HSO and HCS rock the HIC!

Harrogate Symphony Orchestra's conductor Bryan Western with Santa Claus during the annual Family Christmas Concert at Harrogate International Centre.
Harrogate Symphony Orchestra's conductor Bryan Western with Santa Claus during the annual Family Christmas Concert at Harrogate International Centre.

Everyone had an amazing time at this year’s Family Christmas Concert held by Harrogate Symphony Orchestra and the Harrogate Choral Society and featuring young singers from 17 local schools.

A total of 330 pupils from schools in Harrogate, Knaresborough and surrounding villages were on stage performing with the combined might of the HSO and HCS to produce one impressive ensemble.

Held at Harrogate International Centre, a special guest dressed in red and white also turned up, joining conductors Marilynne Davies and Bryan Western at the podium.

The audience was also given the opportunity to sing along to their favourite carols in a programme of traditional Christmas favourites.

With an orchestra of 80 players and an experienced choir of 120, this annual event attracted a good crowd.

Both the HSO and Harrogate Choral Society have a busy 2014 ahead of them.

As well as its Spring Concert at the Royal Hall on March 15 with a programme including Beethoven and Sibelius, the HSO is also presenting its Tour de France Gala Concert on June 7. This exciting event will feature cycling-themed works from the classical canon and patriotic works linking the UK and France plus two new commissions to celebrate the arrival of Le Tour.

Harrogate Choral Society, meanwhile, is looking forward to two concerts at the same venue.

On Saturday, March 29, they will be performing Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Amici Ensemble and Andrew Padmore conductor.

On Saturday, June 14, they will be presenting a Best of British event with The Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland.