Choir goes global singers from Bolivia to Taiwan join Huddersfield for Easter

• HUDDERSFIELD CHORAL SOCIETY HOSTS SINGERS FROM 23 COUNTRIES

• 500 SINGERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD JOIN TO SING VIA ZOOM

• LATEST INITIATIVE FROM CHOIR CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FOR COLLABORATION WITH POET LAUREATE

Huddersfield, 23 March, 2021:Huddersfield Choral Society, the 185 year-old internationally renowned institution, is to host a global virtual choir of 500 singers from 23 countries.

The singers will come together to sing Bach’s St John Passion in what is the second in a series of ‘lockdown sessions’ under the baton of the artistic director, Greg Batsleer.

Batsleer said: “Just because we can’t meet in person doesn’t mean we can’t find a way to make music. At Huddersfield Choral Society we have a proud history of renewing the tradition of choral singing and this is our latest innovation – a global virtual choir.”

Singers have signed up from across four continents. The USA has seen enthusiastic take-up with singers joining from New York to Seattle and 10 states. Further afield singers are joining from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Panama, Russian, Portugal, Croatia, Singapore and Taiwan, while closer to home European voices will be in plentiful supply including singers from all four corners of Britain.

The three-hour session will be held on Saturday 27th March at 1pm: Join Here

Batsleer commented: “Singing and music-making are so important to our mental and physical well-being. Sign up, join online, come and sing with us, and be a part of this global choir.”

The internationally acclaimed counter-tenor and renowned Bach singer Iestyn Davies will join to talk about his career and experiences of singing Bach.

Bach scholar and violinist Mark Seow (recently heard presenting BBC Radio 3's Early Music show) will also join to offer his perspective on the St John Passion and performing Bach's work.

This initiative is the latest in Huddersfield Choral Society’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020 it collaborated with the Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, in a critically acclaimed project “We’ll Sing” which saw the creation of two new works premiered online in lockdown by the Choral Society.

Further information: Jeremy Garside jeremygarside@williamscleck.co.uk

Note to Editors: Founded in 1836, the Huddersfield Choral Society has developed an international reputation as one of the UK's leading choral societies. It regularly broadcasts on radio and television, and has an extensive recording catalogue including many pioneering recordings. Famous for its annual performances of Handel’s Messiah the Choral Society performs around the world.