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Catch the Choir in Heckmondwike and Cottingley

Pictured with Notability instrumentalists (l-r) Sheila Hardwick, Molly Austen, Stuart Rennie and Tony Dylak are Chordiality concert soloists (l-r) Clare Halliday with Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me, Liz Leonard with Lady Gaga’s Look What I Found (A Star Is Born) and Catherine Bolland and Jane Clark with A Born Like That from Bernstein’s West Side Story

 

AN outstanding performance saw Chordiality perfect its new programme, which was well-received by a much-appreciative audience at St Barnabas’s Church in Heaton – 7 July.

Tight and together throughout, the Choir got to grips with its varied programme displaying a broad dynamic range and attaining an enviable beauty of tone.

With the singers starting to excel in their American Tribute programme, particular stand-out pieces were Eric Whitacre’s Sleep, which gets better and better, and Billy Joel’s beautifully-moving And So It Goes, using an arrangement by The King’s Singers’s composer and tenor Bob Chilcott.

The American theme was also adopted by the Choir’s guest artists, wind and saxophone quartet Notability.  

In the two autumn concerts…
- Sunday 22 September (3pm) at Holy Spirit Church, Heckmondwike WF16 9EB

- Saturday 5 October (7.30pm) at St Mary’s and St Monica’s Church, Cottingley BD16 1SA

…Chordiality will welcome back flautist Rosie Walsh and will be looking to lift its performance to new heights.

“The current programme offers a different challenge for the choir,” says Music Director Peter Sherlock, “in that it continually introduces contrasting styles from the traditional theatre of Bernstein and Gershwin to the contemporary harmonies of Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and the likes of The King’s Singers.

“By exploring a variety of dynamics, adding more colour to our interpretation and phrasing and importantly, maintaining high energy levels, we will be looking to build again for our concerts in Heckmondwike and Cottingley.”

Tickets for either concert can be obtained from a choir member, by phoning 07949 696064 or can be purchased on the door.

 

From Halifax to Heaton – next concert St Barnabas's – Sunday 7 July

 

“It’s always good to engage a talented instrumental group to add a little magic to a concert,” said Chordiality’s Music Director Peter Sherlock, as a welcoming Halifax audience thrilled to the tribute programme of the music, musicians and composers of America at the Choir’s latest concert.

Chordiality were joined at St Mary’s RC Church in Halifax by guest artists, wind and saxophone quartet Notability, who, as well offering a number of solo numbers with a U.S. theme, accompanied the Choir in a number of pieces.

“They are extremely accomplished musicians and they particularly shone with the singers in I’m Beginning To See The Light,” said Peter, “though both ensembles complemented one another throughout.  I’m pleased to say that they will be joining us again at our next concert at St Barnabas’s RC Church in Heaton (Ashwell Road, Bradford BD9 4AU) – on Sunday 7 July at 2.30pm.

Beautifully accompanied by pianist Michael Nicholas, the Choir’s hard work rehearsing its new programme came together with a “focused” performance in a venue that offered a rich, warm acoustic and provided a distinct clarity of sound to each vocal section.

The Choir were also joined on the night by young singers from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, who, under the direction of teacher Lucy Appleyard, performed It’s A Gift To Be Simple before combining with Chordiality in A Million Dreams from The Greatest Showman.

A particular surprise for the schoolchildren was a solo by their Head Teacher and organiser of the concert, Mark Brennan, who gave a flawless performance with the introductory tenor solo in gospel piece, Rock-a My Soul.  Mark’s splendid singing will certainly have seen his street-cred rise to new heights in the playground.

Chordiality has been a regular visitor at St Barnabas’s Church in Heaton – again, a generous acoustic where a good choir can excel – and tickets for the concert (just £8) can be obtained from a choir member, by phoning 07949 696064 or on the door.

 

First performance of new programme at St Mary's, Halifax

Some tickets still available

 

On Saturday 15 June (7pm), Chordiality will perform its new programme of famous works by musicians and composers of America at St Mary’s Church, Gibbet Street, Halifax HX1 5DH.

On the evening, the singers will be joined by children from the St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Halifax and guest artists, wind and saxophone quartet Notability.

The children will be singing a traditional American folk piece, It’s A Gift To Be Simple.  Originally composed in 1848, the familiar tune was used by Aaron Copland in his score of Appalachian Springs, but many in the UK will remember it as the tune to the hymn Lord Of The Dance.

A highlight for the youngsters will be joining with Chordiality to sing A Million Dreams from the musical The Greatest Showman.

Swing, jazz, gospel and musicals will ring out throughout the programme and the Choir will be accompanied in a number of pieces by Notability,

The quartet comprises a group of talented musicians that come together for regular concerts, led and directed by Tony Dylak, who is a long-time friend of Chordiality. 

Tickets for concert can be obtained from a choir member or by phoning 07949 696064.  Next concert… Sunday 7 July (2:30pm) at St Barnabas Church, Heaton.

 

Chordiality donates £2,000 to its current adopted charity, the HALE Project

 

Pictured – HALE’s CEO Alistair McGregor receives the cheque from choir member, Jane Clark, who originally nominated the charity

Chordiality is delighted to be able to donate £2,000 to its current adopted charity, the HALE Project (Health Action Local Engagement).

The Shipley-based charity was chosen by Choir members as its adopted charity for the two-year period from 2017 to 2019.

HALE works with local people enabling them to make lifestyle changes to improve their health and wellbeing through a variety of programmes and activities.  It focuses on isolation, self-care, alcohol awareness, sexual health and nutrition.

The award-winning charity grew from humble beginnings in 2003 from a Healthy Living initiative, originally funded by the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund, to establish a five-year programme in the Shipley area to offer solutions to health inequalities.

At the end of the five-year period and with no further funding available, HALE had to become self-sustainable to survive.  The charity that exists today was formed and from a small office with just four staff, HALE has grown into a successful operation with over 25 part-time staff and over 70 volunteers and today over 6,000 people engage with its services.

HALE stands by its mission to ‘improve people’s health where there is the greatest need’.  It works with all ages and backgrounds and prides itself on having a skilled team of community health workers who understand how to make a difference to people’s health and wellbeing.

The charity’s services are in growing demand with referrals from GPs, social workers, psychiatric nurses, schools and the police, but bidding for service funds is a continual challenge.

HALE’s CEO Alistair McGregor was delighted to receive the donation: "I would like to thank the members of Chordiality for this money.  Everything we receive is either from funders or organisations like Chordiality and donations such as this mean that we can continue to offer the services that we currently provide to the many people who need our support."

  • More information about the services that the HALE Project provides can be found on its website.
 

"I like to be in America" – Chordiality visits Uncle Sam

 

Chordiality heads ‘West’ for its June and July concerts in a brand new tribute programme to the music, musicians and composers of the USA.

Swing, jazz, gospel and big-style American ballads will ring out throughout the programme for the concerts in Halifax and Heaton.

  • Saturday 15 June, 7.30pm – St Mary’s Church, Gibbet Street, Halifax HX1 5DH
  • Sunday 7 July, 2.30pm – St Barnabas Church, Heaton, Bradford BD9 4AU
  • Saturday 5 October, 7.30 pm – St Mary’s & St Monica’s Church, Cottingley BD16 1SA

Jazz and swing numbers have always been favourites with the singers and many popular pieces will see a return for this programme.

Medleys by George and Ira Gershwin will be accompanied by a selection from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and will feature alongside a King’s Singers arrangement of Billy Joel’s ballad And So It Goes and the Duke Ellington classics I’m Beginning To See The Light and It Don’t Mean A Thing.

The Choir will also revisit the sublime work of composer Morten Lauridsen in his piece Sure On This Shining Night, from a poem by James Agee which Lauridsen threads into his Nocturnes triptych setting.

“We’ve sung a number of pieces by Lauridsen, most notably O Magnum Mysterium in our recent Christmas concerts to much acclaim,” said Peter.  “His works are very moving, beautifully expressive and offer a fantastic opportunity for the Choir to show off its control and interpretation.

Chordiality is pleased to announce that it will welcome again wind and saxophone quartet, Notability, to perform at the coming concerts.  The band last joined with the Choir in 2016.  The quintet comprises a group of talented musicians that come together for regular concerts, led and directed by Tony Dylak, who is a long-time friend of Chordiality. 

  • Tickets for all concerts can be obtained from a choir member or by phoning 07949 696064.
 

Classics in Cleckheaton and Christmas beckons

 

Chordiality once again delivered a superb performance in its concert at St John the Evangelist Church in Cleckheaton.

The concert, to help raise funds for roof repairs, welcomed an appreciative audience who enjoyed a varied programme of popular classical and contemporary pieces. £400 was raised on the day.

Following the success of the Choir’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass - sung as part of Chordiality’s Silver Jubilee Concert in July at Bradford Cathedral - that a selection from the Requiem was reprised for the Cleckheaton programme. The Mozart collection included the opening Introitus and Kyrie, the quartet from the Benedictus and famous Lacrimosa.

Music Director Peter Sherlock praised the singers for the high standard that they had achieved throughout the concert, but particularly in the Requiem and in their controlled delivery of Brahms's How Lovely Are Thy Dwellings and in the quodlibet I Believe matched with Bach/Gounod’s Ave Maria.

The Choir were joined on the night by soloists, flautist Rosie Walsh and organist Michael Nicholas, who also accompanied the Choir on piano.

Christmas concerts in Keighley and Bradford

 

Alongside the Choir’s annual festive concert at Our Lady and First Martyrs RC Church (Heights Lane, Bradford BD9 6HZ) – Sunday 23 December – you can also catch the Choir a week earlier at St Joseph’s RC Church (Queen’s Road, Keighley BD21 1AT) – Sunday 16 December.

The seasonal programme this year will include And The Glory Of The Lord from Handel’s Messiah, Morton Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium and Pachelbel’s The First Noel. New pieces include Mack Wilberg’s Ding! Dong! Merrily On High and James Whitbourn’s The Magi’s Dream, both made famous by the singers of King’s College Cambridge, and God Bless Us Everyone from Disney’s A Christmas Carol, which featured celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli. The concerts will be interspersed with seasonal readings and well-known carols.

  • Tickets for either Christmas concert, which include seasonal refreshments, and can be obtained from a choir member or by phoning 07949 696064.
 

Requiem resounds as singers excel at Silver Jubilee concert

 

A full Bradford Cathedral thrilled to a polished, exciting performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Choir's summer concert.

The Requiem climaxed a programme of popular choral and orchestral favourites at a concert to mark the Choir's 25th anniversary. Over £400 was also raised for Chordiality's present adopted charity, the HALE Project.

Chordiality were joined by a full orchestra, comprising musicians who had performed with the Choir at recent engagements.

The Choir would like to thank Sally Robinson, Director of the Lydian String Quartet, who led the orchestra and Tony Dylak, leader of wind quintet Notability, who arranged some of the music for the day and performed on the night. Thanks also to guest soloists, flautist Rosie Walsh and organist Tom Leech, who also accompanied the singers from piano.

The programme opened with popular choral numbers and a special arrangement of Henry VIII's Pastime With Good Company, which was one of the pieces that the Choir performed at its first outing 25 years ago.

The opening selection also included instrumental spots by various ensembles from the orchestra. After the break, the programme was devoted to the Requiem.

"The Choir achieved a consistently high standard throughout the evening," said Chordiality's Music Director Peter Sherlock. "It was definitely one of our best performances to date.

"The Cathedral offers a good and generous acoustic and both singers and orchestra excelled. The beautiful summer weather brought out the crowds and our audience filled the church with numbers of over 320.

"It was a truly splendid occasion to mark our anniversary and we also raised a lot of money for our current adopted charity, the HALE Project."