Based in Grimsby, NE Lincs, we are one of the area's leading choral societies, performing a variety of classical music under the baton of Chorus Master, Karen Beer, who joined us in August 2020. The choir has performed with other local choirs, Scunthorpe Choral Society, Grimsby Bach Choir, Market Rasen Choral Society, Gainsborough Choral Society and Louth Choral Society, taking part in Hull's City of Culture Year and Lincolnshire Remembers. We have worked with guest conductors, such as David Lawrence, Andrew Padmore, Richard Howarth and Jeremy Jackman. We are affiliated to Making Music and in 2012 were chosen to take part in their Adopt A Composer Scheme.
We generally perform three concerts a year, mainly in the magnificent setting of the Central Hall, Grimsby. This is what they say about us on their website (www.grimsbycentralhall.org):
Grimsby Philharmonic Society, though not always under that name, has been part of the cultural life of the town since its formation in 1852. Since 1882, there have been only six chorus masters plus our current chorus master, the internationally well-known choral trainer Susan Hollingworth, BEM. Under her inspirational leadership, the ‘Phil’ is now tackling exciting works by contemporary composers whilst not forgetting the favourite classics. Over the years, the Phil has treated Grimsby audiences to some of the most famous soloists of the day, such as Peter Pears, Kathleen Ferrier and Isobel Baillie, Thomas Allen and Elisabeth Schumann. The unusual circumstances of the war years allowed local audiences to savour performances by such distinguished artists as Moisevitch, Solomon and Myra Hess. One of the many highlights in the Phil’s history occurred during Alec Redshaw’s 20-year term as chorus master. A concert of an all-Britten programme not only featured Peter Pears but also included the composer amongst the audience. The performance later prompted him to remark that he believed it to be the first concert in the country devoted solely to his music.
Usually (ie, sadly not currently) rehearsals take place every Monday at 7.30pm in the Roy Kemp Room, Central Hall, Grimsby and the choir performs 3 concerts a year (usually at the Central Hall). We post regular updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.