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, and now Dr Ed Jones who joined us this autumn.

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.

Our Musical Director comes from Aberdeen where the dulcet tones of a counter-tenor inspired him to join a choir, and ultimately learn the organ. A small biographical leap then found him as Assistant Organist to The Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Aberdeen. In 2015 he undertook the position of Organ Scholar to Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire.

He then moved south in search of the kingdom of El Dorado but stopped temporarily in Exeter as Organ Scholar. Here his duties included playing at the Cathedral, rehearsing and conducting the trebles, as well as directing and accompanying the University Chapel Choir in services and concerts. He has recently moved to Bradford Cathedral, playing for the daily evensongs, rehearsing and directing the various configurations of the cathedral choir, while adding another element to his multicultural accent.

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Aberdeen in 2011 and then finished his studies for a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Aberdeen in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Paul Mealor and Dr Phillip Cooke on choral works. Recent works include some SATB responses, a song cycle of William Blake settings, various liturgical motets, and the odd psalm chant.

Our talented accompanist, 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. He 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, including for The Bradford Chorale. He has a huge passion for liturgical music and is also the Director of Music at St. Anne's RC Church in Keighley.
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The Bradford Chorale is a registered charity no 517197

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As a conductor, he has directed groups ranging from the University of Exeter Chapel Choir to the University of Aberdeen's Opera Society's production of Carmen and Die Zauberflöte. Since taking up the organ, he still often sings alto in various choirs, bass when required, and tenor when in absolute desperation.

Besides his musical life, Ed is a keen distance runner, does Guyanese wood-carving, and likes beer.