Holy trinity

A choir tapestry at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton

HOLY Trinity Church in Skipton will host Celestial Voices, a guest mixed-voice choir, in a concert featuring music from the 15th century to the present day on Saturday 9th October.

The hour-long concert will be conducted by Janet Kelsey, with William Campbell as accompanist.

The program, A Choral Tapestry, is so named because the choir will sing music displaying a wide variety of colors, textures and moods by composers from countries including France, Britain, the United States and Austria.

Some pieces will be unaccompanied, such as Ubi Caritas by Duruflé and Bring Us, O Lord God by Harris. Others will have fascinating and magnificent accompaniments like Tundra by Gjeilo and the Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré.

The full power of the Holy Trinity organ will be heard in Ireland’s Greater Love Hath No Man, as well as in the organ solo, played by Leeds Minster organ specialist William Campbell.

Particular favorites such as The Heavens are Telling from Haydn’s Creation and A Gaelic Blessing from Rutter are sure to be popular.

The 26-person choir says it is delighted to present the concert, which was originally scheduled for April 2020 in France but thwarted by the Covid.

The singers all participate in a business set up by Janet Kelsey called Chateau Singing Holidays. Its aim is to combine intense singing workshops with a stay in a magnificent castle hotel in France, in good company, eating and singing for five days, then presenting a concert.

Janet, an accomplished music professional and young Yorkshire girl, was Head of Music at Hymers College Hull and was also occasional choirmaster for the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the Yorkshire Bach Choir before moving to Norfolk to teach music at Gresham’s School. .

In 2019 Janet moved to France and hosted the very successful first Château Singing Holidays workshop in Poitiers in July 2019.

Covid forced the April 2020 course to be postponed and following two further cancellations due to overseas travel concerns, the decision was made to hold this workshop in Skipton. The singers come from Norfolk, Sheffield, York and Farnborough.

The concert on Saturday October 6 begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free with an outgoing collection.