About The Choir

Photo: Oliver Edwards

Bristol Choral Society stages at least four major concerts per year at Colston Hall (and Bristol Cathedral), with professional orchestras and soloists such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Julia Hwang, and Mark Padmore.

Established in 1889, the choir has a tradition of high musical standards. The choir has an established reputation as the leading symphony chorus in the South West and is often invited to sing for organisations such as the Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, including concerts under late Presidents Richard Hickox and Sir Charles Mackerras, BBC Radio 3 concert broadcasts and BBC Proms concerts.

The choir has an auditioned membership of approximately 160 singers drawn from Bristol and the surrounding counties of Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and South Wales, encompassing all ages from students and young professionals to the recently retired, from all walks of life. Read here about joining the choir.

Bristol Choral Society is proud of its long history and contribution to the musical and cultural life of Bristol and the wider region over the last 125 years, and actively encourages the next generation in the pursuit of singing and music through a range of youth development and outreach activities with schools and young people.

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