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The Bradford Chorale rehearse at Northcliffe Church, Hall Royd, Shipley, Bradford, BD18 3ED, 7.30 to 9.30 on Tuesday evenings.

We started life as The James Ashworth Singers giving its first concert in Thornton Parish Church in April 1976. It later move to the Unitarian Church near St Luke's Hospital to be more central for members coming around the area.

Musical Directors: James Ashworth, Douglas Robinson, John Coates, Tricia Platts, Carleton Etherington, Andrew Dibb, Elizabeth Altman, John Griffiths, Christopher Rathbone, Paul Dewhurst, Jonathan Eyre, Jon Payne, Dr Ed Jones, Tom Carr and Jenny Martins. Tom and Jenny shared the Musical Director/Accompanist rolls very effectively but Jenny has moved on to other things and Tom became sole Musical Director in January 2021. We are very happy that Jenny visits us from time to time to standin for Tom when he has other duties.

Our repertoire is wide and varied, from a backbone of traditional masses and oratorios of composers such as Haydn, Vivaldi, Faure, Mendelssohn and Mozart, to madrigals, part-songs, opera choruses and arranged pieces spanning the centuries and embracing a variety of styles. The choir performs regularly in venues in and around Bradford, including Bradford Cathedral, Bradford Grammar School, Bradford Girl's Grammar School, St. Paul's Church in Shipley, and Victoria Hall in Saltaire. The choir has enjoyed collaborating with great soloists and orchestras, such as James Laing (counter tenor), Wendy Goodson (soprano), The Mowbray Orchestra, The Sinfonia of Leeds, Airedale Symphony Orchestra, and many more.

The choir maintains a singing strength of around 45 voices (a sizeable core of whom have been members since the founding of the choir), It is always keen to recruit new voices in all parts and applications from new singing members will always be welcomed.

We sing 4 main concerts each year, perform in Haworth's Torchlight Procession and regularly sing for organisations such as Bradford Industrial Museum, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs, and for wedding celebrations, etc. The Lord Mayor of Bradford is our Patron and we are grateful for the support he gives us.
Tom began playing the piano at the age of seven and has performed in a range of styles, genres and venues over the years, including the Sage, Gateshead, Huddersfield Town Hall, Harewood House, Bradford Cathedral, Leeds Cathedral and at Leeds College of Music. Tom has performed concertos by Poulenc and Beethoven and is an examiner for ABRSM, working throughout the world, including Hong Kong, Singapore and China.
In addition, Tom teaches piano privately and accompanies professionally. He has a huge passion for liturgical music and is also the Director of Music at St. Anne's RC Church in Keighley. Tom has been conducting The Bradford Chorale, since the summer, much to the enjoyment of the choir.

The Bradford Chorale is a registered charity no 517197

For further information please phone 01274 832723, email info@bradfordchorale.org.uk or visit www:bradfordchorale.org.uk.