Sing Hallelujah

Adult Singing Workshop

In 2019 the Mrs Sunderland Festival celebrates its 130th anniversary. Mrs Sunderland not only founded our festival, but she was also a founder member of the world famous “Huddersfield Choral Society”. To mark this event the Huddersfield Choral Society is joining us to present an adult singing workshop and evening concert on selections from Handel’s “Messiah”. Their highly regarded choral director Greg Batsleer will be leading the workshop and the Kirklees Musica Orchestra will accompany us in the concert.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to sing alongside members of the Choral Society in the workshop and evening concert with an orchestra and soloists.



If you are bringing your own copy, the Messiah editions we will be using are;

Novello Handel Edition – edited by Watkins Shaw

Oxford University Press – edited by Clifford Bartlett



“Sing Hallelujah with The Huddersfield Choral Society”

Choir Workshop Items

Part 1

And The Glory
Glory to God
For Unto Us
Glory to God

Part 2

Surely He Has Born Our Griefs
Lift Up Your Heads

Part 3

Worthy is the Lamb

In addition to this;

Solos for Soprano, Alto Tenor and Bass along with showcase choruses by the Huddersfield Choral Society will be added at the evening concert.

If you wish to learn your vocal line prior to the event, there are website contacts which sell discs with individual Messiah vocal parts to help you. e.g.

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“Sing Hallelujah with the Huddersfield Choral Society”

Workshop details

Date:  Sunday February 3rd 2019

Time:  9.00 am to 6.45 pm

Venue:  Huddersfield Town Hall

Workshop Leader:  Greg Batsleer

Accompanist:  Chris Pulleyn

Orchestra: The Musica Youth Symphony Orchestra

Soloists:  TBA


Timetable for the day

9.00 – 9.45 am  Registration

10.00 – 12.30 am  Piano rehearsal (comfort break approx. 11.20 am)

1.15 – 4.30 pm  Rehearsal with orchestra and soloists

5.30 – 6.45 pm (approx.)  Public Concert


Dress Code

Please wear comfortable clothing for the rehearsal. For the evening concert the HCS members will be wearing their choir uniform. Workshop members please dress in any combination of black and white. Men do not need dinner jackets as the choral men are to wear black shirts.

As this is a Sunday event, there are a limited number of café/coffee houses open until 4 pm. You are welcome to eat your packed lunch in the Town Hall.


Book a place on this workshop online

ADULTS Book online HERE 

STUDENTS Aged 16 -18 Book online HERE

Or by POST by filling in the download form HERE

Contact details for queries;

Tel; 01484646441

One form should be sent for each person attending.

Cheques should be made payable to;

“The Mrs Sunderland Music Festival”

Workshop fee: Adults: £20        Students 16 -18 Years Old: £15

Forms and cheques should be sent to;

Charmaine Beaumont

22 Moor Close, Beaumont Park, Huddersfield, HD4 7BP


Snacks and drinks can be purchased in-house at “The Old Court Room”. There are also some cafes open on Sunday afternoon a short distance from the Hall. Otherwise feel free to eat your sandwiches in the Town Hall

Musica Youth Orchestra

Musical Director: Thom Meredith (Principal, Musica Kirklees)

Leader: Benedict Stubbs

Musica Youth Orchestra (MYO), under the umbrella of Musica Kirklees (previously Kirklees Music School), was founded in 2000.  Its aim is to provide high quality orchestral opportunities for students in the area who have reached advanced standards of performance.  The orchestra embraces a variety of genres and styles, from classical to contemporary, film and popular, engaging in project work with other arts organisations and complementary groups from puppet companies to silent movies.  At their recent performance for the screening of the Battle of the Somme film, the reviewer commented: “Everything had to be co-ordinated, so percussion instruments roared as the big guns on the screen were firing.  It was all executed perfectly, and that was clearly no fluke; it was just one example of how exceptionally talented these young musicians are.”

In July 2017 last year, MYO toured northern France, performing in exciting venues in the Loire region and then Honfluer. Over the past fifteen years similar tours have taken the players to Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Saltzburg and the South of France.  MYO has successfully participated in the National Festival of Music for Youth, appearing at the Royal Festival Hall, London, Birmingham Symphony Hall and notably in the Royal Albert Hall in 2012 and 2015 as part of the Schools’ Prom concert series.

Auditions for places in the orchestra are held in the Summer term every year, for further details please contact Gill McDowell via email: or phone: 01484 426426.

Christopher Pulleyn  our rehearsal accompanist

Christopher Pulleyn enjoys a busy and varied career as an accompanist, répétiteur, singer, and choral conductor. A graduate of York University, he now plays for a number of organisation around the North of England, providing piano accompaniment for a number of choirs and organisations, working with young talented instrumentalists at the start of their music career, to established West End Stars and Opera singers from around the world. He is an accompanist at Greenhead College 6th Form College, Leeds College of Music and Hull University, Assistant Musical Director of the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and a répétiteur with Opera North. He performs regularly in concerts and recitals both as an accompanist and a singer.