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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.

 

Combined choirs shine at charity fundraising concert

The gothic splendour of Bradford Grammar School's main hall provided an impressive venue for performers and audience alike at the Choir's major fundraising concert of the year – on Saturday 8 July.

A packed auditorium of over 230 people saw Chordiality join with Steeton Male Voice Choir and the Lydian String Quartet for a wonderful evening of choral song.

The evening, under the banner Song Cycle, raised a total of £1,550 for Chordiality's adopted charity for 2016/17, the Margaret Carey Foundation.

The charity, which collects used bikes and mobility aids and provides prison workshops for the prisoners to repair the items for reuse, took its name from the charity worker who provided the inspiration for its creation, Margaret Carey. And it was Margaret who was guest of honour at the charity concert.

Pictured are guest-of-honour Margaret Carey with Chordiality MD Peter Sherlock (left) and Margaret Carey Foundation founder Dave Brown (right)

Performing at the Grammar School was a first for Chordiality as was combining with the well-known Steeton Male Voice Choir. The choirs added the Lydian String Quartet to the mix and a magical evening came to life.

"Simply superb," was the verdict of Chordiality's Musical Director Peter Sherlock, who conducted most of the programme on the night.

Each choir offered its own material but the singers combined for a number of pieces and were joined by the Lydian String Quartet and lead accompanist Michael Nicholas for the opening and closing pieces in each half.

"The contribution of the string quartet and Michael at the piano really lifted our performance," said Peter. "Our guests, Steeton Male Voice Choir, provided a real musical contrast to Chordiality, and I have received lots of positive comments and compliments from members of the audience.

"The numbers we performed together, especially the Bach/Gounod arrangement of I Believe was outstanding and American Trilogy provided a really moving closing number. It was a truly special night and we raised a lot of money for our adopted charity."

Next concert...

Chordiality's next concert will be at St Joseph's RC Church, Somerset Road, Huddersfield, on Sunday 1 October at 3pm.

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

 

Chordiality combines with Steeton MVC for major charity concert - Sat 8 July at 7.30pm

Chordiality is pleased to welcome special guests Steeton Male Voice Choir and the Lydian String Quartet to its summer fundraising concert at Bradford Grammar School – Saturday 8 July at 7.30pm.

The concert proceeds are in aid of Chordiality's 2016/17 adopted charity, the Margaret Carey Foundation.

The Foundation collects used bikes and mobility aids and provides prison workshops for the prisoners to repair the items for reuse, in particular, for people in developing countries around the world.

Chordiality member Dave Brown (pictured), who also sings with Steeton Male Voice Choir, is the founder and co-ordinator behind the Margaret Carey Foundation. He said: "I'm very grateful to both choirs for offering support through the concert and, on the day, I haven't quite decided who I will sing with yet. I may have to do a double shift as well as say a 'thank you' on behalf of the charity at the end.

"The concert promises to be a great affair with both choirs singing lots of popular pieces," he added.

Chordiality has close links with popular Steeton Male Voice Choir, but the choirs have never performed together before. The singers will be joined at the concert by the Bradford-based Lydian String Quartet, who joined with Chordiality at a recent concert in Cottingley.

The combined ensembles, under the baton of the Chordiality Musical Director Peter Sherlock, will offer a highly entertaining programme of well-known classics and contemporary choruses to send the audience home humming. Refreshments will be served at the interval.

To book tickets, contact a singer from either choir or phone 07949 696064.

 

After Cottingley success, the Choir moves on to Queensbury


Singers and musicians combined in a concert that saw a return visit by Chordiality to St Mary's and St Monica's Church, Cottingley, and the debut of a virtually new programme.

The Choir were joined by Bradford-based Lydian String Quartet and by flautist Rosie Walsh, who has become a regular guest of the choir.

The Lydian, under the direction of Sally Robinson, showed off their considerable talents with a varied repertoire that included Le Pera's and Gardel's tango song Por Una Cabeza, Frankie Valli's pop classic Can't Take My Eyes Off You and the ever-popular Pachelbel's Canon. The players were joined by Rosie on flute for a dazzling performance of the opening allegro movement of Mozart's Flute Quartet in C Major in which the flautist excelled.

The Choir tackled its new programme with a precision and attentiveness and presented a strong performance throughout overcoming the many challenges demanded by the new works in the first half. The dynamic control and richness of sound was never more evident than in the two pieces selected from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo's Sunrise Mass and in Bach's Dona Nobis Pacem from his B Minor Mass and famous cantata Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring, which were accompanied by the Lydian and accompanist Michael Nicholas. The combined ensemble complimented one another and was heightened by the wonderful acoustic offered by the church. The first half closed with the contrasting dynamics and aggressive passages of Karl Jenkins's sacred composition, Te Deum, with its accelerating climatic finish.

A contemporary feel opened the second half with Carly Simon's popular Let The River Run, resounded with the patriotic showstopper Anthem from the musical Chess and endeared with the simplicity of a quodlibet combining the melodies of the 1950s ballad I Believe with Bach-Gounod's Ave Maria, which was particularly well received by the audience.

The tenors and basses nearly stole the show with their enthusiastic martial performance of the Soldiers' Chorus from Gounod's opera Faust, but the Ladies responded with the enchanting folk song Water Of Tyne. The concert concluded with crowd-pleasers Rock Around The Clock and Down By The Riverside culminating with the Latin flair of Ástor Piazzolla's Libertango, performed by the full company.

Musical Director Peter Sherlock spoke highly of the Choir's hard work to bring out the best of what he regards as a demanding programme. "I enjoyed our performance throughout, but particularly the control shown by the singers in the Sunrise Mass and the Bach. I am very grateful to our guests who joined us on the day and whose contribution combined to produce a wonderful concert for the audience at Cottingley."

 

Afternoon tea party raises £470 for adopted charity

A BUSY day for a choir member and her family was rewarded with a total of £470 raised for Chordiality's adopted charity, the Margaret Carey Foundation.

The idea and hard work came from soprano Barbara Peace who, with help from her nephew's wife Andrea Peace, put on a two-sitting afternoon tea at her home in Bradshaw, Halifax.

Bradford charity, the Margaret Carey Foundation, collects used bikes and mobility aids and provides prison workshops for the prisoners to repair the items for reuse, in particular, for people in developing countries around the world. It was started and is run by fellow Chordiality member David Brown.

Barbara is very supportive of the charity's work and was keen to help raise funds. "I've known about the work of the Foundation for some time through David. I felt that I wanted to support it in some way that wasn't simply asking people for money, ideally by providing some form of service, and then I had the idea for an afternoon tea party."

On the day, blessed by beautiful weather, Barbara welcomed over 25 guests to the house, comprising family, friends and Chordiality members. There was no charge, simply donations for the tea and cakes on offer. Barbara also sold her homemade pickles and preserves as well as handmade greeting cards carefully produced by Andrea herself. Nothing went to waste as the remaining buns and cakes were purchased by choir members at rehearsal the following day.

The £470 was handed over to David who was very grateful to Barbara and all her family for running the fundraising event. "Helping hands are always necessary," he said, "but we also need funding to cover our day-to-day operating costs which provide fulfilling opportunities for the prisoners and, at the same time, help those less fortunate than ourselves."

 

Programme and guests announced for forthcoming concerts

Rehearsals are well underway for the forthcoming series of concerts taking place after Easter, which will see the Choir embark on a virtually new repertoire.

The three concerts will see the singers pay a return visit to Cottingley and Queensbury before leading a July fundraiser for Chordiality's adopted charity, the Margaret Carey Foundation, with Steeton Male Voice Choir at Bradford Grammar School.


The concert dates are:

  • Sunday 14 May (3pm) at St Mary and St Monica RC Church, Cottingley
  • Saturday 10 June (7.30pm) at Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury
  • Saturday 8 July (7.30pm) at Bradford Grammar School

At the July 8th concert, Chordiality will welcome guests, Steeton Male Voice Choir, for an evening of song with some combined pieces on the programme. Steeton MVC boast a 100-year history and are well-known in the area. They have over 80 members and will be conducted on the night by Chordiality's MD, Peter Sherlock.

At the May concert, Chordiality will also be joined by instrumental guests, The Lydian String Quartet and flautist Rosie Walsh – Rosie has played alongside the singers on a number occasions. The Lydian are comprised of four professional string players, directed by Sally Robinson, and offer a programme ranging from classical to contemporary.

Chordiality's new programme for 2017 will include two pieces from Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo's beautiful Sunrise Mass alongside Karl Jenkin's vibrant Te Deum. The Te Deum is a recent piece by Jenkins who is famous for works like The Armed Man, Requiem and Stabat Mater, which have all been performed by the Choir in recent years.

2017 will also see the singers reprise old favourite Water Of Tyne, for the ladies, and the men will marshal their troops for the famous Soldiers' Chorus from Gounod's opera Faust. The choir will be donning its dancing shoes for the Bill Haley classic Rock Around The Clock and practising its Latin moves for Ástor Piazzolla crowd-pleaser Libertango. Another newcomer for the season will be the climatic song Anthem from the musical Chess by ABBA's Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with lyrics by Tim Rice.