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Magazine Article on “Creation” for publicity purposes

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A special silver jubilee performance of


at All Saints’ Elland on Saturday 8 October at 7.00 accompanied by the National Festival Orchestra with soloists Ella Taylor, Paul Dutton and Thom Meredith marking the 25th anniversary of the first performance by Overgate Hospice Choir at Halifax Minster in 1991.

A number of members of the Choir have sustained continuous membership over the years and some have sung at every concert and event since that first pioneering effort – a nationwide endeavour set off on Radio 2 by the late Earl of Harewood.

It is certain that the Overgate group was among the very first choirs in Britain to be formed specifically and solely for the benefit of its community’s local hospice and this continues to be the aim today. The group operates on a full-time basis for over ten months each year. Weekly rehearsals are held at St Jude’s Church Hall in Savile Park by getting on for 100 singers. There are four main concerts each season.

Tickets for the October concert are now available from Choir members, at all the usual outlets including Harvey’s, Shoesmith’s, the Hospice at Hullen Edge and also on line from the Choir’s Website – – through “We Got Tickets”.

The work presents the absorbing story of the Creation in astonishing terms, with vivid representations of the original state of chaos at the outset and of the creation of the animals as the music proceeds. Haydn was at the height of his considerable creative powers when he completed the piece in 1798 and the superb choruses are interspersed with arias for the soloists on their own and together in ensemble. 2016 will be the fourth occasion on which the Choir has presented Creation.

Conductor Dr Simon Lindley has served as Music Director of Overgate Hospice Choir since 1997 with Choir accompanist/organist Alan Horsey and Chorus Master Gordon Normanton making up the musical “team”. Around 150 vocalists and instrumentalists are involved.

A wonderful evening is guaranteed! Gratitude goes particularly to Father David Burrows, Rector of Elland and colleagues at All Saints’ for allowing us to use this magnificent church.

You don’t have to be a music-lover to enjoy Creation – the experience is one of the most magical in the whole of Western culture! Come prepared to smile and be thrilled by this magnificent music.

Thanks to very generous sponsorship by Grand Central Railway and Sellers International Ltd. of Huddersfield all ticket and programme sales go to the work of Overgate – the Choir has raised £277,626 for Hospice funds over the past quarter of a century.