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Concert Programme brochure 2013-2014
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Harrogate Choral Society warmly welcomes you to its 2013-2014 Season...and what a Season we have in store!

We launch our new concert programme in November 2013 with Finzi Clarinet Concerto & Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice and Fauré Requiem, for which we will be joined by internationally acclaimed clarinettist Emma Johnson. As part of the festive season we will be performing the ever popular Handel Messiah and joining with local school children and the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra for the Family Christmas Concert. A highlight of our programme will be Bach Mass in B Minor, described as the greatest piece of music of all times and all people. Our Season rounds off in June 2014 when we will be presenting Yorkshire's Finest with The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.

Download the 2013-2014 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 Harrogate Box Office Tel: 01423 502116 - opening hours 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat - or online

Saturday 2 November 2013, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Finzi Clarinet Concerto
with Emma Johnson

Finzi Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice
Fauré Requiem

Christina Jones Soprano
Phil Wilcox Baritone

Manchester Camerata

Andrew Padmore Conductor

Finzi and Faure flyer

"The choral society were on very good form, the tenors, numerically few deserving a special mention for their accuracy and pleasant, unforced tone...The performance by the choir showed signs of excellent preparation; they were alert, obviously eager to deliver this work and together with the excellent playing of The Manchester Camerata delivered Finzi's composition with a great sense of sensitivity and devotion...Using quite large orchestral forces, Andrew Padmore kept a tight control over both the dynamics and the phrasing, whilst the chorus sang most effectively, well in tune and singing with a warm breadth of tone."
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Saturday 7 December 2013, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Handel Messiah

Teuta Koço Soprano
Lynda-Jane Nelson Contralto
Bo Wang Tenor
Stephen Gadd Bass

Manchester Camerata

Andrew Padmore Conductor

Messiah flyer

"The chorus were full of vitality, singing with verve and with good enunciation. From the gentler Since by man through the graceful O thou that tellest and the noble And with his stripes to the brilliant For unto us a child is born they sang with passion and meaning. This was largely due to the conductor Andrew Padmore who took a different approach to Handel than most with great care and attention. Each voice was given shape and care in its preparation, the end result being that the choruses had much more relevance to the meaning of the work as a whole."
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Saturday 14 December 2013, 7.00pm
Harrogate International Centre
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Family Christmas Concert

Harrogate Choral Society
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
& local primary school children

Marilynne Davies & Bryan Western Conductors

Family Christmas Concert flyer

A programme of traditional Christmas favourites from Harrogate Choral Society, Harrogate Symphony Orchestra and choirs from schools in Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding villages

Saturday 29 March 2014, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Bach Mass in B Minor

Robyn Allegra Parton Soprano
Lynda-Jane Nelson Contralto
Gwilym Bowen Tenor
Ben Davies Bass

Amici Ensemble

Andrew Padmore Conductor

Bach flyer

"[The chorus] rose stoutly to the demands and though one could sense that they were in places strained with some loss of quality in tone, the performance was a resounding success because it was so convincing as musical interpretation...A word of praise finally for the male sections of the choir. While as usual heavily outnumbered by their female colleagues, they sang with strength and confidence. The conductor Andrew Padmore exerted masterly control over the many pages of difficult counterpoint, the long-held notes in Qui Tollis and the tricky changes of tempo in the last section of the Credo...All in all, a memorable performance."
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Saturday 14 June 2014, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Yorkshire's Finest

Harrogate Choral Society
The Brighouse and Rastrick
Brass Band

Brighouse and Rastrick flyer
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Tickets £17 to £24
Concessions: £1 reduction for seniors and students, half price for under 16s and free for under 6s when accompanied by a paying adult. 

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

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A programme of well-loved Italian opera choruses and songs, British folk and other songs, Chilcott's A Little Jazz Mass and last night of the proms favourites.