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. We perform concerts both with and without guests for various charitable causes, but also in recent years have hosted our own very successful concerts in Bingley Little Theatre, raising funds for Cancer Support Yorkshire and The Alzheimer’s Society. In the same venue we have also run two successful singing workshops, attended by many enthusiastic members of other local choirs. 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. We are currently moving into an exciting new era under the direction of Wil Jones!
|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.|
Wil Jones has a wealth of experience working as a musical director in all types of performance. Graduating from Leeds College of Music, his studies of musical direction and conducting have led to a variety of posts across the country, collaborating with a range of musicians and touring throughout Europe. Amongst the freelance work he does, Wil has recently worked on a variety of musical theatre shows and pantomimes. He was recently appointed as a Choral Director for the Diocese of Leeds, working with both children and adult choirs. As a life-long musician and experienced director Wil is thoroughly looking forward to working with Opus 44.