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2017-2018 Concert Season

Harrogate Choral Society (HCS) warmly welcomes you to its 2017-2018 Season...and what an exciting Season we have in store!

Why not enter the dates of our concerts into your diary now?

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


Saturday 14 October 2017, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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A Gala Night of Opera

Sarah Fox Soprano
John Cunningham Bass-Baritone
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

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Featuring all the best bits from all the popular Operas, this concert has something for all the family, and with tickets at just 5 for under 16s and students we hope you will all come along. If you love Grand Opera and grand songs, performed to the highest possible level, you are certain to enjoy this musical evening. Harrogate Choral Society are delighted to be joined at the Royal Hall by internationally-renowned, but Yorkshire-born, Soprano Sarah Fox and Lancashire-born Bass-Baritone John Cunningham who performs all over the UK including regular appearances at the Royal Opera House in London. Just a few of the works in the concert are favourites such as Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore, Humming Chorus from Puccini's Madam Butterfly, Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi's Nabucco, Bridal Chorus from Wagner's Lohengrin and of course the fantastic Triumphal Scene from Verdi's Aida. John will be singing the Toreador song from Carmen and Figaro's aria Non Pui Andrai from The Marriage of Figaro. Sarah will be singing the beautiful Dido's Lament from Purcell's Dido and Aenea, Dove Sono from Marriage of Figaro and Puccini's magnificent Vissi D'arte from Puccini's Tosca. Together they will perform together to sing La Ci Darem La Mano from Mozart's Don Giovanni.

We are also launching a new initiative in our 2017-2018 season during which we will celebrate our 70th Year in 2018. We are partnering with a local charity for each concert and donating £1 for every ticket sold to that charity. Representatives from the charity will be at the concert and there will also be a bucket collection at the end. We are delighted to announce that our charity partner for this concert is Time Together, a Starbeck based Charity who have been offering opportunities and group activities for individuals and families affected by autism, Asperger’s and additional needs for 20 years.


Saturday 9 December 2017, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Handel Messiah

Bibi Heal Soprano
Emma Watkinson Mezzo Soprano
Luke Sinclair Tenor
Stuart Orme Bass
Manchester Camerata
Andrew Padmore Conductor

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Tickets are priced at 17 and 24 with 5 tickets available for students, under 16s and the unwaged.

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

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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 renowned as one of the greatest musical works ever produced and it wouldn't be Christmas in Harrogate without the opportunity to hear this great Oratorio - a form of music that contains dramatic lyrics like an opera, but which is staged as a concert without sets or acting. This year we will be joined by soloists Bibi Heal, Soprano; Emma Watkinson, Mezzo Soprano; Luke Sinclair, Tenor; and Stuart Orme, Bass. We will be accompanied by the renowned Manchester Camerata and conducted by the HCS Music Director Andrew Padmore.

Continuing our support of local charities we will be donating £1 for every ticket sold to Harrogate Easier Living Project who support older or vulnerable people locally to live independently. Amongst the many services they provide is a transport service of volunteer drivers taking people shopping and sometimes to concerts! Representative from HELP will be at the concert to raise awareness and there will be a bucket collection at the end of the concert.


Saturday 16 December 2017, 6.00pm
Harrogate Convention Centre
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The Harrogate Christmas Concert

Featuring
Harrogate Choral Society
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Children from local primary Schools
and a special guest!

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Tickets are 13, students half price, under 11s free (when accompanied by an adult)

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

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Saturday 10 March 2018, 7.30pm
The Royal Hall, Harrogate
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Mendelssohn Elijah

Samantha Hay Soprano
Gaynor Keeble Mezzo Soprano
Luke Sinclair Tenor
Alex Ashworth Bass Baritone
Amici Ensemble
Andrew Padmore Conductor

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Tickets are priced at 15 and 20 with 5 tickets available for students, under 16s and the unwaged.

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

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The great oratorio Elijah was popular at its premiere and has been frequently performed ever since. Its melodrama, easy appeal, powerful choruses, lyrical solos and outstanding orchestral sounds have provided the basis for countless successful performances. Elijah was one of the important Biblical prophets, who lived in the 9th Century BC during the times of King Ahab and his wicked queen Jezebel. Elijah is regarded by all faiths (Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze) as a healer, a miracle maker, and a great hero who stood against the might of Kings and false prophets. The composer Felix Mendelssohn was a precociously gifted child, so much so that the finest musicians of the day hailed him as a second Mozart. In 1836, at the age of 27, the idea if an oratorio based on the life of the Old Testament prophet, Elijah, particularly appealed to him but it was to be another ten years before it came to fruition in a work which uses biblical episodes relating to Elijah to produce intensely dramatic scenes. Harrogate Choral Society performed Elijah as the first concert of the formally formed Society in 1948. This concert, which celebrates our 70th Anniversary, will be the tenth time we have sung it and we are delighted to be joined by Samantha Hay, Soprano; Gaynor Keeble, Mezzo Soprano, Luke Sinclair, Tenor; and Alex Ashworth, Bass Baritone. We will be accompanied by the Amici Ensemble and conducted by Andrew Padmore.


Saturday 9 June 2018, 7.30pm
St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
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A Nightingale Sang

Thomas Moore Organist
Andrew Padmore Conductor

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Unreserved Ticketing for this concert priced at 10 with 5 tickets available for students, under 16s and the unwaged.

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

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Why such an English title for a concert of American Music?

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" was introduced by Judy Campbell in Eric Maschwitz's New Faces Revue in London in April, 1940. It quickly became a wartime favourite in Britain and, after Pearl Harbor, in the States owing to its powerful evocation of feelings of separation and longing for a happier time. The song was written in the same style as American popular songs from what later became known as The Great American Songbook, and it was sung and played by the many well-known American singers and bands. Such American recording artists as Glenn Miller, Guy Lombardo and Sammy Kaye made it popular and as a result it was brought to ‘Your Hit Parade’, a radio show listened to by millions of Americans every week. The song fitted so well the feelings and tastes of Americans that very quickly it was transformed into something American even though its imagery is so solidly English. It helped, of course, that the verse which opens with a reference to Mayfair, the London district where Berkeley Square is located, was dropped by almost all American singers!

The concert will include a wide variety of music which has either been composed by Americans or is loved by them. Works will include Bernstein – Chicester Psalms; My Country ‘tis of Thee; Battle Hymn of the Republic; works by Eric Whitacre; works by Morton Lauridsen and many more, including, of course, A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.

Harrogate Choral Society will be accompanied by Thomas Moore on organ and will be conducted by the choir’s Music Director Andrew Padmore.

 As most local residents will be aware St Wilfrid’s church does not currently have any heating and although we hope in the summer the temperature will be pleasant please bear this in mind when dressing for the concert, you might also wish to bring a cushion to make yourself a little more comfortable as this is a church and not a concert hall!