OVERGATE HOSPICE CHOIR

Our choir is an acclaimed choir of 80 voices, supporting the work of Overgate Hospice.

Overgate Hospice Choir was specially formed in 1991 to sing Haydn’s Creation as part of the National Voices for Hospices event which resulted in 113 simultaneous performances of the work throughout the United Kingdom.

The Choir was formed by Philip Taylor and Donald Maxwell-Timmins for the purpose of participating in the prototype event.

Taking part in that nationwide event in 1991 were 3500 musicians, 20,000 singers and audiences of 24,000 people. Overgate’s own performance in Halifax Parish Church, now Halifax Minster, attracted an audience of some 600 and was pronounced an outstanding success. The financial benefit was over £3000 and nationally the figure exceeded £400,000.

Since that inaugural concert, the members of Overgate Hospice Choir have continued to meet and now produce four concerts a year together with other smaller performances. As far as is known, Overgate was the first Hospice to have its own choir formed specifically and solely for the purpose of raising money for the hospice. Other groups have followed but it is believed that Overgate was the very first in that particular field.
The total sum raised for Overgate by this choir now surpasses £300,000. The grateful thanks of all goes to many individuals, businesses and trusts who have generously sponsored, and who continue to sponsor, our concerts – ensuring maximum funding for the Hospice.

The choir rehearses every Wednesday. If you are interested in joining please email enquiries@overgatehospicechoir.co.uk or call 01422 361422.

For further information about the Overgate Hospice Choir please visit www.overgatehospicechoir.co.uk