Welcome To Calderland Choir

WELCOME to your Calderland news

Calderland is a creative response to the floods of Boxing Day 2015 and tells of the ways in which the Calder Valley and its people have been shaped by water. It’s personal, poignant, epic and memorable.


There has been a fantastic response to the Calderland chorus callout and a big thanks to the 100+ people who have attended workshops and rehearsals so far. The response to the music and lyrics has been overwhelmingly positive. If you haven’t done so already, there’s still time to get involved, so come along to the July sessions in Hebden Bridge and Brighouse.

To make the right kind of sound we need over 150 singers of all ages. We have three primary schools involved and we want to keep the momentum up and the excitement growing. Can you help? Invite your friends, pester your colleague, nag your family members and get them to join in. The bigger the chorus the better the sound!

Your commitment to Calderland will be the thing that makes this project unforgettable. September will be busy, but it will be worth the effort. Calderland will be one of the biggest community projects the Calder Valley has ever seen. The music sounds great and the more people there are to fill the wonderful acoustic of the newly restored Piece Hall, the more impressive Calderland will be. So if you are still not sure come along and find out more! Here is a link to the rehearsal schedule.


Calderland choir rehearsal

And you don’t have to read music! The songs sound really good and it is all totally original

– Facebook comment


To make Calderland happen we will be running rehearsals in July through to September, although August is most likely to be a quiet month. September will be busy, with rehearsals in the evenings and at weekends. It will be intensive but manageable and you won’t have to attend every single rehearsal.

The busy time will be in the last week of September, when we bring singers, musicians and other performers to stage Calderland in The Piece Hall. It will be a great experience for everyone involved and a fantastic end to the summer.

Throughout July we are running open rehearsals that anyone can join. They are taking place in Hebden Bridge on Tuesdays and Brighouse on Wednesdays. For full details email katherine.stanton@509arts.co.uk or call Katherine on 07968 354853.


Let’s introduce the core team responsible for putting the project together:

Em Whitfield Brooks is the Chorus Leader and you will have met her if you’ve been to a workshop or rehearsal. Em lives in York and has worked with choirs and singers all over the UK, including most recently for Hull2017. She produced the Ryedale Community Opera in North Yorkshire for many years.

Richard Taylor is the Calderland composer. He lives in Sheffield and his work has been staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Royal Opera House, Sheffield Theatres, in West End theatres and many other places. He is the winner of two UK Theatre awards.

Mike Kenny is Calderland’s writer-librettist. Based in York, Mike has written plays for audiences all over the world, including his Olivier award winning adaption of the Railway Children, which featured a full size steam train!

Graham Robbins is the Musical Director for Calderland. Calderdale singers and musicians will know him for his massively skillful presentations of musicals, classical works and musical theatre productions. Graham is based in Halifax and we are very pleased that he has been able to join the team.

Alan Dix is the Artistic Director of Landlines and Watermarks, of which Calderland is a part. He works alongside Jenny Harris, Exec Producer; Paula Horton, Community Engagement; Katherine Stanton, Administration and Katie Kimber, Marketing.


Produced by 509 Arts, Landlines and Watermarks is a summer long celebration of the Calder Valley and its people. Funded by Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale and Arts Council England, it starts with six creative projects in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge, Elland and Brighouse.

In September (after all those wonderful rehearsals!) Landlines and Watermarks will move into The Piece Hall Halifax to create an amazing weekend of events at the end of the month. Calderland performances will take place on the evenings of Friday 29th Sept, Saturday 30th Sept and Sunday 1st October. On the Saturday and Sunday daytimes The Piece Hall will be the venue for the People’s Fair – a marketplace and celebration of all things creative, community and cultural in the Calder Valley.

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July 24, 2017