The Wesley Singers are a choir of about 38 members who come from various churches within the Leeds Methodist District. The group was formed in 1985 under the direction of David Carr specifically to introduce the new hymn book, ‘Hymns and Psalms’. Now, 30 years later, the choir gives ten or more concerts each year as well as taking part in worship services. The Wesley Singers are pleased to accept invitations to sing in chapels throughout the district. Their concert programmes are based on sacred music together with lighter secular items, solos, readings and humorous monologues.
The programme for the coming months is as follows (blue items, click for programme details)
- Saturday 25th November, 2.30pm - Concert at St Andrew's Methodist Church, Halifax
- Saturday 2nd December, 2.30pm, Christmas Concert at Adel Methodist Church, with tea
- Monday 11th December, 12 noon-1 pm, Christmas Carols in the foyer of the Beckett Wing, St James's Hospital
- Saturday 24th February 2018 - Concert at St Peter's, Rawdon
- Saturday 10th March, 2.30pm - Concert and Cream Tea at Lofthouse Methodist Church
- Sunday 18th March - Stainer's The Crucifixion at Whitkirk Parish Church
- Saturday 28th April - Concert at Whingate Methodist Church
- Saturday 9th June - Concert at Lidgett Park Methodist Church
- Saturday, 16th June - Afternoon Concert at St John's Burlington Methodist Church, Bridlington
- Saturday, 1st December 2018 Advent and Christmas Music at The Grove Church, Horsforth
Click here for programme details of past events
Listen to some of our concert items:
'Non Nobis Domine' - Roger Quilter, Garforth Methodist Church, 1st April 2017
'Benedictus' - Brian Lewis, Garforth Methodist Church, 1st April 2017
'Be Still'- Mary Macdonald
'Angel Tidings' (Nov 2014)
Barry & Pat Jordan, our conductor and accompanist
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Pat and Barry Jordan Biography
Pat and Barry Jordan met at Bretton Hall College of Education whilst teacher training. Their first home was in Pudsey where Pat taught at the Grammar School and was organist at St Andrew’s Central Methodist Church. Barry taught music in schools in Bradford and in 1978 became choirmaster at St Andrew’s, a post he held until 1990. During this period he was also Musical Director for both Rawdon Amateur Operatic Society and Buttershaw Amateur Operatic Society.
Pat taught piano at Bradford Grammar School from 1988 to 2013 and has been the accompanist for Otley Choral Society since 2000. She has accompanied the Wesley Singers since 1988, and in September 2003 Barry joined the Wesley Singers as their conductor on the retirement of their founder, David Carr. Barry was appointed deputy conductor for Otley Choral Society in 2008 and since September 2015 has been the musical director for Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies.
Pat and Barry now live in Calverley where Barry is Organist and Choirmaster at the Methodist Church. In 1998 they joined with other musicians and the choir at the church to give a palm court concert. Since then the ‘Palm Court Quintet and Singers’ have gone from strength to strength, giving concerts at many churches in the Leeds Bradford area. Pat and Barry are also members of the Dalehurst Trio which performs music for flute, violin and piano.
The Wesley Singers took part in a service on Saturday 1st July at Lidgett Park Methodist Church to mark the end of the Leeds Methodist District, which is being merged into a new Yorkshire West District.
The first conductor of The Wesley Singers, Mr David Carr, who has sung in the bass section since his retirement as conductor, has decided that the time has come to retire from singing. It was very fortunate that the Revd Roger Ducker, who was Chair of the Leeds District when the choir was formed 32 years ago, was invited to the service and that he was able to present flowers and a card to David on this, his last appearance with the Wesley Singers. David has done so much for the choir over the years, not only as its founding conductor, but also as a valuable member of the bass section and occasional contributor of interludes to our concerts. David will be sadly missed amongst our fellowship. Thank you again David for all you have done.