From Elgar’s great masterpiece ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ to a beguiling summer concert of English lute songs and Latvian magic, our 2017-18 season is full of great music for audiences and singers alike. In the autumn, following a brilliant Mahler 2, we continue our partnership with the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra; in December we present a traditional Yorkshire Christmas festive concert with brass band and seasonal refreshments. Spring sees us team up with a band of Baroque instrumentalists weaving together song and poetry, and we end the season in the beautiful medieval parish church in Bingley with a fusion of Renaissance passion and 21st Century cool. Tickets for all events organised by BFCS can be purchased through ticket source.
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We're delighted to offer another of our popular Learn To Sing courses in Autumn 2017, led by the brilliant Sally Egan. Her expert, inspiring teaching will help you find your voice and build your confidence while learning songs in a variety of styles, having fun and experiencing the joy of singing. Sally has sung opera and oratorio all over the world. She now works for Opera North as a workshop leader, choral director and animator. She also works with choirs…Find out more »
Our musical director Thomas Leech conducts this performance of Elgar’s stunning masterpiece. BFCS is joined by Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra with whom we have collaborated many times previously, notably in performances of Britten’s War Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and most recently Mahler’s Symphony 2. A cast of superb soloists take the roles of Gerontius, The Angel, The Priest and The Angel of the Agony, as Cardinal Newman’s poem describes the journey of the soul into death, ending with the promise of heavenly glory:…Find out more »
Bradford Festival Choral Society Rothwell Temperance Band Thomas Leech, conductor Our annual Christmas festive concert is a highlight of the season for many of our supporters. Join us for an evening of traditional carols accompanied by one of Yorkshire’s finest brass bands, the Championship Section Rothwell Temperance Band . Sing along with your favourite carols and sit back and listen to a feast of Christmas music for choir and brass. Seasonal refreshments available before the concert and during the interval.Find out more »
Travel with us between the splendour of Baroque Venice and the crowded metropolis of 17th Century London in a programme woven together with threads of poetry contemporary with the music. Including masterworks by Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell and Heinrich Schütz, and accompanied by brass and strings on baroque instruments.Find out more »
Join us for an afternoon’s workshop and evening performance of Handel’s evergreen Messiah. Our venue for the day, All Saints’ Church, Little Horton, has a fascinating connection with one of the most famous editors of Handel’s work, Watkins Shaw, and is a beautiful architectural gem nestled amongst this 17th Century village. We will be joined by soloists and a small orchestra for the performance. Hot food available between the workshop and performance. Singing? Get in touch for more details Not…Find out more »
We return to the historic parish church of Bingley for an evening of beguiling song. The lutenists of 16th Century England were the musical stars of the day, singer-songwriters who wrote of love, lust, despair and death! In the first half of our programme we are joined by a soprano and lutenist, singing music from Dowland’s suggestive Come again, sweet love doth now invite to Thomas Campion’s beautiful Never weather beaten sail. By way of contrast we then explore fabulously…Find out more »