YPC & LCM in Partnership – 19th March 2016

The YPC’s next concert, is on Saturday 19th March 2016 at 7.00pm in ‘The Venue’, Leeds and is a Partnership Concert with the Leeds College of Music (LCM). The choir is proud of its ongoing partnership with the LCM, where it annually sponsors the Margaret Markland Choral Bursary. This allows 3 students from one of the College’s Musical Pathways, who are successful through audition, to become members of the choir and to experience Choral music at it’s highest level. This includes experiencing, the discipline of rehearsal under professional direction,   the enjoyment and satisfaction of working alongside other like minded individuals in a way only being a member of a choir can give, the exhilaration of high quality performance with professional soloists and orchestras in superb venues and the opportunity to undertake solo works within the choir. Winning this bursary gives the successful students an excellent CV reference for when they enter the professional musical world and is proving an excellent recruiting point for previous winners of the bursary as they begin their performing careers. In celebration of this and the Partnership’s general success, YPC & LCM will present a Jazz and modern music programme which will feature the YPC performing the ever popular ‘Mass in Blue’ by Will Todd, accompanied by the LCM Jazz Band and featuring the marvellous voice and stage presence of Laura Barnes (a former LCM student and Margaret Markland Bursary winner, now making her own successful way as a soloist). The programme also includes ‘A Little Jazz Mass’ by Bob Chilcott, accompanied by Jazz Trio. The remainder of the programme will feature and the very best of the... read more

Where to find us on Saturday

Hello everyone, As you may have realised, our concert this weekend is not at Wakefield Cathedral but is, in fact, at Unity Works.   The address is Westgate, Wakefield, WF1 1EP. For or those of you not familiar with Wakefield, please see the below map for location details. If you can’t see the map, please click this link: https://goo.gl/maps/gcMZMAXfCKS2 Dont forget it’s a 7pm start!... read more

‘Messiah’ receives Standing Ovation

Extract from Press Review…… ‘Well, that was simply the best Messiah I have ever heard’ was just one of the audience comments on leaving Dewsbury Town Hall last Saturday, having joined with many others in the audience in giving the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir, Amici Ensemble and the superb soloists a deserved and sustained standing ovation, following what was an outstanding performance of Handel’s Messiah. The whole performance was fresh and exhilarating, not something easily achieved with a work which is so famous and so often performed. Much of this must be credited to the interpretation of Maestro Andrew Padmore, whose selection of challenging tempi in some choruses gave them a zest and drama not often achieved. Great credit must be given to the choir and orchestra in rising to these challenges and injecting the sought after dynamism in such choruses as ‘For unto us a child is born, He trusted in God, Let us break their bonds and Amen’ . Rarely has the surely intended ‘dance like’ effect of ‘O thou that tellest’ been presented so well by contralto soloist Hannah Mason and choir. The soloists, Bethany Seymour (Soprano), Hannah Mason (Contralto), Ben Thapa (Tenor) and Andrew Mahon (Bass) were on top form. Interpreting their respective pieces with heart felt meaning and exceptional musicality. Special mention must be made of the extra drama brought by Tenor Ben Thapa as he turned chillingly on the choir to sing ‘Thy Rebuke hath broken his heart’ to heightened effect. The skilful and flawless playing of the Amici Ensemble with David Francis adding the unique sound of the harpsichord, transported the listener back in time, allowing us to experience the sounds that generations have... read more

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

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