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
Our November concert features a beautiful selection of Romantic and modern partsongs (view HERE) and our Christmas concert (HERE) is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood! In the Spring we’ll be singing 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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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 »
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…Find out more »
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 6.45pmFind out more »
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…Find out more »
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 »