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On Saturday 17th October 2015 the choir celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a gala concert, 'Sounding Brass and Voices', at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, conducted by Barry Jordan, along with The West Yorkshire Police Brass Ensemble, directed by Dave Collins. A diverse programme of some of our finer pieces was performed, accompanied by Julie Boocock (flute), Liz Kenwood (oboe), Giles Taylor (organ) and Pat Jordan (piano). The church was packed to capacity, with more than 250 people in the audience, and our performance was very warmly received. Participants and audience alike felt we had had a wonderful evening with tremendous atmosphere.

It was hoped that the concert would raise £3000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Members of the choir made donations beforehand to cover the expenses of the band, so all the ticket sale money went to the charity, along with some additional donations on the night. In the event, we overshot the target by a wide margin, and were delighted to find we had raised £3750!

We are very grateful to all of the guests who supported our performance, particularly to the band, who gave us some great foot-tapping music in their solos and very well-judged accompaniment in the joint pieces. We are especially thankful to Lidgett Park Methodist Church for hosting the occasion, and to the audience who turned out in such numbers and made it so successful.

A cheque was presented to Helen Murray-Sharpe for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at a choir rehearsal in November 2015.

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Presentation of the cheque to the Air Ambulance. Click to enlarge More pictures in the Gallery

NEXT ENGAGEMENT

Saturday 24th June 2017 - Trip to Derbyshire Well Dressings and concert at Swanwick Methodist Church

Listen to some of our concert items:

Non Nobis Domine'Non Nobis Domine' - Roger Quilter, Garforth Methodist Church, 1st April 2017

Non Nobis Domine 'Benedictus' - Brian Lewis, Garforth Methodist Church, 1st April 2017

Non Nobis Domine 'Be Still'- Mary Macdonald

Non Nobis Domine 'Angel Tidings' (Nov 2014)

Non Nobis Domine 'Brother James's Air'

 

The Wesley Singers are a choir of about 38 members who come from various churches within the Leeds Methodist District.  The group was formed in 1985 under the direction of David Carr specifically to introduce the new hymn book, ‘Hymns and Psalms’.  Now, 30 years later, the choir gives ten or more concerts each year as well as taking part in worship services.  The Wesley Singers are pleased to accept invitations to sing in chapels throughout the district.  Their concert programmes are based on sacred music together with lighter secular items, solos, readings and humorous monologues. 

The programme for the coming months is as follows (blue items, click for programme details)

Click here for programme details of past events

 

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Barry & Pat Jordan, our conductor and accompanist

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Pat and Barry Jordan Biography

Pat and Barry Jordan met at Bretton Hall College of Education whilst teacher training.  Their first home was in Pudsey where Pat taught at the Grammar School and was organist at St Andrew’s Central Methodist Church.  Barry taught music in schools in Bradford and in 1978 became choirmaster at St Andrew’s, a post he held until 1990.  During this period he was also Musical Director for both Rawdon Amateur Operatic Society and Buttershaw Amateur Operatic Society.

Pat taught piano at Bradford Grammar School from 1988 to 2013 and has been the accompanist for Otley Choral Society since 2000.  She has accompanied the Wesley Singers since 1988, and in September 2003 Barry joined the Wesley Singers as their conductor on the retirement of their founder, David Carr.  Barry was appointed deputy conductor for Otley Choral Society in 2008 and since September 2015 has been the musical director for Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies.

Pat and Barry now live in Calverley where Barry is Organist and Choirmaster at the Methodist Church.  In 1998 they joined with other musicians and the choir at the church to give a palm court concert.  Since then the ‘Palm Court Quintet and Singers’ have gone from strength to strength, giving concerts at many churches in the Leeds Bradford area.  Pat and Barry are also members of the Dalehurst Trio which performs music for flute, violin and piano.

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