Choir News

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


Changes to concert programme – postponement and cancellation

i Mar 15th No Comments by

Dear Choir Members

At the committee meeting this morning we took the decision that in the best interests of choir members and audience we are POSTPONING our performance of Messiah owing to the uncertainty surrounding Coronavirus.
It is very disappointing for us all especially as we were really looking forward to the concert and so many of us (including me) love to sing Messiah. A future date is to be arranged.

We also made the decision to CANCEL our concert in June at All Saints when we were going to perform The Mikado.


• Please get in touch with anyone you have sold tickets to and inform them that the concert is postponed but to keep their ticket for future use. If anyone requires a refund, please get in touch with Sue Rosborough.
• It would be helpful if you could be responsible for placing a “POSTPONED” sign over any posters you have distributed.
• Any outstanding subscriptions can be posted to Sue Rosborough, Lakeside House, 97 Bar Lane, Ripponden, HX6 4BN. £80 is extended to the end of March and afterwards it will be £85. Please send an e-mail via the choir’s e-mail address asking for Sue to send the bank details if you wish to pay via online banking.

Our next committee meeting is on 3 April and I will update you further after that.

Please could you acknowledge receipt of this email so that I know that all choir members are aware of these arrangements.

I for one will miss Wednesday nights and seeing all of you but feel that under the present circumstances this is the best course of action.

With very best wishes to you all and keep well

Dates for Light Up A Life and Carol Singing

i Sep 18th No Comments by

Here are some dates for your diaries:

Light Up A Life is held, this year, at the Minster on Sunday 24th November at 2:30pm.

We will also be singing carols in the Piece Hall on Sunday 1st December between 12pm and 1pm.

Choir Rules

i Aug 4th No Comments by

These rules regard the general running of the choir and the meetings which need to occur to ensure that the running is fair and inclusive. Please read them at your convenience.

Come Sing Evensong – Halifax Minster – July 7th

i Jul 6th No Comments by

Apologies for the short notice but please see the flyer below.

Kathie Rhodes – choir obituary

i May 26th No Comments by

The choir was very sad to learn of Kathie’s death on 3 May

Kathie joined the choir ten years ago and has been a loyal
and regular singer in the alto section since.

In 2016, she became membership secretary and took her duties
and her role as a committee member very seriously. Kathie was fastidious in
keeping membership records up to date and looking after new members, providing
them with information about the choir and any items they needed.

Kathie was diagnosed with lung cancer around eighteen months ago and fought this bravely and silently for some months. She wanted no fuss and initially only told choir members for whom she felt there may be some impact as a result of her treatment.

Kathie was a valued committee member and has made many
astute observations and offered appropriate suggestions and advice during her
years on the committee.  Her quiet and
calm approach was very much appreciated as was her sense of humour.

Kathie was always ready to help with any extra jobs that
arose and did much in a wholly unassuming and efficient way behind the scenes.

Kathie will always be remembered for all her varied contributions
to Overgate Hospice Choir and as  a true
friend and colleague.

Members of the choir were honoured to be accorded the privilege
of singing at Kathie’s thanksgiving service at Parkwood.

Our love and thoughts go to her family and close friends at
this time.