The Society was founded in 1960, and originally based & performed at All Souls’ Church. From 1985 to 1987 we performed at The Malborough Hall, and since then at the Halifax Playhouse. We are a group of around forty people, of whom thirty or so are performing members.
Although the Society is non-denominational, we still retain a Christian ethos and continue to support many local charities. We strive to fill as many roles as possible from our own membership, but also hold open auditions for our shows, which continue to attract new members, singers, actors and helpers. We also aim to design and manufacture our own sets which we take great pride in, and our own wardrobe is also used to furnish as many costumes as possible.
We have been noted over the years for our efforts in introducing little-known works to Halifax audiences. These notable productions include our premiere of ‘La Vie Parisienne’, ‘La Perichole’, ‘The Beggar Student’ and our Millennium production of Offenbach’s ‘Bluebeard’. In 2011 we celebrated our 50thAnniversary, and as part of the festivities Members voted to perform the much loved ‘Merry Widow’.
The overall performance and musicianship of the Society has been widely acclaimed and we strive to maintain high standards of performance and musicianship.
Each year, in addition to our musical stage production, we perform our annual ‘Accent on Song’ concert offering a variety of music to suit all tastes under our current Musical Director Colin Akers, ably assisted by our fabulous accompanist Philip Sutcliffe.
Our rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at The Studio Rooms, St James Street, Halifax. They are very enjoyable and everybody is welcome!! Like all Societies we are reliant on our performing members and audience to survive, so if you would like to sing, act, help with scenery or costumes, assist backstage, front of house, or simply join a group of friendly people, why not become a member yourself? Interested? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org - or contact Mrs Jean Murphy, our Information Officer, on 01484 717934.
All Souls’ Amateur Operatic Society is a Registered Charity, No: 700670
All Souls' Amateur Operatic Society