York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir with the ‘Citadel Singers’
The York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir have performed their popular Christmas concerts every year since 1962, becoming part of the fabric of York’s cultural Christmas scene. Last year, of course, everything changed, although the ‘Phil’ were still able to deliver an online Christmas concert via Zoom to an international audience. This year, they return to their new home, the Citadel on Gillygate, where they last performed their ‘Christmas Traditions’ show in 2019.
Initially performing Carols in Kirkgate at York’s Castle Museum for 50 years, more recent incarnations include Carols in Fossgate at the Merchant Adventurers and Christmas Traditions at the De Grey Rooms. Now situated in the spacious Citadel, allowing room for cabaret seating downstairs and balcony seating that can ensure safe distancing is maintained, the show keeps to its ever-popular format: a blend of carols old and new, Christmas songs, including ladies and mixed voice ensembles plus festive readings and sketches. There will also be the opportunity to join in with communal carols and to enjoy a mince pie and glass of wine, surrounded by festive decorations, to help kick-start your own Christmas traditions.
Richard Kay, Deputy MD of the ‘Phil’ and co-director of the show says: “The Phil has continued to rehearse and perform throughout the last 18 months, albeit with virtual tracks on Zoom. We are now thrilled to be back rehearsing in person and look forward to our return to what we do best: performing our favourite songs for, and with, our loyal Christmas audiences. It promises to be a fun – and slightly emotional – set of concerts and I suspect the demand for tickets will be high this year.”