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 24th February 2018, 7.00pm - Concert at St Peter's, Rawdon
- Saturday 10th March, 2.30pm - Concert and Cream Tea at Lofthouse Methodist Church
- Sunday 18th March, 6.00pm - Stainer's The Crucifixion at Whitkirk Parish Church
- Saturday 28th April - 30th Anniversary Concert at Whingate Methodist Church
- Saturday 9th June, 7.00pm - 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)
The Wesley Singers at the Bexley Wing — click here
Barry & Pat Jordan, our conductor and accompanist
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 was the accompanist for Otley Choral Society from 2000 to 2017. She has accompanied the Wesley Singers since 1988, and in September 2003 Barry joined the Wesley Singers on the retirement of their founder conductor, David Carr. Barry became deputy conductor for Otley Choral Society in 2008 and from September 2015 was musical director for both Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies, retiring in April 2017 after conducting a total of 18 major concerts for the two societies.
Pat and Barry live in Calverley where Barry is Organist at the Methodist Church. In 1998 they joined with other musicians and the choir at the church to give a palm court concert. The ‘Palm Court Quintet and Singers’ gave 79 concerts between 1998 and 2016 at churches in the Leeds Bradford area. Pat and Barry are also members of the Dalehurst Trio which regularly gives concerts and performs music for flute, violin and piano.
January –no rehearsal on 4th& 11th, rehearsals on 18th & 25th
February –rehearsal on 1st, no rehearsal on 8th, rehearsals on 15th (communion) &22nd
March –rehearsals on 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, no rehearsals on 29th March & 5thApril
April –rehearsals on 12th, 19th& 26th
May –rehearsals on 3rd, 10th, 17th, no rehearsals on 24th & 31st
June –rehearsals on 7th & 14th(last rehearsal this season)
On December 11th 2017 The Wesley Singers sang a programme of Christmas music in the foyer of the Bexley Wing of St James's Hospital in Leeds. The Yorkshire Cancer Appeal described it thus: 'The hugely talented The Wesley Singers performed in Bexley Wing in Monday 11th December providing a diverse range of wonderful music and Christmas cheer for patients, visitors and staff.'
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.
Picture by Steve Fox of Foxpics
On Saturday 17th October 2015 the choir celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a gala concert, 'Sounding Brass and Voices', at Lidgett Park Methodist Church, conducted by Barry Jordan, along with The West Yorkshire Police Brass Ensemble, directed by Dave Collins. A diverse programme of some of our finer pieces was performed, accompanied by Julie Boocock (flute), Liz Kenwood (oboe), Giles Taylor (organ) and Pat Jordan (piano). The church was packed to capacity, with more than 250 people in the audience, and our performance was very warmly received. Participants and audience alike felt we had had a wonderful evening with tremendous atmosphere.
It was hoped that the concert would raise £3000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Members of the choir made donations beforehand to cover the expenses of the band, so all the ticket sale money went to the charity, along with some additional donations on the night. In the event, we overshot the target by a wide margin, and were delighted to find we had raised £3750!
We are very grateful to all of the guests who supported our performance, particularly to the band, who gave us some great foot-tapping music in their solos and very well-judged accompaniment in the joint pieces. We are especially thankful to Lidgett Park Methodist Church for hosting the occasion, and to the audience who turned out in such numbers and made it so successful.
A cheque was presented to Helen Murray-Sharpe for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at a choir rehearsal in November 2015.
Presentation of the cheque to the Air Ambulance. Click to enlarge More pictures in the Gallery