We are recruiting!

Why not make 2022-23 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). 

In the autumn and spring terms we rehearse at St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College, Ardor Site (Heights Lane) and in the summer term we rehearse at St Peter’s Church, Moorhead Lane.
Both sites have good parking (and plenty of on street parking nearby) and disabled access.

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?
The normal annual subscription is £160 (less than £5 per rehearsal!) which can be paid in installments.  If you join in January, the subscription is £80. For singers aged 30 and under, the annual subscription is just £60.

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 every Wednesday evening during term time from 7.30pm-9.30pm
Autumn / Spring terms St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College
Summer term St Peter’s Church, Moorhead Lane, Saltaire

St.Bede’s/St.Joseph College, Highgate, Emm Lane, Bradford, BD9 4BQ
Car:  Parking available on site
Bus:  The 622 and 626 run along Keighley Rd
Train:  Frizinghall Station is a moderate walk from the school (1 mile)

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