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.
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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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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…Find out more »
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 »