Halifax Minster Choir is made up of boy and girl choristers, aged between eight and sixteen, and adult singers. Practices take place on Tuesday evenings in term-time with regular Sunday services of Sung Eucharist at 10.30am and before Covid, Choral Evensong at 4.00pm. We hope to relaunch the service of Choral Evensong in the Autumn.
The Minster Singers also sing with the Minster Choir for special services and concerts and the choirs have broadcast live on TV and Radio. Recent events have included the unveiling service for the new Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Memorial in Halifax, BBC Leeds ‘Live’, Come and Sing Fauré Requiem, the Holocaust Memorial Day service, the Summer Festival, the Christmas Tree Festival, as well as our four Christmas Carol services, three Christingle services and our Piece Hall Concert.
Choristers are trained to be proficient and confident musicians as they are expected to perform to a professional standard. All choristers receive free music theory training up to Grade 5 and subsidised instrumental music lessons.
Choristers are also prepared for the Royal School of Church Music Chorister Awards Scheme and the RSCM Voice for Life scheme. Many choristers become proficient instrumental musicians and former choristers have gone on to Music College and University. One is currently a Cathedral Director of Music. Outings and social events are organised on a regular basis to deepen our working bond.
We are always looking for children with basic musical and vocal sensitivity and an enthusiasm for singing. We are more than happy to discuss with parents the opportunities that are available should they have children who might be interested in becoming a chorister. We currently also have vacancies for alto, tenor and bass voices. Click HERE to hear a recent performance. We would be delighted to hear from anyone regarding any aspect of ‘Music at The Minster’ and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org