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Choral Society

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Bath Choral Society (founded 1887) is a lively amateur mixed choir of about 100 voices, engaging professional orchestras and soloists and presenting a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire. The choir performs four or five concerts a year in Bath, including two performances of Messiah in Bath Abbey during early December.

David Gostick took over as Musical Director in September 2016, after Will Dawes (MD 2011-2016) moved on to further his international singing career. Both have followed in the footsteps of Matthew Bale, who retired in 2011 after 23 happy and productive years with the choir.

Notable recent performances for the choir have included the Monteverdi Vespers, Haydn The Seasons and The Creation, Mozart C minor Mass, Tippett A Child of our Time, and a concert including James MacMillan The Seven Last Words from The Cross and Faure Requiem. In 2011 the choir also sang the first performance outside London (and only the second ever) of Vaughan Williams's rediscovered Cambridge Mass with guest conductor Alan Tongue, and two acclaimed performances of Messiah with the celebrated conductor Jeremy Summerly.

Encouraging all ages, the choir has been particularly successful in attracting younger singers over the last few years and has in place a bursary scheme for singers under 25 which helps with membership and music costs and also provides complimentary individual singing lessons.

Bath Choral Society regularly supports local charities and has recently raised nearly £1,000 for 'Off the Record'. The choir has also collaborated with Bath Abbey in concerts to raise money for WaterAid and the homeless in Bath, by performing Bach's St Matthew Passion as part of the Abbey's commemoration of Holy Week.

Every two years the choir tours abroad and performs varied programmes in some of the great musical cities of Europe, most recently touring to Paris in the summer of 2015. In summer 2017, there is a visit planned to Bratislava in Slovakia.

Entry to the choir is by a simple audition process in a supportive atmosphere. Some experience of choral singing is beneficial, though there is always mutual help from other choir members. Click here for some very positive comments from our most recent new members. For further information please contact the Registrar. Click here for additional contact details.

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