BFCS's 2018-19 season is full of great music for audiences and singers alike. We commemorate and reflect on Armistice Day with music from composers directly affected by the tragedy of war – Finzi, Gurney and Lili Boulanger – and find solace in Fauré's serene Requiem. In December we present a traditional Yorkshire Christmas festive concert with one of the region's finest brass bands; enjoy the seasonal refreshments! Spring sees us team up with a brilliant team of pianists and percussionists for the glorious riot of Carmina Burana and Constant Lambert's The Rio Grande. Our summer plans are still under wraps … watch this space! In addition to our main programme we appear at community events and festivals, and welcome all singers to our Come and Sing workshops, led by our inspirational team of musicians.
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Access to Price Hall: The main entrance is up several steps – there is a side entrance with level access, there is then some distance to walk or use a wheelchair to the Hall. Please email bradfordfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk for more details.
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Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra , conductor Benjamin Ellin, with Bibi Heal (soprano) and Olivia Ray (mezzo soprano). Free pre concert talk at 6.30 pm Tickets £12.50 - £18.50 (concessions £9.50). Click here to buy online or call Kirklees Box Office, 01484 223200, or SPO Ticket Secretary, 01484 850488.Find out more »
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 including masterworks by Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell, performed with a dazzling array of baroque instruments and virtuoso soloists. Tickets £16, £14 (concessions), under 18s free, group rate 5 for £60. The British Orpheus - Henry Purcell I was glad from Oedipus Z583 Music for a while Remember not, Lord, our offences Z50 from King Arthur Z628 Fairest…Find out more »
Join us for an afternoon’s workshop (2-5 pm) and evening performance (6-7.30pm) 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 for the performance. Hot food available between the workshop and performance. Book your place to sing or buy tickets for…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 »
Join us for an afternoon’s workshop (2-5pm) and evening performance (6pm) of Fauré’s serene Requiem under the leadership of our Musical Director, Thomas Leech. In addition we explore Ivor Gurney’s The Trumpet, an elegaic setting of Edward Thomas’ poetry and a response to the loss and trauma of the First World War, which the composer experienced first hand in the trenches. We are returning to the historic and beautiful All Saints’ Church, Little Horton, whose warm welcome guarantees a special…Find out more »
Reflections on war, loss, hope and reconciliation – we mark the centenary of the 1918 armistice with music seeking to respond to and provide solace from the tragedy of war. The programme opens with music from composers directly affected by both the first and second world wars. The responses of Finzi and Gurney (a veteran of the trenches) are both secular and elegaic, mourning senseless loss and finding hope in the timeless beauty of nature. Lili Boulanger wrote her plangent…Find out more »
Our traditional Christmas concert with Rothwell Temperance Band. There will be sparkling choral music, carols for all to sing, fabulous brass band pieces and seasonal refreshments before the concert and during the interval. It's at 6pm - come after your day's shopping or before your night's partying!Find out more »