March 2023 Newsletter

The fourth edition of our online newsletter - a collection of news and views from Choral Notes.

March 2023 Newsletter

It's early spring and the hectic Christmas period might now seem quite a long time ago, but the memory of those three concerts in two weeks is still alive. It doesn't matter how often you have sung Messiah before, there is always something fresh about each performance, and Ellie Slorach's first chance to conduct the work with HCS certainly showed that. It was wonderful to see the audience response to a sparkling and flowing performance.

And it was great to see the audience back in numbers. Like all performing arts organisations, we experienced a steep drop in attendance immediately post-Covid. While the choir got back onstage at the very first opportunity in the autumn of 2021, many audience members are still understandably nervous about concert-going. We need a full Town Hall to be able to offer the highest quality or orchestra and soloists, so do encourage your music-loving friends to come along to share this unrivalled experience of vocal and orchestral excellence.

Lucy Pople, Editor

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Dates for your Diary

Saturday 25th March: Come and Sing Vivaldi Gloria - Join HCS and Voices singers in an afternoon workshop followed by an evening performance. This event will be held at Holy Trinity Church, HD1 4DT.

Sunday 26th March: Youth Choirs Spring Concert - see the Youth Choirs website for further details.

Saturday 22nd April: HCS Voices Spring concert - 7:30pm at New North Rd Baptist Church.

Friday 26th May: HCS Spring Concert - Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with Greg Batsleer and RLPO.

Sunday 25th June: Youth Choirs Summer Concert - see the Youth Choirs website for further details.

Saturday 1st July: HCS Voices Commonwealth Concert - 7:30pm at Huddersfield Mission, Lord St.

Saturday 8th July: HCS Summer Concert with Ellie Slorach and Kantos - choral music by Britten, Whitacre, Dove and others. Venue and ticketing information to be announced.

Sunday 16th July: Kirklees Year of Music 'The Herd' - We're sworn to secrecy on this one...All we can tell you is to expect an extravaganza of every genre of music-making in Kirklees!