The Hepton Singers, directed by Dorian Kelly, is a chamber choir based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The choir performs varied programmes of mainly a capella music from the 16th Century to the present day. The Hepton Singers has a strong local following, performing regularly in Heptonstall Parish Church as well as other venues across the north of England.
The choir also tours nationally and internationally, usually through exchanges with similar ensembles. In 2011 the choir welcomed visiting choirs Ars Nova Sacra and Le Vezzose from Budapest. In July 2012 The Hepton Singers returned to Hungary, having last performed there in 2005. Between 2013 and 2015 the choir took part in a European-funded project called SOL/Grundtvig, which also involved eight other choirs (click here to read more). In April 2016 The Hepton Singers visited Edinburgh in the first leg of an exchange with Rudsambee Company of Singers. A year later Rudsambee came to Hebden Bridge and we performed a joint concert at Heptonstall Church.
In the summer of 2018 we said farewell to Alison West, who had been our director and co-director for 16 years, and had sung with the choir for 17 years before that.
“I just blew into Kilkenny, home now from the windy city of Manchester – the weather was not for the fainthearted. On Saturday night,myself and my pal Ruth O’ Gorman, made the journey to what I perceive as the centre of Wuthering Heights universe, Heptonstall to experience Helen Plaice with The Hepton Singers perform live in St. Thomas Church. It was a truly beautiful concert, mysterious and ethereal, its brave and technical programme kept the audience on their toes. It was made even more special as the wind wrapped itself around the church in the heart of the Yorkshire highlands. We received the heartiest of welcomes and found it difficult to head back into the city. No sign of Heathcliff alas, but plenty of tea and cake on offer. The Hepton Singers, not to be missed !!” Mary Hogan, Kilkenny.
Here’s a video of The Hepton Singers, conducted by Alison West, singing Britten’s Chorale from an Old French Carol and Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus.