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Introduction to Harrogate Choral Society

Our President and Principal Guest Conductor is Brian Kay, ex-Kings singer and well-known broadcaster. Under his baton we have performed Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Mass in B Minor. The Society's Vice-President is Jeffrey Wynn Davies who was also our Music Director for 14 years. We were recently honoured to enrol Terry Bramall as our Patron and we hope he will enjoy his association with us through a shared love of music.

Dr Andrew Padmore joined us as Music Director in September 2005 and we have since been enjoying lively and musically educational rehearsals under his leadership. These have proved to be stimulating, hard work but good fun. The Deputy Music Director is Marilynne Davies and the accompanist is Beryl Pankhurst.

The Society is managed by a committee, which is presently under the chairmanship of Peter Thompson.

We engage professional soloists for our concerts and we have been fortunate enough to be of help to Making Music Yorkshire (Serving Yorkshire & The Humber) by providing administrative support for their annual audition day which has, for the past few years, taken place in Harrogate. The aim of the event is to encourage emerging young singers by offering opportunities for them to sing at selected concerts.

For most of our concerts we are accompanied by professional orchestras, such as Manchester Camerata, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Amici Ensemble, The Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and the Band of the Royal Marines, Scotland.