Horbury Singers

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Christmas Concert

Saturday 10 December 2022

St Peter’s and St Leonard’s Church, Wakefield

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Horbury Singers are Back!

We are delighted to announce that Horbury Singers will once again sing together as a full choir after many months of Zoom practices and outdoor sessions in Carr Lodge Park.

Our weekly rehearsals will recommence at 7.00 pm on Thursday 2nd September at West Wakefield Methodist Church, Thornes Road, Wakefield, WF2 8QR.

We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible and also welcome new members who would like to join our friendly and successful ladies choir.


Horbury Singers was formed in 1972 and is a friendly, closely knit organisation, where, over the years, many friendships have been formed.

We presently have over 50 members and are always happy to welcome new faces, who can be assured of a warm and caring reception. An ability to read music is not a criteria for joining: simply a love of music and an enthusiasm to sing are the most important factors, so if you fit the bill please get in touch.

We work hard to promote music to the best advantage in the community and regularly perform in charity events both locally and further afield. We pride ourselves on offering a very varied concert program and strive hard to maintain a continuing high standard of performance.

We thank our supporters for their continuing loyalty and also look forward to welcoming new audiences in the future.

Music Team

Edward Whelan

Musical Director

Edward Whelan became the musical director of the Horbury Singers in September 2016. He developed his conducting skills with the Leeds Male Voice Choir under the tutelage of Tim Knight. Edward holds a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Postgraduate Degree in Musical Composition from the University of Huddersfield. He is qualified to Grade 8 level in both piano and violin. Edward currently teaches piano and performs regularly at weddings whilst composing in his spare time.

Alan Franks


Alan joined the choir as accompanist in January 2009. Born in Barnsley, he has played piano since the age of 8, achieving success in local music festivals. He studied for musical examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, gaining a distinction. During 33 years service with the West Yorkshire Police, Alan maintained his interest in music having also been accompanist for the Wakefield Chorus since 1985. He also stands in as guest accompanist for a number of choirs in the local area.

Ruth Strydom

Deputy Musical Director and Accompanist

Music has always been an integral part of Ruth's life since she took up the piano at the tender age of 6. Always intent on furthering herself, her qualifications include a diploma and BA in Music with the Open University and the title of ALCM. Today, Ruth's dedication to her passion is just as strong, as she fulfils her role with the Horbury Singers alongside her other commitments which include being Musical Director and Accompanist of the Parkside Singers, Organist and Worship Leader at Rothwell Methodist Church and Keyboard/Piano teacher at Rothwell Music Centre.

Colin Leech

Former Musical Director

Horbury Singers owes its existence to the talent and dedication of our previous Musical Director of over 30 years standing, the late Colin Leech.

Colin started his conducting career with the Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir in 1963 and four years later he took over as Conductor of Wombwell Mixed Choir. Colin was also conductor of Horbury Singers (originally Horbury Ladies Choir) from 1972 and Retford Male Voice Choir from 1986. During his long career Colin often conducted massed choirs at events such as the CISWO Concerts at Sheffield City Hall and the NAC’s massed voice concerts. We were all delighted when Colin was invited to Buckingham Palace in July 2006 in recognition of his long and dedicated service to his four choirs and for the valuable contribution he made to choral music. He is sadly missed.

The Choir

Soprano Section July 2017

Rita Turner, Janet Oliver, Muriel White, Sue Twohig, Carol Leighton
Claire Smith, Jane Sutcliffe, Linda Massarella, Amanda Martin, Irene Mears, Debby Baigent
Jean Fozard, Margaret Barrett, Sandra Stevenson, Pauline Thornton, Pat Walker, Eileen Beresford
Karen Wiper, Ivy Beckett, Dorothy Lockwood, Janet Edmond, Pauline Binns, Yaiza Ruiz

Second Sopranos July 2017

Sheila Leith, Tina Dexter, Roslyn Thistlewood, Nora Keany-Corr
Lynette Bissett, Rachel MacKail, Vivian Clarke
Val Norris, Celia Lyon, Christine Wood, Carol Smith-Petrie, Janice Hammerton

Alto Section July 2017

Jacky Wain, Janet Morris, Catherine Jackson, Pat Dent, Maria Stone, Monica Pickersgill
Jenny Sidebottom, Pauline Oldroyd, Judith Parrott, Amanda Richardson, Sue Mumby
Yvonne Padgett, Sue Farrell, Mary Smyth



Christmas Concert

07:00 pm

St Peter’s and St Leonard’s Church, Wakefield

Details TBC


Concert with Leeds MVC

07:00 pm

Dewsbury Minster, Dewsbury

Details TBC


Eskdale Festival

12:00 pm

Whitby Pavillion, Whitby

The Choir will again compete in this wonderful music festival and hope to repeat our successes of 2022.


Like to Join Us?

Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at West Wakefield Methodist Church, Wakefield


Horbury Singers are available for all types of events – concerts, weddings and charity fundraisers etc.

For further details on joining us or making a booking, please contact our secretary, Karen Wiper on 07789 224729 or use the contact us form.

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