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.

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.


Gregory Batsleer – Choral Director of the Huddersfield Choral Society

Gregory Batsleer is one of the UK's most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. In addition to his role of Choral Director with the Huddersfield Choral Society, Greg is also Chorus Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus (since January 2015) and of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra Chorus (since 2009). He is also principal conductor of the National Portrait Gallery’s Portrait Choir. He has previously held the position of Director of the Hallé Youth Choir (2008-11) and Director of Choirs at Manchester University (2009-13).

Gregory is also heavily committed to work outside of the classical music world and is Artistic Director of innovative live music company Pencil Presents. He has worked as music supervisor and consultant on performance and recording projects with artists including Elbow, James, Clean Bandit, Damon Albarn and New Order. He has a close working relationship with composer Joe Duddell and has premiered works by composers including Colin Metters, Uri Caine and Ben Parry.

Gregory began choral singing at the age of nine as a member of the Manchester Boys Choir and later went on to hold scholarships at Princeton University and the Royal College of Music. He has received tuition and support from leading musicians including Baldur Brönniman, Martyn Brabbins, Sian Edwards, Simon Carrington and Simon Halsey. On his return to the UK in 2008 and co-founded and directed the Manchester Consort as well as taking up the role of Director of the Hallé Youth Choir(2008-11) and went on to direct and lead the Manchester University Chorus (2009-13). He graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2012, where he majored in vocal studies.

He has also previously held successful associations with the Amadeus Orchestra and RNCM Outreach Department. As a guest conductor, highlights include performances with the Hallé, Academy of Ancient Music, New Century Baroque, Brandenburg Sinfonia, Royal College of Music Baroque Orchestra, members of Florilegium, Rodolfus Choir, the chapel choir at Royal Naval College Greenwich. He has appeared at festivals including Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Three Choirs Festival and the Latitude festival. He has been guest chorus master for orchestras including Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic, working with leading international conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Markus Stenz, Adam Fischer, Louis Langrée, Sir Roger Norrington and Robin Ticciati.

Gregory Batsleer’s outstanding work as a choral director was recognised with the 2015 Arts Foundation’s first-ever Fellowship in Choral Conducting.