BFCS’s 2020-2021 season is full of contrasting delights – online performances, new YouTube singing resources and brilliant live events.
Of course, the nature of our programming for this season remains uncertain due to the ongoing crisis, so we have planned a season that can move quickly from online to physical performances and back again quickly as guidelines and local circumstances change.
Our season launches with a first for BFCS – an online season launch concert featuring new video and audio recordings made during lockdown! You can watch this HERE
At the moment we think our autumn term will be mainly online – so check out a wonderful online concert of romantic and modern partsongs in November, and a very special Christmas recording. In March we’ll join the amazing European Union Chamber Orchestra in St George’s Hall for Haydn’s Nelson Mass, and in June bring you Faith, Passion and Betrayal, featuring Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. In addition we’ll be running our brilliant vocal workshop events and continuing to support Bradford Friendship Choir, a wonderful singing group for refugees, asylum seekers and their friends and supporters.
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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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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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).Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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 nowFind out more »
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…Find out more »
Consoling faith, tempestuous passion and fatal betrayal - it's all in our summer concert, held in the beautiful surroundings of Bradford's Ukrainian Cultural Centre. Diderich Buxtehude was a giant of the early Baroque - the young Bach walked over 200 miles to hear him direct his famous concerts in Lubeck. His cantata Alles was ihr tut is wonderfully optimistic, combining energetic choruses with elegant solos and beautiful instrumental movements. Meanwhile in Venice, Barbara Strozzi was writing her many sets of…Find out more »
Join us for our 2020-21 Season Launch - The Road Home. In a first for BFCS, we present an online concert, premiering on our YouTube channel. The performance features the first opportunity to watch our new video and audio tracks, recorded during lockdown, together with a guest slot from Bradford Friendship Choir and some amazing archive recordings...support us from the comfort of your sofa! Our musical team will be answering your questions using the live chat feature during the performance…Find out more »