We are recruiting!

Why not make 2020-21 the season you join our friendly and exciting choir and experience the power of choral music? To find out what we’re like, come along to one of our Open Rehearsals or to any of our Wednesday rehearsals (but email first to make sure we’re singing that evening).

We are welcoming new members during the Covid-19 crisis – we are currently rehearsing using Zoom, and will resume live rehearsals and performances once government guidance, our venue and our own risk assessments allow us to do so.  Visit our members’ page to learn more about our online offer.

What’s BFCS all about?
We are a really friendly and positive choir, with high standards and always thinking of the enjoyment of our members.

What do you sing?
Most of our concerts focus on the amazing heritage of classical choral music – music that covers every aspect of emotion and experience! Our programming tries to combine the familiar with the new and unusual, and we’ve sung flamenco with Eduardo Niebla, jazz with Will Todd, a flashmob performance of Bruno Mars, Carmina Burana across two stages in City Park…not to mention Mozart Requiem in Undercliffe Cemetery…

Do I need to be an experienced singer?
No! We’re interested in your potential and our rehearsals are designed to develop our singers musically and vocally. Our members range from people who’ve not sung since primary school through to music graduates, with every level of experience in between.

Do I need to be able to read music?
Some familiarity with music reading is useful, but not essential. Some of our members will learn pieces entirely by ear, some will be able to sight-read anything!

I’ve sung in lots of choirs…won’t all this note learning be a bit boring?
Our rehearsals are engaging and fast-paced, with lots of emphasis on creating an excellent sound and bringing music to life. Our acclaimed and expert musical team are exciting and inspiring – it’s definitely not just note-bashing! We also work with vocal coaches in small sectional groups and work with guest musicians to enrich our performances.

What does it cost?

REDUCED RATE INTRODUCED FOR 2020-21 to reflect online rehearsal costs – annual subscription of £100, £50 for those on a low income or aged 30 years or below. For those experiencing particular financial hardship, the fee may be waived for 12 months. Members may wish to support the choir by continuing to pay the full rate below.

The normal annual subscription is £140 (less than £4 per rehearsal!) which can be paid in installments.  If you join in January, the subscription is £80.

I’m still interested…is there an audition?
Come along to a few rehearsals and see if you enjoy it.  If you do, there’s a short and informal ‘voice check’ to provide positive and encouraging tips on developing your voice and to check that you don’t have any vocal issues that singing will aggravate.  You don’t have to pay anything until after your voice check.

We have vacancies in all parts, but would particularly welcome tenors and basses.  If you’re not sure that we’re the right choir for you, please get in touch and we’ll try and answer your questions!

Rehearsals take place in the hall at St Peter’s Church (Saltaire) every Wednesday evening during term time from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

St Peter’s Church, Moorhead Lane, Saltaire, BD18 4DH
Car:  50 yards up Moorhead Lane, off Saltaire Roundabout. Car parking available.
Bus:  Many buses pass the bottom of Moorhead Lane, including numbers 662 and 760
Train:  Saltaire Station, Airedale Line

If you are interested in joining us, please email bradfordfestivalchoralsociety@gmail.com to arrange to come to another rehearsal.