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We are very sorry to announce that our March 28th performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is postponed until later in the year – we are working to secure a date in the autumn where we can rebook Baroque In The North, Diocese of Leeds Music Bradford Catholic Youth Choir and the outstanding soloists. Our preview concert at Cliffe Castle on March 22nd is also cancelled. Tickets can be refunded or used for the rearranged performance.
We apologise to our audience and particularly to our musicians and members, both amateur and professional. Stay tuned to our facebook and twitter for details of our summer events and 20-21 season.

BFCS’s 2019-2020 season is full of contrasting delights, drama and passion. In November we perform a brilliant musical drama by Paul Mealor (whose music was performed at Prince William’s wedding) alongside John Rutter’s Gloria; December brings Christmas Old and New; in March we perform one of classical music’s greatest masterpieces, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and in summer, we bring you Faith, Passion and Betrayal, featuring Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas.

Reduced ticket prices for groups of 5 or more, and FREE for people under 30 or on a low income.

Tickets for all events organised by BFCS can be purchased through Ticket Source.

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.

Aged 30 or under, or on a low income?  Tickets for all our concerts are FREE!

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June 2019

The People’s Music Hall

June 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
St George’s Hall, Bradford BD1 1JT United Kingdom + Google Map

We are delighted to be taking part in this community celebration of the reopening of St George's Hall.  The concert features some outstanding local performers including Lucy Bairstow, The City of Bradford Brass Band directed by Musical Director Lee Skipsey, Buttershaw St Paul’s Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, Kala Sangam, Tranquil Productions, Dance United Yorkshire and Bradford Friendship Choir, Bradford's choir for asylum seekers and refugees, supported by BFCS. We'll be performing movements from Carmina Burana, Kerry Andrew's amazing The…

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Vocal Workshop: Wondrous Sound – 1000 years of music by women

June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall, Moorhead Lane
Saltaire, BD18 4JH
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Join us on Saturday 8th June to sing some incredible music! Tom Leech, the inspiring Musical Director of BFCS and expert choral director, leads this workshop exploring a range of choral music by women, all featured in our forthcoming Wondrous Sound concert, ideal for choral directors and singers looking to programme this repertoire in the future. Our vocal workshops have been praised for combining a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere with brilliant musical content.  You’ll learn some wonderful music, enjoy…

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A Wondrous Sound : 1000 years of music by women

June 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
All Saints’ Parish Church, Old Main Street
Bingley , BD16 2RH
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Music by women is outrageously marginalised - we took a look at the recent concert programmes of many of Yorkshire’s other large choral societies and were shocked to find that NONE had any visible programming of music by female composers. So in our small way we’re trying to provide some balance… ...join us for this fascinating evening of music which give us wonderful compositions from the medieval mystic Hildegard (think timeless plainchant), the passionate Baroque music of Barbara Strozzi, romantic…

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September 2019

Saltaire Festival – The Power of Choir workshop

September 14, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Saltaire United Reformed Church, Victoria Road
Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LF United Kingdom
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Embrace the thrill of choir in our afternoon vocal workshop! In an informal and relaxed atmosphere, choral expert and BFCS Musical Director Thomas Leech will take us through exuberant classics including O Fortuna (Carmina Burana), Lacrimosa (Mozart Requiem) and Hallelujah (Messiah); gentle and moving songs from around the world and some of our favourites from recent performances. You’ll learn some wonderful music, enjoy musical insights and tips and pick up new vocal ideas. Some basic music-reading ability and a little…

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Saltaire Festival – The Power of Choir performance

September 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saltaire United Reformed Church, Victoria Road
Saltaire, West Yorkshire BD18 3LF United Kingdom
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Join us for an informal concert packed with great tunes, sorrow and joy, peace and thrilling excitement! Members of Bradford Festival Choral Society are joined by singers from our afternoon vocal workshop (one audience ticket free with each vocal workshop ticket), directed by Thomas Leech, with pianist Chris Pulleyn. Tickets This is a ticketed event £5 (or free ticket if taking part in Choral Workshop same day) Available from Saltaire Wines or online via Saltaire Festival website (booking fee applies).

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Open Rehearsal

September 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St Peter’s Church Hall, Moorhead Lane
Saltaire, BD18 4JH
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Are you looking for a new choir this September? Come and try us out on September 18th (or any Wednesday from the 4th if you're feeling keen!)... ...our rehearsals are engaging and positive, we have expert musical leadership, the focus is on the enjoyment of our members and a high musical standard, and we sing fabulous music with excellent ensembles and soloists... As part of our BFCS 2020 project, subscriptions for those aged 30 or under, or on a low…

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November 2019

The Farthest Shore

November 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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A concert of high drama, bold gesture and sparkling colours: Paul Mealor shot to fame when his motet Ubi Caritas was heard by a broadcast audience of 2.5 billion people at the wedding of the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  We perform Mealor's brilliant musical drama The Farthest Shore - a retelling of a Celtic tale from the mystic island of Anglesey, spiritual home to the last of the Druids and the Avalon of Arthurian legend.  A mysterious child…

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December 2019

Christmas Old and New

December 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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Celebrate with BFCS!  Our traditional Christmas concert with the brilliant Rothwell Temperance Band.  There will be sparkling choral music, carols for all to sing, fabulous brass band pieces and our renowned 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! Tickets available here Christmas Past - various composers, arranged by Goff Richards O come all ye faithful - J. F. Wade, arr. David Willcocks Angelus ad…

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March 2020

Vocal workshop – Bach St Matthew Passion

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bradford Ukrainian Centre, 169 Legrams Lane
Bradford, BD7 2EA United Kingdom
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Join our vocal workshop, led by choral expert and BFCS Musical Director Tom Leech, to explore Bach's great masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion. A brilliant opportunity to experience the work in an outstanding new English translation. Workshop 2-5pm Informal performance (extracts) 6-6.45pm Tickets available now  

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J.S. Bach – St Matthew Passion

March 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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We are very sorry to announce that our March 28th performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is postponed until later in the year - we are working to secure a date in the autumn where we can rebook Baroque In The North, Diocese of Leeds Music Bradford Catholic Youth Choir and the outstanding soloists. Our preview concert at Cliffe Castle on March 22nd is also cancelled. Tickets can be refunded or used for the rearranged performance. We apologise to our…

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