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Let All The World In Every Corner Sing!

Huddersfield Town Hall

2nd November 2024, 7:30 pm

Our opening concert of the season will see the choir perform a range of pieces by Vaughan Williams, Imogen Holst, and Fauré’s Reqiuem.

The choir will be joined by Roderick Williams OBE and this is a rare opportunity to hear Roderick in live performance with a repertoire designed to showcase the unique quality of a singer who has appeared in all the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls without ever losing touch with grassroots music.

Deeply committed to music education, Roderick is currently ‘singer in residence’ for Music in the Round in Sheffield, leading projects which introduce amateur singers, young and old, to the classical song repertoire. A good friend to HCS over the years, Roderick is one of the Society’s Honorary Patrons. He is emerging as a composer of note and has taken up the role of Composer in Association for the BBC Singers; subscribers will recall the HCS performance of his Ave Verum Revisited in the March 2024 concert.

Fauré Requiem

Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem stands in contrast to those other concert-hall favourites by Mozart, Berlioz and Verdi, with their dramatic and terrifying Dies Irae movements. It is instead gentle and prayerful, with the Dies Irae replaced by the simple and achingly beautiful Pie Jesu as the fulcrum around which the whole work is balanced.

Imogen Holst

Forty years after her death, Imogen Holst’s music is at last beginning to gain recognition, and this is the first time her work has been performed in an HCS season. Born into a musical environment – her father was Gustav Holst, she attended Royal College of Music and then went on to become an educator at Dartington School, bringing renowned performers to the school and forging relationships with composers such as Britten. The Britten link led, in 1950, to the work for which she is most widely known, as an administrator and then joint artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival. From the mid-60’s she began to concentrate on her own work and on securing both her father’s legacy, and ultimately, her own.

 

Priority booking for Friends of HCS is open from 9am on Tuesday 30th July.
Individual tickets go on sale to the general public at 9am on Tuesday 13th August. 

If you’d like to consider buying a season ticket, visit our Season Ticket page.

Royal Northern Sinfonia

Conductor
  • Gregory Batsleer
Soloists
  • Roderick Williams OBE
Ticket Prices

From £11

Key People

Roderick Williams OBE
Honorary Patron

Roderick Williams OBE

Roderick Williams OBE is one of today’s most sought-after baritones who has appeared with HCS on several occasions. His many recordings span song, opera and oratorio, and he is a passionate advocate for musical education.

Gregory Batsleer
Choral Director

Gregory Batsleer

Gregory Batsleer is one of the UK's most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters.

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