New Honorary Patrons for HCS

We are delighted to announce that Huddersfield Choral Society has two new Honorary Patrons, Brian Kay and Lord Lt Ed Anderson.

Brian Kay

The Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Brian Kay as an Honorary Patron. Brian has a long and successful association with the Choral, as Chorus Master for a decade between 1983-94, and subsequently in a number of engagements including as a popular Master of Ceremonies at Christmas concerts

Brian’s working life has been divided between the broadcasting studio and the concert platform. His many presentations for BBC radio have included Brian Kay’s Sunday Morning, and his former BBC World Service programme Classics with Kay reached an audience of millions all over the world. Brian’s television presentations have included the competitions to find the Cardiff Singer of the World and the Choir of the Year, and for fifteen years, the New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna. He has twice won a Sony Award as Music Presenter of the Year, including the coveted Gold Award in 1996.

He was a founder member of the King's singers, and as the bass voice in the group performed over 2000 concerts world-wide. A great professional vocalist, he also has a rare talent to communicate with and inspire both amateur and professional singers and an infectious enthusiasm.

Brian is now Conductor and Musical Director of the Burford Singers, as well as succeeding Sir David Willcocks as Principal Conductor of The Really Big Chorus, with which he regularly conducts massed voices in London’s Royal Albert Hall together with concerts right across the globe.

There are still some choir members who remember appearing under Brian's direction in the 1987 Royal Variety Performance, perhaps one of the Choral's more unusual engagements. But then Brian is no stranger to the unusual; some of his proudest boasts are of being the lowest frog on a Paul McCartney single, one of the six wives to Harry Secombe’s Henry VIIIth, and a member of the backing group for Pink Floyd!

Lord Lt Ed Anderson

Ed Anderson succeeded Dr Ingrid Roscoe as Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire on 1st September 2018, and has followed in her footsteps in another way - by accepting the Society's invitation to become an Honorary Patron.

A qualified accountant, he came to Yorkshire in 1969 to study economics at what is now Leeds Beckett University. He held a number of executive positions in both local government and the airport sector including as executive director at Leeds City Council and CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport. He is Chairman of the Airport Operators Association.

He chaired the Yorkshire Building Society Board for 8 years and is currently Chairman of National Savings & Investments. He is involved with many voluntary sector bodies in the county. He is also a former High Sheriff of West Yorkshire and a former Deputy Lieutenant.