York Musical Society (YMS) will join forces with Coventry Cathedral Chorus to sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 15 June.
Come along and hear YMS rehearse with Principal Conductor David Pipe. See the effort that goes into preparing for a large choir performance, and enjoy extracts of this dramatic and rousing work.
YMS open rehearsals have proved very popular with York Festival of Ideas audiences in recent years. Feedback from last year includes: “very enjoyable and illuminating”, “worked hard to a very high standard”and “loved the friendly approach and attention to detail”.
The Coventry concert on 15 June is the latest collaboration between YMS and Coventry Cathedral Chorus (formerly Saint Michael’s Singers) directed by Paul Leddington Wright. The two choirs combined to sing the Verdi Requiem in York Minster and Coventry Cathedral in 2014. The review in the York Press said: “The Dies Irae always hits the spot, but with forces unleashed by this massive choir, orchestra and the Minster acoustic, the sense of power radiating from the score was awesome. Conductor David Pipe controlled these huge forces with remarkable musical sensitivity.”
Refreshments will be available. The nearest car parking is at Marygate.
About the performers
David Pipe, Principal Conductor of YMS, has led the choir since 2012. He was Assistant Director of Music at York Minster before moving in 2016 to the Diocese of Leeds, where he is Director of the Organists’ Training Programme and Cathedral Organist.
York Musical Society (YMS) is one of York’s largest choral societies, performing regularly in the Minster and at St Lawrence’s Church. Find out more here.