Choir News

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


Kathryn Woodruff’s Funeral Service

i Jul 24th No Comments by

Simon wishes us to know that Kate’s daughters (Ellie and Laurie) and everybody at the Minster in Leeds will be very happy to welcome friends from choirs associated with Kate at the service this coming Friday.

Date and time: Friday 29 July  at 11.00

Place: Leeds Minster

Meeting time and place: 9.45 am entry via the North East (Choir) door

Dress: Gentlemen – jacket, collar and tie. Ladies – Kate LOVED scarves!

Music: Rutter’s “For the beauty of the earth” (SATB version). The hymns are ” Great is thy faithfulness” and ” Be still, my soul”





Yorkshire Day

i Jul 20th No Comments by

We have been invited to support the singing in a service for Yorkshire Day on MONDAY 1 AUGUST 2016 in HALIFAX MINSTER.  There will be a rehearsal at 10.00 am in Halifax Minster followed by the service at 11.00 which should last about an hour. We shall not be wearing concert dress but something appropriate for the occasion. Halifax Choral Society are contributing 10 voices. If you would like to take part in this event please let Carol know on 01484 723400.

Kathryn Woodruff

i Jul 18th No Comments by

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01OUR FRIEND KATE

Veteran of almost a dozen major Overgate concerts over more than twenty years, and one of the finest singers of her generation, Kathryn Woodruff – whose life came to an end peacefully at home in Leeds on Sunday 10 July – was a regular visitor to our Calderdale venues of choice since her first appearance with us as the mezzo in Elijah in November 1993; she was to sing the same work with us in 2003 and 2013, bringing a wondrous combination of warm humanity and intense drama to the alto’s varied roles in this great work.

Kate was also our alto of choice for the memorable account of Verdi’s Requiem presented a decade ago this autumn in the Victoria Theatre. But she sang in much else too – Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle [October 1998 at Halifax Parish Church], Elgar’s Music Makers in 2007 at the same venue and particularly notably in John Rutter’s Feel the Spirit at Elland All Saints in October 2008. These were visionary performances in which her magnificent voice soared with a combination of effortless ease of control and an intensely emotive spirit.

She came regularly to assist with Singing Days at Blackley and, whenever she visited and for whatever reason, she was invariably a hugely popular and welcome guest amongst us.

Kathryn was easy of address and would talk to, and encourage, anyone and everyone. Her generosity of spirit shone through her musical artistry and her whole personality.

We will miss her enormously and send our deep sympathy to her daughters Ellie and Laurie at this time.

Simon Lindley.

The funeral service is at 11.00 am in Leeds Minster on Friday 29 July.


Choir photograph

i Jul 16th No Comments by

A new photograph of the Choir will be taken on WEDNESDAY 10 AUGUST at  OVERGATE HOSPICE. Please meet on the drive at the Hospice at 6.15 wearing concert dress and carrying  the music folder we use in concerts. After the photograph has been taken we shall go to St. Jude’s Parish Hall for a rehearsal (in concert dress).

Please check this Members’ Area on Wednesday 10 August. If the photograph is postponed until Wednesday 17 August, due to inclement weather, a notice will be on this page.