Bristol Choral Society

2021 Concerts

Saturday November 6th 2021


‘Five Mystical Songs’

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol

Tickets will be limited, so that the audience can remain socially distanced, and the concert will last for approximately 70 minutes with no interval.

Festal Te Deum Poston
Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice Finzi
Two Psalms Gustav Holst
Three Psalms Imogen Holst
Five Mystical Songs Vaughan Williams

Tickets now available at:

Ticket prices: £5.45 (under 25’s) – £30.52

Saturday December 11th 2021

5.30pm & 8.00pm

Messiah (Part 1) Handel

Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol

These performances will be of part 1 only and will last approximately 1 hour with no interval.

Ticket prices: £5.45 (under 25’s) – £30.52

Tickets available:

RPS Inspiration Award Nomination

Bristol Choral Society and MD Hilary Campbell are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for an RPS Inspiration Award. Just to be nominated is a huge honour and very exciting as the awards are likened to the BAFTA’s for classical music. We are incredibly honoured to be shortlisted for this award. More information can be found here:
The RPS award is open to public vote. We would therefore be extremely grateful if you might vote for us using the online voting form specially for the RPS Inspiration Award. Please note individuals may only cast one vote each. Please also feel free to share this with your friends, families and colleagues.

The closing date for votes is 11am on Thursday 30 September. The winners will be announced at an event at the Wigmore Hall in November.

Thank you for your continued support.

BCS shortlisted for ‘Making Music’ award!

Bristol Choral Society is extremely proud to announce that our musical director, Hilary Campbell, has been shortlisted for an award by ‘Making Music’. Hilary is in a shortlist of three conductors who are up for the ‘Best Vocal Music Director’ award!  You can read all about it here.
Not only that, but our project The Mary Otty Carol Competition, has also been shortlisted under the ‘Best Project with a Focus on New Music’ category.

We are incredibly pleased to be nominated and incredibly grateful to our supporters as well as our MD Hilary Campbell who has worked tirelessly during the whole course of the pandemic and the various lockdowns. Her creativity and energy have kept us singing, learning new repertoire and of course enjoying that fantastic opportunity last Christmas for new composers to have their works heard. In case you missed it, you can listen again here: The award ceremony is on September 8th at 8.15-9.15, and will be on Zoom. To join us for the occasion and our chance to tread the red carpet of fame, book your free ticket on Eventbrite here:

Just Keep Singing … (via zoom!)

We are continuing to rehearse via zoom until current guidelines change and warmly welcome new members to join us! Through the power of zoom we are able to remain connected and make music virtually together. We look forward to meeting you (virtually) at one of our upcoming rehearsals. For more information on how to join us click here:

Choral Scholars Wanted!

If you are a young aspiring professional singer and expect to be based in the Bristol area next season, why not audition for one of our Choral Scholarships? More information can be found here:

Stream Bristol Choral Society

If you’d like to listen to Bristol Choral in the comfort of your home we have a number of videos on our Youtube page. Our debut CD and podcast are also available on Spotify.

Mary Otty Carol Competition Winner – I Saw Three Ships Pamela Slatter

If you would like to listen to all of the finalists click here:

‘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 below:

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: Music for sale to download the list, and use the Contact us form to make any enquiries.