Annual Christmas Concert – SOLD OUT

We are sorry to say (although we’re strangely pleased too) that our ever popular Annual Christmas Concert on 19th December in Unity Hall, Wakefield, featuring our special guests – The WGHS Junior Choir and our festive Brass Quintet, is already sold out. Further enquiries can be made to The Concert Treasurer. Tel (01924)... read more

Dewsbury ‘Messiah’ will feature G4 Star

The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir’s performance of Handel’s Messiah on 28th November 2015, at 7.00pm in Dewsbury Town Hall will feature, as one of its soloists, Ben Thapa, one of the members of the popular band ‘G4’. G4 were runners up in the very first series of ‘The ‘X’ factor’ in 2004, featuring a unique mix of popular and classical songs. Together with Il Divo they went on to become one of the most popular ‘boy bands’, featuring cross over music. Their second album, ‘G4 and friends’, featured guest artists including Lesley Garrett, Robin Gibb and Sir Cliff Richard. To the joy of their many fans, G4 have just announced a UK reunion tour and the release of a new Christmas Album. So, amongst all this activity, it is a great coup for the YPC to have secured Ben as their tenor soloist in Handel’s great masterpiece. It’s also a great chance to hear him without all the glitz of a G4 tour concert (and a fraction of the price!) Of course Ben will be joined by 3 other superb soloists ‘Bethany Seymour (soprano), Hannah Mason (Mezzo) and Andrew Mahon (Bass), all wonderfully talented and, although young, very experienced performers of this and other great choral works. The superb Amici Ensemble, will once again provide the full orchestral accompaniment, which will feature the much sort after talents of David Francis on Harpsichord. This arrangement of fine musicians under the direction of Andrew Padmore is sure to bring a freshness, depth and energy to this much loved work. It is over 5 years since the YPC performed in Dewsbury and we are really... read more

Season opener thrills Cathedral audience

Press: Classical review A large and appreciative audience thoroughly enjoyed the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir’s Season opener which featured music by two of this Country’s favourite choral composers, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter. The evening opened with the choir singing 4 of John Rutter’s short but beautifully tuneful arrangements. I will sing with the Spirit has a lightness and joyful quality which the choir succeeded in transmitting. The composer’s through settings of the hymns All things Bright and Beautiful and For the Beauty of the Earth’ were rapturously received by an audience who were now almost all wearing a smile of contentment. Look at the World, a piece originally written to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the ‘Council for the Protection of Rural England’, completed the set with the choir emphasising the rise and fall of the dynamics allowing the listener to truly flow with the song’s sentiment. The excellent Thomas Moore, accompanying on both organ and piano, now showed his superb versatility by becoming the pianist in a Jazz trio as the Choir sped into the thrilling but short ‘Little Jazz Mass’ by Bob Chilcott. This piece is rightly popular and instantly creates a foot tapping atmosphere with the Kyrie. Matthew Dabbs (drums) and Roz MacDonald (Double Bass) were the other two members of the accompanying combo, obviously skilled jazz interpreters, they sparkled as the tempos quickened, swung and slowed to ‘blues’. The choir amazingly changed instantly from the gentile Rutter to this rip roaring, New Orleans, inspired number and the half finished with lengthy applause and yet more smiles. The second half brought a change of musicians adding... read more version 2015 has launched

I think it’s safe to say I may have bitten off more than I could chew with this years major update. It has been a long and challenging month working on this site, trying to make it something as forward thinking as the Choir itself tries to be while at the same time maintaining a full time job that has sent me all over the country every week and completing a 200 mile house move. I hope everyone else had a much more relaxing summer. There are a few significant changes you will notice with the new site: We have a newly refreshed home page, a new box office page, a whole new simple mobile site (so it is easier to browse on your phone or tablet), and if you care to look at the Choir’s repertoire page, you’ll see it’s been given a lot more personality (or personalities depending on how you look at it). I will be the first to admit that on my checklist of things to do to improve this site, there are still a number of things outstanding, but as somebody qualified to give all kinds of companies a quality seal of approval, I can tell you nothing is ever finished as we should always be working to continually improve in whatever our endeavours. That said, it is quite likely I may have missed something, or perhaps there is a bug that shows up on your particular browser that doesn’t appear on mine. If that’s the case, please drop me an email on I don’t mind being bombarded. I hope all the choir... read more

Website update

Hi everyone, as August fast approaches members of the YPC begin to wind down, everyone except me, that is. Every year I use the month of August to update and tweak this website in preparation for the next season. It has been five years since the website took its current form so next month will see a significant overhaul in the appearance of This is will mean the website will be unavailable for intermittent periods throughout the month but please bear with me and you should see some really good things upon its relaunch in the first week of September. Enjoy the the summer everybody.   Gary YPC Website... read more

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