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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 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 »
Sarah Fox
HCS' new ambassador, international soprano Sarah Fox

In the year that sees the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 70th Anniversary of the D Day landings, which led to the end of World War Two, HCS, with the Amici Ensemble, will add their own tribute with a concert of remembrance and tribute to all those who lost their lives. Yorkshire born highly acclaimed soprano Sarah Fox, who is also HCS' new ambassador, will continue her long association with HCS in this concert, featuring throughout.

The first work to be performed will be Haydn's Mass in Time of War in C major which was composed in 1796. The title refers to the disastrous war the Emperor of Austria was waging against the French, and in which the young Napoleon Bonaparte was winning victory after victory. The Mass acquired the nickname Paukenmesse (Drum Mass) because of the menacing drum strokes in the Agnus Dei. Haydn's work concludes which what is often described as the anxious and desperate final prayer which gives impressions of conflict to come. The second piece, Elgar's The Spirit of England, builds on this theme as it is seen as his version of a war requiem which he dedicated to 'the memory of our glorious men with a special thought for the Worcesters' in 1915, at the suggestion of his friend Sir Sidney Colvin.

To end the concert and to highlight the importance of music in both world wars Sarah Fox will lead the Choir and Orchestra in 'Songs that won the wars' in which audience participation is actively encouraged!


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

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 »

Messiah is one of the Christian world's most highly esteemed and popular works ever. It is almost like an 18th century musical which contains so many hummable tunes, rousing choruses, memorable moments and virtuoso arias that it can be appreciated on many levels. In their annual performance of this outstanding work, Harrogate Choral Society will once again be joined by the acclaimed Manchester Camerata. Alongside the Choir will be a wealth of talented soloists. Samantha Hay, Soprano will return to the Royal Hall after the Harrogate Advertiser described her "gentle and entrancing tones" when she joined Harrogate Choral Society for their 2010 performance of the Messiah. Also reprising their roles will be Ben Thapa, Tenor and Frederick Long, Bass who both received great critical acclaim in their 2012 performance. New to the Harrogate audience, Anna Huntley, Contralto, will make up the quartet. The Guardian has described Anna as "a fast rising British talent" and she comes with a strong pedigree having won the Michael Oliver Prize in the London Handel Singing Competition.


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


Tickets £12 adult, £6 student, free for under 11s

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

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

Sarah Power Soprano
Duncan Rock Bass
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

Brahms & Dvorak flyer

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)

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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

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)

Tickets not yet on sale