BFCS’s 2018-19 season is full of great music for audiences and singers alike. We commemorate and reflect on Armistice Day with music from composers directly affected by the tragedy of war – Finzi, Gurney and Lili Boulanger – and find solace in Fauré’s serene Requiem. In December we present a traditional Yorkshire Christmas festive concert with one of the region’s finest brass bands; enjoy the seasonal refreshments! Spring sees us team up with a brilliant team of pianists and percussionists for the glorious riot of Carmina Burana and Constant Lambert’s The Rio Grande. Our summer programme celebrates music by women – A wondrous sound. In addition to our main programme we appear at community events and festivals, and welcome all singers to our Come and Sing workshops, led by our inspirational team of musicians.
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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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Dazzling new music, brilliant soloists and atmospheric chants from Medieval Spain come together in a heady mix for our November concert. The music of Ēriks Ešenvalds is inspired by the Northern Lights, and its shimmering beauty will move and delight you. Alongside Ešenvalds' works we present music of incredible warmth and wonder by Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre, interspersed with pilgrim songs from the Medieval Llibre Vermell - brought to life by our fantastic percussion ensemble and soloists. A real…Find out more »
Join us for a splendid celebration of the best Christmas music! The magnificent sonorities of the City of Bradford Brass Band will resound in Price Hall as we sing traditional Christmas carols, beautiful choral pieces and exciting arrangements of some favourite seasonal melodies. Many of the arrangements are by composers who have enjoyed an association with BFCS, including our former Musical Director, the late Sir David Willcocks. The concert starts at 6pm so why not relax with us after your…Find out more »
Whether you're an experienced choral singer or a newcomer, come and sing Mozart's fascinating, haunting and uniquely heartbreaking Requiem with us, or just come and listen to the early evening performance. Singing Workshop 2-5pm with performance at 6pm. Apply by email to email@example.com or download the booking form here: 17-2 Mozart C&S booking form The music is provided. If you're thinking of bringing your own copy, please note that the version we are singing is K626, completed by Duncan Druce.Find out more »
Mystery surrounds Mozart's famous Requiem...but you don't need to know the stories to enjoy this fabulous music, with drama and intensity matched by unforgettable melodies and beautiful moments of peace. The Requiem was left unfinished at the composer's death, and completed by Mozart's friend Franz Süssmayr. Composer Duncan Druce returned to Mozart's sketches for the later movements and it is his completion, which captures the mastery of Mozart with amazing conviction, we perform tonight. Alongside the Requiem another masterpiece, Haydn's…Find out more »
An evening of your favourite opera choruses and arias, with fabulous soloists (and, of course, our fabulous choir) – drama and romance, pathos and magnificence! Programme includes Bizet - Habañera, the Toreador Song and March of the Toreadors (Carmen), Donizetti - Chorus of the wedding guests, Purcell - Dido’s Lament and final chorus (Dido and Aeneas), Verdi - Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore), Brindisi (La Traviata), Triumphal Chorus (Aida) and Va pensiero (Nabucco). Refreshments served during the interval.Find out more »
Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra , conductor Benjamin Ellin, with Bibi Heal (soprano) and Olivia Ray (mezzo soprano). Free pre concert talk at 6.30 pm Tickets £12.50 - £18.50 (concessions £9.50). Click here to buy online or call Kirklees Box Office, 01484 223200, or SPO Ticket Secretary, 01484 850488.Find out more »
We're delighted to offer another of our popular Learn To Sing courses in Autumn 2017, led by the brilliant Sally Egan. Her expert, inspiring teaching will help you find your voice and build your confidence while learning songs in a variety of styles, having fun and experiencing the joy of singing. Sally has sung opera and oratorio all over the world. She now works for Opera North as a workshop leader, choral director and animator. She also works with choirs…Find out more »
Our musical director Thomas Leech conducts this performance of Elgar’s stunning masterpiece. BFCS is joined by Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra with whom we have collaborated many times previously, notably in performances of Britten’s War Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem and most recently Mahler’s Symphony 2. A cast of superb soloists take the roles of Gerontius, The Angel, The Priest and The Angel of the Agony, as Cardinal Newman’s poem describes the journey of the soul into death, ending with the promise of heavenly glory:…Find out more »
Bradford Festival Choral Society Rothwell Temperance Band Thomas Leech, conductor Our annual Christmas festive concert is a highlight of the season for many of our supporters. Join us for an evening of traditional carols accompanied by one of Yorkshire’s finest brass bands, the Championship Section Rothwell Temperance Band . Sing along with your favourite carols and sit back and listen to a feast of Christmas music for choir and brass. Seasonal refreshments available before the concert and during the interval.Find out more »
Travel with us between the splendour of Baroque Venice and the crowded metropolis of 17th Century London in a programme including masterworks by Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell, performed with a dazzling array of baroque instruments and virtuoso soloists. Tickets £16, £14 (concessions), under 18s free, group rate 5 for £60. The British Orpheus - Henry Purcell I was glad from Oedipus Z583 Music for a while Remember not, Lord, our offences Z50 from King Arthur Z628 Fairest…Find out more »