Bristol Choral Society


The 2020 Mary Otty

Carol Competition Final

Tickets are available here:

Join Bristol Choral Society via Zoom as they showcase the talents of five contemporary composers and sit back and relax to the exquisite playing of Anne Denholm, former harpist to HRH Prince of Wales who has recorded G.F. Handel’s Harp Concerto – First Movement, Esther Swift’s Time Spinner ,Benjamin Britten:’s Interlude from The Ceremony of Carols, and Carlos Salzedo’s Concert Variations on O Tannenbaum especially for this event.

This exciting venture is a first for BCS as they extend their interest in contemporary choral music. The brief for the composition was: ” A carol for mixed voice choir, either a cappella or accompanied by harp/piano. The text should be appropriate for inclusion in a Christmas programme.” The winner of the main prize will receive £1000 and their carol will be published by Shorter House

The five shortlisted pieces you will hear were chosen from over 70 submissions from around the world by Hilary Campbell, Tom Shorter, a member of the choir and our sponsor . Our judges Judith Weir, Master of the Queens Music, and Stephen Jackson, conductor of Trinity Laban chamber choir, will adjudicate – and you as members of the audience will have your opportunity to vote for your favourite carol – so notebooks at the ready!

Hilary Campbell, our conductor, will guide you through what is guaranteed to be a joyful and creative celebration to set us on course to enjoy Christmas 2020 .

We look forward to seeing you. Tickets are available here:

Christmas Singalong at home with Hilary Campbell & Bristol Choral Society

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Don your Christmas jumpers and party hats and get into the festive spirit with our Christmas singalong at home with Hilary Campbell and Bristol Choral Society. Through the power of zoom you will be transported to our virtual choir room where we will virtually be able to make music together.

We will be looking at The Wexford Carol, O Holy Night, Jingle Bells and Let it Snow, followed by the opportunity for you to record Let it Snow and take part in a virtual choir project on YouTube. The perfect opportunity to try before you buy and see if BCS is the choir for you or to simply get into the Christmas spirit! Tickets can be bought here:

We look forward to singing with you soon!

‘The Big Picture’ – Available to buy now from our shop.

We had a splendid evening for our CD launch. Our conductor Hilary Campbell took participants on a virtual journey through our new CD.

Shortly we will be able to share with you some clips from our launch. Keep your eyes peeled for more information!

You can buy copies of our CD from the BCS Online shop here

Bristol Choral Podcast with Musicologist Katy Hamilton!

We’re delighted to share with you a podcast featuring musicologist Katy Hamilton to celebrate the release of our debut CD.

Katy Hamilton has written the sleeve notes for our CD. Click to listen to Katy chat with the composers Bob Chilcott, Cecilia McDowall and Judith Weir, some of the musicians who were involved in our recording as well as our Musical Director Hilary Campbell.

The link to the podcast can be found here:

Our debut CD was released on September 25th 2020. If you would like to buy a copy of our CD it is available via our online shop.

Bristol Choral Society Virtual Choir

We’re delighted to share with you our virtual performance of Rachmaninov’s Borogoditse Devo.



Bristol Choral Society is conducted by Hilary Campbell and is known as one of the leading big city choirs in the UK. Established in 1889, the choir has an auditioned membership of around 160 singers and performs classical choral concerts with professional orchestras at the Colston Hall and Bristol Cathedral.

It was a real treat to sing in front of such a good quality choir.
Nina Bennett, Soprano soloist

Music for Sale

We have a large amount of music for sale. Please click: BRISTOL CHORAL SOCIETY music for sale September 2020 to download the list, and use the Contact us form to make any enquiries.