The Fairfax Singers have been enjoying singing since 1996.
We will gladly sing for anyone supporting a good cause – we have already helped raise significant amounts of money for local and national charities. If your charity would like a concert, please contact our secretary.
Variety is our aim and pleasure: from ballads to blues, madrigals to musicals, sacred to swing, traditional to trendy.
We rehearse on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm at SS Fisher and More, Bradford Road, Burley in Wharfedale.
We have raised significant funds for charities with concerts held in local churches, village halls and other public venues.
The charities we have supported include The Yorkshire Air Ambulance; Beamsley Project; AMA – a learning centre in Rwanda; Aware (children with Autism); Bibles for Schools; Zambia Trust (Aids orphans); Open Book; Phakamesa – a charity for African children; Trussell Trust food bank; Horizon Life Training; Christchurch roof fund / Christchurch Dan’s Den; the Alzheimers’ Society; a renovation fund for a local social club and proceeds for a village hall repair fund; a church organ fund; a village festival fund; the RNLI.; The Clarke Foley Centre; Sue Ryder Hospice Appeal; Parkinson’s UK.
We provide a smaller choir to sing at weddings.
A list of lovely and appropriate songs is available for you to make your choice. We will lead the hymns and/or entertain your guests during the signing of the register.
We have an on-going arrangement with All Saints Parish Church, Ilkley, to sing at weddings when a choir is required.
Other weddings have been at Weston Church, Otley Parish Church and Otley Catholic Church.
We also helped to celebrate a very happy Golden Wedding Party at Otley Golf Club.
Since 2006 we have sung carols under the Christmas tree every year at The Lord Mayor of Bradford’s Star Event which raises funds for the Mayor’s charity of the year.
We were honoured to receive from the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Naveeda Ikram, a statuette of the Bradford Boar’s head.
We sang outdoors on stage for Otley Rugby Club, at their “Picnic on the Pitch”, supported by well known guest artists including a major international baritone and soprano soloist. The Yorkshire Society asked us to provide music in the chapel of Hazlewood Castle for their Christmas Celebration.
For several years, we have been part of the Saltaire Summer Music programme in Robert’s Park, and also their winter programme in Shipley.
Other private functions have been the Scouts Garden Party in Ilkley and this summer for the Scouts and Guides Diamond Jubilee Garden Party at Bradleywood, Brighouse.
We seek to promote talented young musicians, instrumentalists as well as singers. Most recently Maddie Podesta, teenage soprano, sang with us at Burley-in-Wharfedale Methodist Church.