The choir’s initial focus for 2017 is very much Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria’, for our performance as the main item in our Spring Recital in Skipton on 1st April. It is a piece very few of us have sung before, but is coming together well. It is full of beautiful harmonies, with a few unexpected key changes to trip the unwary!

As a contrast, we are continuing with some of our part songs for concerts later in the year. George Shearing’s arrangement of the well-known ‘Who is Sylvia?’ is particularly emotive.
There are also 2 Billy Joel pieces – ‘And so it Goes’ and ‘Lullabye’. These include a solo and quartet from the male section of the choir.

The men also feature in ‘Die Nacht’ by Schubert, whilst the ladies come into their own with Bob Chilcott’s ‘Can you hear me?’ and ‘Lift Thine Eyes’ from Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’.

The Spiritual ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ and John Denver’s ‘Perhaps Love’ will also form part of future concerts this year. All in all, a very diverse repertoire!