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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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May 2018

Sing! Handel’s Messiah

May 12, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm
All Saints’ Church, Little Horton Green
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD5 0NG United Kingdom
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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…

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June 2018

Love and Longing

June 9, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
All Saints’ Parish Church, Old Main Street
Bingley , BD16 2RH
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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…

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October 2018

Come and Sing Fauré Requiem

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
All Saints’ Church, Little Horton Green
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD5 0NG United Kingdom
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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…

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November 2018

We will remember

November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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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…

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December 2018

Rejoice and be merry!

December 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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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!

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March 2019

Carmina Burana – Vocal Workshop

March 3 @ 2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bradford Ukrainian Centre, 169 Legrams Lane
Bradford, BD7 2EA United Kingdom
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This workshop is now sold out - please do join us for the FREE informal performance at 6pm or book tickets for our full concert performance on Saturday March 30th. Join us on Sunday March 3rd for another of our celebrated vocal workshops, which have been praised for combining a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere with brilliant musical content. You’ll learn some great music, enjoy insights, tips and humour from our Musical Director Tom Leech, and pick up new vocal ideas…

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Carmina Burana

March 30 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Price Hall, Bradford Grammar School
Bradford, West Yorkshire BD9 4JP United Kingdom
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A riotous evening of medieval revelry and exotic rhythms, with a team of brilliant percussionists, acclaimed soloists and an award winning youth choir.  Tickets available now from TicketSource Carmina Burana – Carl Orff The Rio Grande – Constant Lambert The earth hath voice – Kerry Andrew Louise Wayman, soprano Michael Solomon Williams, tenor James Davies, baritone Bradford Catholic Youth Choir Pianos – Christopher Pulleyn and Jenny Martins Conductor – Thomas Leech with free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm

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June 2019

The People’s Music Hall

June 2 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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