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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."

 

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.