Choir News

News and information for people who are united by a love of singing and a commitment to Overgate Hospice.


Philip Webb

i Jan 29th No Comments by

It is with sadness that the death of former choir member Philip Webb is announced. His funeral will be held at 11.00 am on Thursday 11 February 2016 in St. Matthew’s Church, Northowram followed by a private family burial at Heywood Chapel, Northowram

Raising money for Overgate Hospice

i Jan 25th No Comments by

DSC02490Choir member Ann Normanton has been making articles to sell to friends, choir and church members at her annual Christmas Fairs since 2003. In 2015 her efforts raised £106 for Overgate Hospice.

Rehearsals for the Hymn Sing

i Jan 25th No Comments by

Gordon Stewart will be taking the rehearsals for the Hymn Sing on 30 March, 6 April and 13 April in preparation for the Hymn Sing  on Saturday 16 April. We should attend at least 2 of the 3 rehearsals to take part in the Hymn Sing.

Hymn Sing Programme 2016

i Jan 17th No Comments by

We are delighted that RACHEL MOSLEY, soprano from Opera North, will be joining us again this year.

O praise ye the Lord, praise Him in the height       Laudate Dominum [Parry]

Crown Him with many crowns      Diademata

The King of love my Shepherd  is       St Columba

Choir – John Bell: Take this moment

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind      Skye Boat Song

Soloist & Choir -Mozart: Laudate Dominum from the Vespers

The Servant King      [Kendrick]

Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer      Cwm Rhondda


Will your anchor hold?      Kirkpatrick

Soloist & Choir – Henry Mollicone: Hear me, Redeemer

O Love that wilt not let me go       St Margaret

Choir – Lindley: Ave Maria      SATB version

Organ Solo

To God be the glory, great things He hath done      [Doane]

Choir – Williams: We walk by faith

Come let us sing of a wonderful love, tender and true

Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son      Maccabeus





i Jan 4th No Comments by
Simon Lindley

Simon Lindley


Dr Simon Lindley, our Music Director since 1997,

sends a special New Year message to all OHC Website readers:

A very Happy New Year to all!




Firstly, much gratitude goes to all for a very enjoyable and fulfilling evening of Carols at the Minster in Halifax on the Saturday before Christmas; a great time was had by everyone! Very well done.

Can it really be a quarter of a century down the line since the great Voices for Hospices initiative sponsored initially by British Telecom and all those simultaneous performances of Haydn’s Creation set off by the late and much-loved Earl of Harewood from my own place of work at what was then Leeds Parish Church? At home in 1991, we had the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus under Sir Charles Groves.

Here in Halifax, this memorable event was directed at the Victoria Theatre by our Founder-Conductor Donald Maxwell-Timmins MBE. The rest, as they say, is history.

In October 2016, Overgate Hospice Choir reprises the magnificent music of Haydn by a special gala performance of The Creation in All Saints’ Church, Elland, whose superb support of OHC events over the past 25 years has been, and continues to be, so very much valued. It is a delight to announce that, thanks to a generous sponsor, we will have our friends Sally Robinson and her National Festival Orchestra with us as well as a gala team of soloists and Alan Horsey at the organ.

Another of our regular venues is, of course, Halifax Minster and we visit the Minster in May of this year for our special concert in celebration of the 90th birthday year of Her Majesty The Queen. Before all that, we’re at Brighouse Central Methodist Church for our Annual Hymnsing conducted and hosted by the ever-expert and highly genial Dr Gordon Stewart on Saturday 16 April at 7.30 pm.

A personal note

Besides my work with the Overgate Choir, I am privileged to conduct both Sheffield Bach Choir and Doncaster Choral Society; many Overgaters will know that these three ensembles are additional to my longest established choral appointment, that of Music Director to St Peter’s Singers. I am indeed fortunate to be remaining for the foreseeable future with SPS after my forthcoming retirement from Leeds Minster in the Summer of 2016. At Leeds Town Hall, where I have held office as City Organist since January 1976, the City Council have asked me to programme the upcoming season 2016/17 and this will be my final series of concerts in post.

I go to the Royal Northern College of Music to take fortnightly classes in Organ Skills and Church Music. That’s a very early start from Pudsey most Tuesdays.

Among other activities, I am an elected member of the Trustee Council of the Royal College of Organists, a Director of the English Hymnal Company, and, as Grand Organist to the United Grand Lodge of England from 2010 to 2012, a member of the organ working party of the United Grand Lodge of English Freemasons responsible for the supervision of the restoration and rebuilding of the Willis organ in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, WC. I have served as Provincial Grand Organist for the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding for six years and visit Halifax regularly as Organist to the Richard Gill Chapter of the Masonic Rose Croix order.