What is a Subscriber?
A Subscriber buys a seat or seats (maximum 4) for our three concert season in Huddersfield Town Hall. There is an autumn concert on a Friday evening towards the end of October/early November; a performance of Handel’s Messiah a week to 10 days before Christmas each year; and a spring concert on a Friday evening towards the end of March/early April. The ticket is valid for all three concerts.
How much does a ticket cost?
Ticket prices for the 2015/16 season are:
Balcony: Centre £115.00; Side £109.00; Window £76.00 other than seats H20-27 which are £60.
First Area £74.00; Second Area £55.00; Second Area Side £25.00
A number of Gallery tickets are released a month before each Huddersfield Town Hall concert for students at the discounted price of £3. Details of when these become available will be posted on our Concerts page.
How do I become a Subscriber?
If you would like to become a Subscriber please contact the Subscribers’ Secretary (contact details below) who will add your name and the number of tickets applied for to the waiting list. Seats usually become available for the following Year in August.
What if I am unable to attend a concert?
If you are unable to attend a concert, the season ticket can be returned to the Subscribers’ Secretary who will attempt to resell the seat for that concert. In the event that the seats are sold a refund of one third of the subscription price less a £3 administration fee is payable to you. We ask that you send in a stamped addressed envelope with your returned tickets to assist us.
What if the seats I am offered are not in my preferred area of the Town Hall?
If you wish to transfer to another section you can notify the Subscribers’ Secretary who will note your wishes and transfer you as soon as seats in your preferred section become available.
Do I keep the same seats every season?
No. A ballot is held towards the end of June each year in the Town Hall. All existing Subscribers are invited to attend. Those attending place their individual ballot card in a drum prior to the ballot. The cards for each seating area are drawn at random by the President and the names are called out. When your name is called you collect your card and proceed to the relevant table for your seating area. You can then choose your seat(s) for the following season from those left on the seating plan. This ensures that all Subscribers have a fair chance of securing their preferred seat(s) each year. Those Subscribers not attending the ballot are allocated seats by Committee members after the ballot. There are a limited number of Subscribers who are entitled to have their chosen seats allocated prior to the ballot. They are:- Life Members; Past Presidents; current Committee members; and certain people with mobility difficulties.
Can my season ticket(s) be used by someone else?
You can pass your season ticket(s) to someone else to use for an individual concert but it is your responsibility to ensure you retrieve it after the concert for use for the remainder of the season.
Can I pass my Subscription on to someone else?
The Subscription is yours personally. However, arrangements can be made to transfer it to a member of your family at the Subscribers’ Secretary’s discretion.
Are there any other benefits to becoming a Subscriber?
Other benefits include priority booking for public concerts at the Town Hall and regular Newsletters covering the life of the Society.
How do I contact the Subscribers’ Secretary?
Our Subscribers’ secretary is Jane Armitage and she can be contacted by post, at 26 Lower Hall, Healey House, Netherton, Huddersfield, HD4 7DG, by phone, on 07834 345211 or by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I buy tickets for the public Messiah Concert?
We give two performances of the Messiah each year in the Town Hall – one for our Subscribers and one for the general public. Tickets for the Public Messiah performance go on sale to the general public via the Kirklees Box Office in the second week of October each year. This is after a priority booking period for singing members, Friends and Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased over the internet at https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/boxoffice/
How can I buy a ticket for the Christmas Concert?
Tickets for the Christmas Concert go on sale to the general public via the Kirklees Box Office in the second week of October each year. Again this is after a priority booking period for singing members, Friends and Subscribers. Tickets can be purchased over the internet https://tickets.kirklees.gov.uk/boxoffice/
How can I buy tickets for individual Subscribers’ Concerts if I’m not a Subscriber?
There are usually some returns from Subscribers who are unable to attend a particular concert. These are sold on a first come, first served basis (although Friends have priority) to anyone interested. Sales of these tickets are through the Subscribers’ Secretary. Tickets can be posted before the concert (payment by cheque and enclosing an SAE) or collected on the night (payment by cash or cheque). If you are interested in becoming a Subscriber please contact our Subscribers’ secretary.
What is the age range for singing membership?
Huddersfield Choral Society is extremely fortunate in having a membership with a wide age span from 18 to “over 70”. Many of our members joined at a young age and some have given 50 years of service to the Society.
Do you have to be a music teachers or professional musician to be a member of the Choral Society?
No, our members are drawn from all walks of life, their common interest being an enjoyment of singing and the sense of camaraderie, fun and being part of a great team. Of course some members are very capable of taking solo roles, but the key is to blend in with the other members in order to create the great “Huddersfield Sound”.
I’m already in another choir, can I do both?
As we only rehearse on a Friday night (with occasional additional rehearsals) it is perfectly possible to combine being in Huddersfield Choral with being in another choir – of course one that rehearses at another time! About a third of our members also sing in other choirs and enjoy the wide range of experience that it brings.
How many concerts do I have to sing in?
This is entirely up to you. As we are an organisation made up of amateurs (although with professional standards and outlook) we recognise that our members have other commitments outside the Choral. That’s one of the reasons we need a strong membership – not everyone is able to participate in every concert.
How many rehearsals do I need to attend?
In order to perform in any concert members need to have attended a minimum of 2/3rds of the available rehearsals for that concert. This is important in achieving the high standards expected by our audiences.
Do I need to live in Huddersfield?
Not at all, as long as you can get to rehearsals at 7.30pm on a Friday night and to performances that also usually start at 7.30pm – we have members from all parts of Yorkshire and further afield.