2014/15 www.leedsphil.org LeedsPhil @leedsphil

2014/15
LeedsPhil
@leedsphil
www.leedsphil.org
About us
Director of Music: David Hill
Chorus Master: Richard Wilberforce
Welcome to our 2014/15 choral season
programme.
This is my first season as the Society’s Chair, and I am greatly looking forward
to the exciting range of concerts on offer.
The season begins with a performance of the beautiful, and justly popular,
Fauré Requiem to be given in Leeds Minster on 9 November. Shortly
afterwards the Choir will travel to Belfast to perform Benjamin Britten’s
monumental War Requiem with the Ulster Orchestra in St Anne’s Cathedral.
For ecumenical balance we will reprise the Fauré at St Peter’s RC Cathedral the
next day. If you are able to be there you will be assured of a richly rewarding
musical experience. Other season highlights include: a performance of
Handel’s evergreen ‘Messiah’ with the renowned early instrument ensemble
Florilegium directed from the harpsichord by our Music Director, David Hill;
three performances of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony; two Lord Mayor’s
Carol Concerts in Leeds Town Hall; and two concerts as part of the Leeds
International Concert Season.
I do hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you.
Philip Meaden
Chairman
Thank you for your past support.
We look forward to welcoming you
again this season.
In association with
Established in 1870, the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus – affectionately
known as the Phil – has been a continuous and integral part of the local
music scene, performing with world-class orchestras, conductors and
soloists both for the people of Leeds and beyond.
Its repertoire covers everything from traditional
and well-known large-scale choral works to
modern and lesser-known works, including
specially-commissioned new compositions.
A highlight was the 2007 world première, in Leeds
Town Hall, of The Brontë Mass by distinguished
Yorkshire-born composer Philip Wilby.
In addition to its Town Hall appearances, the Phil
regularly performs in other major UK concert
venues; the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Sage Centre
at Gateshead, while its biennial overseas tours have
taken it to important musical cities throughout
northern Europe, including Prague, Krakow,
Budapest and Vienna. Its distinguished past musical
directors have included Sir Charles Stanford,
Sir Edward Bairstow, Sir Malcolm Sargent,
Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Charles Groves and
Richard Hickox. The Chorus was delighted when
David Hill became its Music Director in May 2005,
thus continuing the tradition of leadership by the
most eminent British choral conductors of the day.
The Chorus has recorded CDs of Stanford’s Stabat
Mater and Te Deum (Chandos), Walton’s Gloria and
Belshazzar’s Feast (Naxos) and Handel’s Messiah
(CMI Records). Many of its concerts have been
broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in conjunction with the
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Phil’s President is Dr Ingrid Roscoe,
Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.
“One of the finest
performances we are
ever likely to hear.”
Yorkshire Post
“This performance
contained power
and introspection...
a meaningful
performance,
full of integrity.”
The Guardian
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Sunday 9 November 2014, 6:30pm
Friday 14 November 2014, 7:45pm
LEEDS MINSTER
ST ANNE’S CATHEDRAL, BELFAST
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Principals of the National Festival Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra
RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Belfast Philharmonic Choir
Girl Choristers of St Anne’s Cathedral
Presented by Leeds Phil
Fauré
Requiem
Scoring by David Hill
A special performance for
Remembrance Sunday
within the context of the liturgy.
Richard Wilberforce
conductor
Sarah Potter
soprano
Britten
War Requiem
Jac van Steen
conductor
Frank Zielhorst
second conductor
Philip Wilcox
Elizabeth Atherton
Sally Robinson
Benjamin Hulett
Sally Ladds
Gavan Ring
baritone
soprano
violin
tenor
cello
baritone
Kate Wilson
Britten
War Requiem
harp
Simon Lindley
RICHARD WILBERFORCE
SARAH POTTER
organ
JAC VAN STEEN
FRANK ZIELHORST
ELIZABETH ATHERTON
BENJAMIN HULETT
Fauré
Requiem
PHILIP WILCOX
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SIMON LINDLEY
LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS
Tickets: FREE
Tickets: £20
From: ulsterorchestra.com/events/brittens-war-requiem
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Saturday 15 November 2014, 8:00pm
Saturday 13 December 2014, 7:00pm
ST PETER’S RC CATHEDRAL, BELFAST
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Cathedral Organ
Florilegium
Schola Cantorum
Presented by Leeds Phil
Fauré
Requiem
Richard Wilberforce
conductor
Nigel McCLintock
organist
Handel
Messiah
David Hill
conductor
Katherine Manley
soprano
Joseph Zubeir
Madeleine Shaw
Ché Seabourne
Ed Lyon
soloist
mezzo-soprano
soloist
Joint Choirs
Britten
A Hymn to the Virgin
Leeds Philharmonic
Chorus
RICHARD WILBERFORCE
NIGEL MCLINTOCK
Villette
Hymne a la Vierge
Gjielo
Northern Lights
Wilberforce
Lirum Lirum
Joubert
There is no rose
tenor
David Stout
Schola Cantorum
Parry
I was glad
Rutter
This is the day
Mawby
Ave Verum
Blow
Salvator Mundi
Organ recital by
baritone
Handel
Messiah
DAVID HILL
KATHERINE MANLEY
MADELEINE SHAW
ED LYON
Nigel McClintock
Naji Hakim
Tantem Ergo
Joint Choirs
Tickets: FREE
Fauré
Requiem
Retiring collection for the work of Schola Cantorium,
the Cathedral’s music school.
SCHOLA CANTORUM
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Tickets: £10 – £31.50
Concessions available
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Thursday 18 December 2014, 6:30pm and 8:30pm
Saturday 14 March 2015, 7:30pm
LEEDS TOWN HALL
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Rothwell Temperance Band
BBC Philharmonic
Presented by
Lord Mayor’s
Carol Concerts
Introduced and conducted by
Simon Lindley
Alan Horsey
organ
Spring
Favourites
SIMON LINDLEY
ALAN HORSEY
conductor
Sarah Tynan
soprano
Daniel Norman
Celebrate Christmas at Leeds Town Hall’s
annual family carol concerts.
After the concert there will be a collection for the
Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal. The Lord Mayor’s chosen
charity for 2014/15 is the Leeds Children’s Hospital
Appeal. Leeds Children’s Hospital is the second largest
service for Children in the country and was created in
2010 by bringing all children’s inpatient services together
in one location at the Leeds General Infirmary, solving the
issue of seriously ill youngsters having to be transferred
across the city. The children’s services admit over 30,000
children to the wards each year. Over 109,000 children
are treated in the outpatient departments and nearly
60,000 children are seen each year through the Accident
and Emergency Department.
David Hill
tenor
William Dazeley
baritone
Dukas
Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Britten
The Young Person’s Guide to the
Orchestra
DAVID HILL
SARAH TYNAN
Orff
Carmina Burana
Free pre-concert talk by Mark Pallant at 6.45pm
Tickets: £5
ROTHWELL TEMPERENCE BAND
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Concessions £2.50
Tickets: £16 – £31.50
DANIEL NORMAN
WILLIAM DAZELEY
Concessions available
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Saturday 9 May 2015, 7:30pm
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Leeds Festival Chorus
Presented by
European
Greats
Jacek Kaspszyk
conductor
Claire Meghnagi
soprano
Hannah Pedley
mezzo soprano
Andrew Rees
tenor
Do you love singing?
Would you like a chance to
1 Sing with professional conductors
and orchestras?
1 Perform as part of the Leeds
International Concert Season?
1 Receive musical development
and training?
1 Perform large-scale choral works
from a varied repertoire?
1 Sing on European tours?
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LEEDS PHILHARMONIC CHORUS
Paul Carey Jones
If you are interesting in joining
the Chorus, come and meet us at
one of our rehearsals, held every
Thursday evening at 7pm starting
this season on 4th September.
ST GEORGE’S CHURCH
baritone
Schubert
Symphony No 3
JACEK KASPSZYK
CLAIRE MEGHNAGI
Beethoven
Symphony No 9 (Choral)
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Great George Street, Leeds LS1 3BR
(adjacent to Leeds General Infirmary)
Free parking for rehearsals is currently
available at Josephs Well. Across the
footbridge over the inner ring road.
For more information visit
www.leedsphil.org/join
Free pre-concert talk by Judy Blezzard at 6.45pm
Tickets: £16 – £31.50
HANNAH PEDLEY
ANDREW REES
Concessions available
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Tuesday 12 May 2015, 7:45pm
MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL
Sunday 17 May 2015, 7:00pm
SHEFFIELD CITY HALL
Leeds Philharmonic
Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic
Chorus
Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra
Warsaw Philharmonic
Orchestra
Leeds Festival Chorus
Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus
Saturday 30 May 2015, 7:30pm
LEEDS TOWN HALL
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
BBC Philharmonic
Leeds Festival Chorus
Presented by
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warsaw-philharmonic-orchestra-2466
www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/
Warsaw-Philharmonic-with-SheffieldPhilharmonic-Chorus
Tickets: £13.50 – £25
Tickets: £20 – £45
Concessions available
Concessions available
Call the box office for tickets on 01642 729 729
Call the box office for tickets on 01142 789 789
Walton
Belshazzar’s
Feast
Simon Wright
conductor
Louis Schwizgebel
piano
David Wilson-Johnson
baritone
Jacek Kaspszyk
Ravel
Boléro
Claire Meghnagi
Ravel
Piano Concerto in G
Hannah Pedley
Walton
Belshazzar’s Feast
conductor
soprano
mezzo soprano
JACEK KASPSZYK
CLAIRE MEGHNAGI
Andrew Rees
tenor
SIMON WRIGHT
LOUIS SCHWIZGEBEL
Paul Carey Jones
baritone
Schubert
Symphony No 3
HANNAH PEDLEY
ANDREW REES
Free pre-concert talk by Julian Rushton at 6.45pm
Beethoven
Symphony No 9 (Choral)
Tickets: £16 – £31.50
DAVID WILSON-JOHNSON
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Concessions available
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Friends of the Phil
Sponsorship and Legacies
Booking Information
Leeds Philharmonic Society, like many other cultural
organisations, has at its heart a loyal band of Friends
who act as a conduit for encouraging support,
for keeping interested people informed about
the Chorus and who help to raise much needed
funds. The Friends help the Chorus to promote
its performances and to bring new audiences to
support its objective of promoting choral music to
the public.
As a registered charity, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
does not receive government funding or any other
endowments other than members’ subscriptions
(which generally only cover music hire and the
fees of its professional music team). The cost of
performing great music continues to rise, and
therefore, particularly in the case of its ownpromotion concerts where it must meet all the
costs of publicity, venue/orchestra hire and soloists,
the Chorus relies on outside funding to help it
continue to perform on a regular basis with the
highest quality orchestras, conductors and soloists.
All Concerts
The Chorus is therefore very grateful for the
generosity of its commercial and other sponsors,
as well as to the people who leave it a legacy.
Your association with the Phil may be as a singer
past or present, or as an audience member who
has enjoyed our concerts. Becoming a sponsor or
leaving a legacy is a chance to show how much you
have valued this association and what the Chorus
has given to you, perhaps over many years.
The Carriageworks, The Electric Press,
3 Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD
E-mail: [email protected]
The Friends’ membership consists of many loyal
spouses, partners, friends and former members
who regularly come to the Phil’s performances,
and who welcome the chance to lend their support.
In return they are kept informed of our activities
by means of letters from the Friends’ Secretary
and Chorus Newsletters. Joining the Friends of the
Phil is a way of expressing a belief in the value of
maintaining high standards of live choral music in
Leeds.
For further information about joining
the Friends of the Phil please email
Rosemary O’Dea via [email protected]
Or visit www.leedsphil.org.
For over 145 years Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
has been at the heart of choral music in Leeds.
Your support, either as a sponsor or benefactor
through legacy, will help to sustain the future of the
Chorus for forthcoming generations of singers and
concert-goers.
If you are interested in becoming a
sponsor or in leaving a legacy, please email
[email protected]
Or visit www.leedphil.org/support-us
Recently the Phil has partnered with the ‘give as
you live’ website. By means of a simple sign-up you
can help support the Phil everytime you buy goods
online from many retailers.
To sign up visit www.giveasyoulive.com/
join/leedsphilharmonicsociety.
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By Telephone
0113 224 3801
The Booking Line is open from 10am to 6pm,
Monday to Saturday.
Online
www.leedsconcertseason.com
Access
Patrons with disabilities and their essential carers
may obtain two tickets for the price of one. There
is full wheelchair access to Leeds Town Hall and
wheelchair-accessible toilet facilities on all floors.
A number of spaces in the seating area are reserved
for wheelchair use. Please let the Box Office know
when booking of any special access requirement.
In Person
City Centre Box Office
Leeds Town Hall is equipped with a closed loop
system for the hard of hearing.
The Box Office is open to personal callers from
10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
Concessions
Over 60s:
£1.50 reduction on all tickets.
Under 18s, unwaged, full-time students:
50% reduction on all tickets.
A number of free parking spaces are reserved at the
front of the Town Hall for blue badge-holders.
Support dogs are welcome.
Group Bookings
Discounts are available for groups of ten or more.
Please contact the Box Office for details.
£5 Standby Tickets for Under 26s
If you’re under 26 you can buy tickets in rows
1 – 7 for £5 in the seven days before a concert
(subject to availability).
Phil Promotion Concerts
From Members of the Chorus
Tickets can be bought through individual members
of the chorus for our own-promotion concert,
on 13 December 2014. Speak to Phil members you
know directly or contact [email protected]
The Phil honours all the offers under concessions as
listed above.
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