evening. This was a wonderful evening, well sung and accompanied and very well directed by Andrew Padmore. This was a splendid evening and an undoubted success."
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Saturday 12 December 2015, 6.00pm
Harrogate International Centre
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The Harrogate Christmas Concert

Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Harrogate Choral Society
Over 300 children from local primary schools

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Saturday 12 March 2016, 7.30pm
Ripon Cathedral
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Bach St John Passion

Gwilym Bowen Evangelist
Harry Hawkesworth Christus
Bethany Seymour Soprano
Robert Ogden Counter Tenor
Stephen Newlove Tenor
Ben Davies Bass
Organist Thomas Moore
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

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"The audience at Ripon Cathedral on Saturday, March 12 were treated to a magnificent rendering of J.S.Bach's St John Passion, given by the Harrogate Choral Society, directed by Andrew Padmore...Pride of place, though, must go to the chorus. Throughout the work, they must undertake rapid 'costume changes'; they must convey awe and majesty in a monumental opening chorus and then immediately change into confused but aggressive mobsters about to get their hands on Jesus and then, yet again, into reflective mood for the marvellous sequence of chorales in Bach's incomparable harmonisations - pieces of great power and emotional impact for both performers and listeners alike, clearly the case for the singers at Ripon."
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Saturday 11 June 2016, 7.00pm
Leeds Town Hall
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Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Harrogate Choral Society and Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir singing as Yorkshire Voices

Sarah Fox Soprano
Melanie Marshall Mezzo
Ben Thapa Tenor
David Soar Bass
Manchester Camerata
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Missa Solemnis flyer

After a gap of six years, Yorkshire Voices return to Leeds Town Hall to present the choral tour de force which is Beethoven's Missa Solemnis. The aim of this musical partnership between Harrogate Choral Society and the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, both fine choirs in their own right, is to showcase works that are seldom performed because the musical resources required are often beyond that available to a single society. Missa Solemnis has not been performed in Leeds for several years, so here is a rare opportunity to experience what is generally considered as one of the composer's supreme achievements.