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2014-2015 Concert Season

Concert Programme brochure 2014-2015
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Harrogate Choral Society (HCS) warmly welcomes you to its 2014-2015 Season...and what a Season we have in store!

We launch our new concert programme in November 2014 with our In Remembrance concert, a programme of music in remembrance and tribute to all those who died in the two World Wars. As part of the festive season we will be performing the ever popular Handel's Messiah and joining with local school primary children and the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra for The Harrogate Christmas Concert. A highlight of our programme will be a Dvorak & Brahms concert in March 2015 which includes Dvorak's Te Deum and Brahms' Academic Festival Overture & Ein Deutsches Requiem. Our Season rounds off in June 2015 when we will be joined by Harrogate Ladies College Choir for a wonderful concert of All Things Bright & Beautiful which will include Carter's Magnificat and Rutter's Magnificat.

Download the 2014-2015 Concert Programme brochure (opposite) or view details below. Why not enter the dates of our concerts into your diary now?

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

Tickets for concerts in The Royal Hall and Harrogate International Centre are available from The Harrogate Box Office Tel: 01423 502116 - opening hours 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat - or online

Saturday 8 November 2014, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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In Remembrance

Elgar Spirit of England
Haydn Mass in Time of War

plus songs that won the wars for all to sing

Sarah Fox Soprano
Imogen Garner Mezzo Soprano
Tim Kennedy Tenor
Phil Wilcox Bass
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

In Remembrance flyer

"The singers were most careful about the text: not a nuance was missed, not a marking of Elgar's overlooked. The words and music became one. Majestic passages in For the Fallen were forcefully declaimed and the sorrow in To Women tenderly sketched. And through it all the solo soprano soared and spun her web. The rich orchestral colours were realized by the augmented Amici Ensemble, with unison horns, solo oboe and cello particularly telling."
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Saturday 6 December 2014, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Handel Messiah

Samantha Hay Soprano
Anna Huntley Contralto
Ben Thapa Tenor
Frederick Long Bass
Manchester Camerata
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Messiah flyer

"Harrogate Choral Society was excellent and very well prepared for this event and the tone throughout was remarkably even. The runs in some of the choruses, 'And he shall purify' as an example, were sung with great confidence and clarity even though the tempos chosen by the conductor were very brisk indeed. On the other hand, the chorus 'And with his stripes we are healed' was taken at a very deliberate tempo and with delicate shading allowing the parts to show through. The Tenor section of the society deserves special mention. Numerically small, the singers gave all they could and successfully maintained a good balance with the sopranos, altos and basses...This performance was indeed a wonderful opener to the Christmas season and we must thank Conductor Andrew Padmore for a sparkling evening of musical entertainment."
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Saturday 13 December 2014, 6.00pm
Harrogate International Centre
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The Harrogate Christmas Concert

Harrogate Choral Society
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
& local primary school children

Marilynne Davies & Bryan Western Conductors

HCC flyer

Saturday 14 March 2015, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem
Dvorak Te Deum

Sarah Power Soprano
Duncan Rock Bass
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Brahms & Dvorak flyer

"[Dvorak's Te Deum] provides ample opportunity for individual sections of the chorus to be heard unaccompanied by the rest and we could thus appreciate the strength of the Harrogate Society's different voices, not least the tenors. I have never heard them sing so brightly and with such confidence...For the Harrogate choir [Brahms Requiem] was hugely demanding. They were singing almost throughout and had to face the challenge of two long fugal passages, but they succeeded triumphantly. Carefully observing changes in dynamics and tempo, they were also able to communicate German concepts which lie at the heart of the work. While they might have made more of the second consonant in "Tod" (dead), their colouring of the word "selig" (blessed) was memorable, as was their rendering of the steady progression of the flesh towards dissolution."
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Saturday 27 June 2015, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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All Things Bright & Beautiful

Carter Magnificat
Rutter Magnificat

and other works

Harrogate Ladies College Choir
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Carter & Rutter flyer Download flyer (PDF 1MB) to email to family & friends

Tickets £24, £22, £20 & £17
Concessions: £1 reduction for senior citizens, unemployed & students, half price for under 16s and free for under 6s 

Tickets from The Harrogate Box Office: Tel 01423 502116 (opening hours 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat)

Book tickets online »

Harrogate Choral Society is excited at the opportunity to sing again works by John Rutter having had the once in a lifetime experience of singing his Requiem in his presence, a challenge to any choir to lift its performance! His Magnificat, like his other works, is beautifully written for the voice and superbly orchestrated. The Society is fortunate indeed to be joined once more by the experienced Amici Ensemble. It is fitting that the concert also includes Andrew Carter's Magnificat as he has so many local links through his musical education and his many compositions. As an additional bonus the Society is joined by the Harrogate Ladies College Choir, the presence of enthusiastic young voices always guaranteeing interest and support from loyal audiences. The conductor for this concert is the Society's enthusiastic music director Andrew Padmore.