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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."

 

Choir to sing Mozart's Requiem at Silver Jubilee Concert

Saturday 7 July at Bradford Cathedral with orchestra " tickets now available

Tickets are now on sale for the Choir's Silver Jubilee concert - at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday 7 July at 7.30pm - when the audience will hear Mozart's famous Requiem Mass in D minor and popular choral favourites from Haydn's The Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Brahms's sublime How Beautiful Are Thy Dwellings from the composer's A German Requiem.

The 25th Anniversary Concert will raise funds for Chordiality's adopted charity HALE and mark the 25 years since the Choir first took to the stage in 1993.

From those humble beginnings of the first outing at Daisy Hill Chapel at Girlington, Chordiality now has a growing reputation as one of the premier choirs in West Yorkshire with a vocal complement of nearly 40 voices.

On the day, the orchestra will be comprised of friends and guest musicians who have joined with or accompanied the Choir at concerts over recent years.

"The orchestra has been formed to represent the size of ensemble and instruments, including basset horns, which Mozart intended to use in the Requiem, the first performance of which took place two years after his death," says Chordiality's MD and founder Peter Sherlock, who will conduct the choir and orchestra on the night.

This is the second time that Chordiality have performed the piece, which is a favourite of Peter's: "It must be one of the top choral works, purely for its strength and musicianship. I adore the Kyrie and Domine Jesu for the sheer energy and the forward movement in the music, lots of rhythm and vitality.

"We sang the Kyrie and Lacrimosa at our recent concert in Barnoldswick to a tremendous ovation from the audience. The Choir was singing with a controlled strength and there was a real intensity of sound and musical interpretation. This will be even more enhanced with the orchestra and acoustics of the Cathedral."

  • Tickets for the Silver Jubilee concert are just £15, which includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink, and can be obtained from a choir member or by phoning 07949 696064.
 

Pastures new with old friends

St Joseph's Church, Barnoldswick " Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm start

Chordiality's first concert of its 25th anniversary year will see the singers travel to Barnoldswick for a performance at St Joseph's Church (Gisburn Road) on Saturday 21 April at 7.30pm.

The Choir will again be joined by the Bradford-based Lydian String Quartet, led by Sally Robinson. The quartet has been a guest of the Choir at a number of recent concerts and alongside its own repertoire the quartet and choir will unite for a number of pieces on the night.

The invitation from St Joseph's came from Canon Kevin Firth, who previously invited Chordiality to perform when he was resident at Sacred Heart and St Patrick's Catholic Church in Sowerby Bridge. The visit to Barnoldswick, or Barlick as it's known locally, will be the Choir's first.

St Joseph's Church is known for its beautiful acoustics and ornate Flemish-style interior, which was introduced when it was built in 1929 under the direction of its first priest, Dutchman Fr Theodore Van Woerkem. The church boasts a reproduction gothic high altar, copied from a 15th century design in Brussels, and the Stations of the Cross are modelled on the 15th century originals in Antwerp Cathedral.

The Choir and quartet will be performing pieces by J.S. Bach and excerpts from Mozart's famous Requiem Mass " to be performed in full at the Bradford Cathedral in July. The programme will also include contemporary numbers Let The River Run from the film Working Girl, Benny Goodman's Sing, Sing, Sing and patriotic classic Anthem, from the musical Chess, and the climatic American Trilogy.

Proceeds from the concert will go towards the restoration of the church.

  • Tickets are £5 and can be reserved at 01282 812204 or purchased on the door.
 

Silver Jubilee celebrated with Cathedral Concert

Current singers who sang in the Choir's first concert in 1993 - Pictured with founder and MD Peter Sherlock (centre), tenor Steve Cook (left) and bass Aidan Bolland (right) are (left to right) sopranos Barbara Peace, Jane Clark, Christine Fozard and Josephine Kennedy and altos Jenny Clark, Carmel Dylak, Anne Copley and Susan Holroyd.

In 1993, with just over a dozen voices, this small choir, founded by Peter Sherlock, took to the platform at its first concert at Daisy Hill Chapel, Girlington, under his direction. Over a hundred concerts later, the Choir welcomes 2018 and plans are already under way to celebrate its 25th year together.

With Peter still at the helm as musical director, Chordiality now enjoys a complement of nearly 40 singers and, remarkably, 10 of today's members sang at that first concert.

Such was the new choir's popularity, 25 years ago, that within a year many others had joined and many of them are still with the Choir today.

25th Anniversary Concert at Bradford Cathedral - Saturday 7 July

A special concert to celebrate the Silver Jubilee is booked for Saturday 7 July (7:30 PM) at Bradford Cathedral when Chordiality will perform Mozart's Requiem Mass from the 2010 Peter's edition score for choir and orchestra, specially hired from Germany.

Chordiality is pleased to announce that the orchestra will be comprised of friends and guest musicians who have joined with or accompanied the Choir at concerts over recent years.

Joining the orchestra on the day will be Sally Robinson, who heads the Lydian String Quartet, Tony Dylak, who leads wind quartet Notability, flautist Rosie Walsh, organist and conductor Tom Leech and trumpeter and all-round musician David Root, who is Chordiality's resident rehearsal accompanist.

  • Tickets are £15 including wine and are available from members of the choir or by phoning 07949 696064.
 

Christmas Concerts 2017

Christmas cometh and the Choir will offer its ‘Festive Fayre’ with a concert in Batley and its annual Yuletide gathering at its rehearsal venue, First Martyrs RC Church, Heaton, for seasonal songs and carols and festive readings.

  • Sunday 10 December, 3pm – St Mary’s of the Angels RC Church, Cross Bank Road, Batley WF17 8PQ
     
  • Sunday 17 December, 3pm – Our Lady and The First Martyrs RC Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, Bradford BD9 6HZ

Since 1996, the readings for the Christmas concerts have been compiled and written by the Choir’s long-standing member first tenor Steve Cook. 

Witty and thought-provoking have been the trademark of Steve’s offerings over the years.  The Choir would like to offer its sincere thanks to Steve for his hard work (literally many hours) and the contribution his readings have made to the concerts.

After 20 years, demands on Steve’s time have now meant that he has had to hang up his quill and this year’s readings will be compiled by first soprano Jane Clark. Our thanks go to her for stepping forward.

Thanks also go to first tenor Robin Reid for allowing the Choir to reprise his musical work Rock-a-bye Christmas.  Robin’s Crimble composition has the four sections of the Choir adopt festive caricatures of the season.  The setting sees the Sopranos exalting the true meaning of Christmas, the Altos giddy with gifts, tinsel and the perfect Christmas Day, the Tenors depicting the typical ‘Xmas party animal’ and the Basses having a general moan whilst barking ‘Bah humbug’ throughout.

This year’s Christmas concert will be interspersed with well-known carols whilst the Choir bring warmth to the season with favourites including O Holy Night and Rocking by David Willcocks, traditional settings of Away In A Manger and Sing We Now Of Christmas, Benjamin Britten’s reworkings of Renaissance carols and a beautiful adaptation by the King Singers of Born On A New Day

  • Further information about the concerts or Chordiality can be obtained from the Choir’s MD, Peter Sherlock, on 01535 272896.
 

£3,750 donated to Chordiality's adopted charity

Margaret Carey Foundation Director Dave Brown receives the cheque from Chordiality's Treasurer Susan Holroyd

Chordiality is pleased to donate 3,750 to its adopted charity for 2015-17, the Margaret Carey Foundation (MCF).

The Margaret Carey Foundation's aim is to provide meaningful activity for people in prison, and this is done by setting up bike and mobility aid repair workshops. Most of the outcomes from these workshops are donated by the Foundation to partner charities who in turn donate them to people in need in the UK, but mostly in developing countries.

The Foundation also runs a number of community-based bike workshops as well as having a bike shop in Shipley, which sells bikes at affordable prices and the proceeds go towards the charity's overall running costs.

The cheque presentation was made to the MCF's founder and director, Dave Brown, at Chordiality's Annual General Meeting.

Dave thanked the Choir and admitted that he was surprised by the amount donated, but was very appreciative.

"I can't thank Chordiality enough. Like all charities, we have to continually meet our core running costs to be able to function. In our case, it's the costs around the running of our shop in Shipley and the simple things that we support, like replacing the tools used in the prisons to repair the bikes and mobility units, which can be quite expensive."

At the AGM, members of the Choir chose the Shipley-based healthy living project, HALE, as its adopted charity for 2017-19.

HALE, which stands for Health Action Local Engagement, 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.

 

Choir heads to Huddersfield

On Sunday 1 October at 3pm, the Choir will make a welcome return to St Joseph's RC Church, on Somerset Road in Huddersfield.

The church has become a regular performance venue for Chordiality over the years and the singers always receive a warm welcome.

The Choir's programme on the day will feature popular contemporary pieces, including Carly Simon's Let The River Run, showstopper Anthem from the musical Chess and the ever popular quodlibet I Believe/Ave Maria. These will combine with such choral classics as J.S. Bach's Dona Nobis Pacem from the composer's B Minor Mass, a selection from Norwegian Ola Gjeilo's sublime Sunrise Mass and the percussive rhythms of Karl Jenkins's powerful Te Deum.

New pieces include Laudamus Te, from the second movement (The Prayer) of Karl Jenkins's Gloria, and the Choir will reprise the beautiful Seal Lullaby by Eric Whitacre.

Tickets for the concert, including interval refreshments, are £6.

Further information about the concert or Chordiality can be obtained from the Choir's MD Peter Sherlock on 01535 272896.