About UsFormed in 1984, the choir performs at concerts, festivals, competitions and private events. We really enjoy entertaining audiences in concerts, usually supporting charitable causes and have also been singularly successful at many prestigious local and national competitions. Among the most memorable are appearing in the televised quarter finals of the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year in 1984 and 1994 and in more recent years, winning the evening Choir Challenge at six of the annual prestigious Mrs Sunderland Music Festivals in Huddersfield, the sixth time being in February 2016 where we also won the afternoon Choir Programme. In May 2016 we hosted our own well received concert Madrigals to Musicals at Bingley Little Theatre, raising £230 for Cancer Support Yorkshire. Of recent years we have also run two successful singing workshops in Bingley.
The North Wales Choral Festival, held at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno on 5th November, was the setting for the final performance of Opus 44 under Alison Pryce-Jones, our musical director for 12 years. There were 11 entries in the female voice class and the choir came a very creditable third.
We are currently moving into an exciting new era under the direction of Jonnathan Gale.
We have an average membership of 20 drawn from across Yorkshire and Lancashire. In the main, we sing unaccompanied and our exciting repertoire is very diverse, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. Our material is carefully selected to offer a vibrant mix of music - sacred and secular, folk songs from around the world and popular light music. We also commission new pieces, and in 2009 we recorded a CD as part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations.
|Adult Member||£200 per year|
|Young Member (under 18 yrs)||£100 per year|
|Prospective Member||Two Free "Taster" rehearsals and then £4.00 per week until the decision to join is made. This is made after consultation with our musical director.|
Jonathan Gale studied conducting at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and as a repetiteur at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio. Before that he studied music at Cambridge University. He has worked as a repetiteur and prompter for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Chorus Master for Grange Park Opera (2007), assistant conductor at the Aix en Provence festival in 2006, and repetiteur at the Salzburg Festival for Birtwistle’s Gawain.
As an accompanist, he works with his wife, American soprano Paula Sides. Together, their engagements include Lieder recitals and opera gala concerts. He works regularly with Young Artists from the Israeli Opera when they perform in London. He is the founder and musical director of Live Action Opera, a company which performs opera in schools.