The Huddersfield Singers is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, and is a chamber choir of 30 to 40 members. The choir was formed in 1875 as the Huddersfield Glee & Madrigal Society and performs a wide variety of sacred and secular music from all periods of musical history, ranging from the medieval to the present day.
The Huddersfield Singers is renowned for its adventurous and interesting repertoire, and takes pride in performing works by less well-known composers alongside more mainstream pieces. The choir has occasionally commissioned new music, such as for its 125th anniversary concert in July 2000, for which Arthur Butterworth composed Haworth Moor. Other composers who have written music for the choir, or dedicated pieces to it, include Gustav Holst (Wassail Song, 1932) and John Gardner (Waltzsongs, 1996).
The choir's character and adventurous repertoire has been shaped primarily (in its modern Huddersfield Singers guise) by its longest-serving conductor, Philip Honnor, who was in charge from 1990 to 2012. Dr Jonathan Brigg took the role during 2013, and from the start of the 2014–2015 season, the choir enters a new era under the baton of Alexander Douglas.
The choir is a registered charity (number 507768).
- Crowther, Sidney H. (1974). Huddersfield Glee & Madrigal Society Centenary 1875-1975. Kirklees Libraries and Museums Service. ISBN 0-9502568-1-1.
- See Choir history: G & M Centenary on the choir's official site for an edited transcription of this book.
- See the Press clippings page on the choir's official site for cited examples substantiating this claim.
- See Choir history: 125th Anniversary on the choir's official site for details of this event.