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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

Harrogate Choral Society under its dynamic music director, Andrew Padmore, is looking forward to this concert when they will be joined by award winning local violinist William Dutton. William, who has been playing the violin since he was 4 years old, was a finalist in the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year and winner of the strings section. He was also BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year in 2006.

Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, is his last large orchestral work. It forms an important part of the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and frequently performed violin concertos of all time.

By contrast A Sea Symphony, a piece for orchestra and chorus, was Ralph Vaughan Williams' first symphony. It was written between 1903 and 1909 and was first performed at the Leeds Festival in 1910, with the composer conducting. The choir will be joined by the renowned Claire Rutter, Soprano, and Stephen Gadd, Baritone, and the orchestra for the evening is the well known Amici Ensemble.

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

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Tickets £10
£5 for students and under 16s

Tickets from The Harrogate Box Office: Tel 01423 502116 (opening hours 10am to 5pm Mon to Sat) or from the HCS Ticket Team: email Tickets also available on the door on the night.

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Coach tickets for audience members from Harrogate to St Aidan's Church in Leeds and back are available for just 6. Contact for more information.

There are many works of classical music that are known to the general public. The Hallelujah chorus from Handel's Messiah is possibly one of the most famous pieces of music ever written, even though it comprises only about one percent of the length of the total work.

Messiah is an Oratorio - a form of music that contain dramatic lyrics like an opera, but which is staged as a concert without sets or acting. The libretto tells the story of God who loves his people so much that he sends a Messiah to redeem them. Regardless of religious background or ideals, Messiah is renowned as one of the greatest musical works ever produced.

In an exciting new setting in Leeds the choir will be joined by soloists Sarah Power, Soprano; Hannah Mason, Mezzo Soprano; Trystan Llyr Griffiths, Tenor; and Andrew Mahon Bass. It will be accompanied by Daniel Justin on the organ and conducted by Andrew Padmore.

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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Tickets £13
Concessions: Students, half price; under 11s free

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

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A programme of traditional Christmas favourites with Harrogate Choral Society and choirs from schools in Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding villages. Plus special secret guest appearance.

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

Bethany Seymour Soprano
Robert Ogden Counter Tenor
Gwilym Bowen Evangelist
Harry Hawkesworth Christus
Organist to be confirmed
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Tickets £20, £18
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)

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Combining raw intensity with moments of exquisite intimacy, the St John Passion was written soon after Bach's arrival as Kantor at Leipzig's Nikolaikirche. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a new setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known. The drama of this remarkable work will be brought to life in the beautiful setting of Ripon Cathedral.

The Harrogate Choral Society will be accompanied by the Amici Ensemble and conducted by Andrew Padmore.

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

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Tickets £12.50 to £33.50

Tickets from City Centre Box Office, The Carriageworks, Leeds
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