Latest News

group1
Hilary Campbell and Joi Demery (Chair) receiving the RPS Inspiration Award
 

Success!

Hilary, our Musical Director and BCS were the winners of the Inspiration Award at the Royal Philharmonic Society in November 2021.

It was a great honour to have been nominated for this award so to have won is thrilling and a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us!

 

Read More Here
database

Winners of the 2021 making music awards!

Making Music, the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music groups, has announced the winners of the 2021 Making Music Awards.

We are very proud that our Musical Director Hilary Campbell won the award for best Music Director for a vocal group and BVCS won the award for Best Project with a Focus on New Music for our Mary Otty Carol Competition.

Read More Here
database


Back to singing together!

It has been great to welcome everyone back to Broadmead Baptist Church for in-person rehearsals, albeit with some mitigations still in place to ensure we make it as safe and enjoyable as possible.

We are now working towards our Mozart concert in March, enjoying singing together  the music we first starting learning during the first lockdown in April 2020.

We look forward to welcoming you to a rehearsal or future concert.

Get involved


 

  • Hallelujah Flashmob
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 17 May 2022
    Hallelujah Flashmob

    flashmob Messiah

    Sunday 5 June

    Bristol loves a good flashmob and on Sunday 5 June see if you can spot a special rendition of the famous Hallelujah! Chorus from Handel’s Messiah at venues from Temple Meads station to College Green.   Members of Bristol Choral Society and their friends and family are warmly invited to attend and even take part in this unique event, organised by St George’s Bristol as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

    For more details visit:
  • Mozart Treasures Concert: A review
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 31 Mar 2022

    Photo: Barbara Evripidou/FirstAVenuePhotgraphy.com

    Finally the long awaited concert of Mozart Treasures postponed from March 2020 took place in Bristol Cathedral on 26th March 2022. The longest rehearsal time for any of our concerts but it was well recieved. The concert was reviewed by Samir Savant (CEO, St George's Bristol)  ...'lovely sustained tone and carefully paced dynamics'. 

    Read the full review here.

  • Launch of Bristol Choral Society's debut CD - The Big Picture
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 2 Feb 2022




    On 23 October, Bristol Choral Society celebrated the release of our first recording for choir, piano and percussion with classical label Delphian. Our musical director Hilary Campbell, our virtual host, was joined by judith Weir, Master of the Queen's Music and composer of the disc's title piece 'The Big Picture'. The CD also includes music by Cecilia McDowall and Bob Chilcott.

    It was a splendid evening with Hilary taking us through a virtual journey of the CD and playing a number of clips, which can be found here.

    The CD is now available in our on line shop.
  • Winners of the RPS Award for Inspiration 2021!
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Tue, 1 Feb 2022
    SUCCESS! 


    Hilary Campbell (centre), musical director of Bristol Choral Society, with Chair Joi Demery, recieving the Inspiration Award from John Gilhooly, Chair of RPS.

    Hilary our conductor, along with the choir itself, were the proud winners of the 'Inspiration Award' at the Royal Philharmonic Society this week!!

    The results were announced in a nail-biting ceremony at the Wigmore Hall, London on Monday 1st November, and we were so amazingly proud of Hilary - and of course of you, our wonderful audience members and supporters. Without you, we would be nowhere, as this particular award was down to a public vote. 

     

    The RPS tweeted their announcement with: ‘Led by Hilary’s unbounded energy, the choir gave stirring renditions of choral works throughout the pandemic, as well as launching their debut CD and a carol commisioning competition'.


    Thank you all so much for your support!  We felt that the inspiration award really was well earned by Hilary, who has kept us all going with music making over this past couple of years, despite all the problems. A great achievement!

    This news comes of course after our double win in the 'Making Music' awards, so we are certainly not short of plaudits right now.


     

  • Mozart Treasures Concert
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 20 Jan 2022




    Happy New Year to all our friends and audience members! 

    Bristol Choral Society is delighted to announce the start of a new season for 2022, and with all hopes that more live concerts will go ahead during this coming year.  We vastly enjoyed singing the Messiah again just before Christmas, and were so pleased that our audiences also expressed their pleasure at being back in the rhythm of festive choral offerings!  

    Our upcoming concert now will be just as popular, as it features an all-Mozart programme.  So hurry to get your tickets for the 26th March. We'll be in the beautiful setting of Bristol Cathedral, as usual these days. But the tickets are being organised now via a different route - so just follow this link: 
    https://3choirs.org/book
    or call the ticket office 01452 768 928
    Tickets are from £11 to £28, with our usual deal for under 25s at £5
    (Please note there is also a £2.50 booking fee)
    We are again planning for socially distanced seating, to keep everyone safe, as that worked well at Christmas in the vast spaces of Bristol Cathedral. 

    You will all know by now our amazing conductor, Hilary Campbell. She has been the recipient of prestigious awards over the last year, and with justification. Throughout the pandemic, the choir rehearsed under Hilary's baton on regular Zoom rehearsals, and in fact our rehearsals are still optionally on Zoom as well as in-person. Hilary and the choir have learnt new ways of tackling music, even though initially of course the option of singing remotely was simply a practical reaction to lockdown. Now we see it can give us even greater flexibility.

    The programme for the upcoming Mozart concert was one of the first that we learnt via our Zoom rehearsals, more than a year ago now. And it was so uplifting and magical to be making music in this way, despite all the problems we were facing. Mozart doesn't fail to keep our spirits up, and we are sure you will find the same in our concert in March.
     
  • New singers welcome
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 12 Jul 2021


    This coming season in 2021/22 is going to be exciting, as we get back to live concerts, and is a great moment to join the choir, if you'd like to give us a try. 
     Tenors and basses are particularly needed, but don't worry if you are 'just an alto': you'll find a warm welcome! You can try us out by attending a few rehearsals before having a (very friendly) audition to join as a full member. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings 7-9.00.  All ages are welcome and we are proud of having a wide age-range of singers in the choir from 14 years upward. So if you think you might be interested, just fill in the form here or contact our chorus manager: bcschorusmgr@gmail.com

    And here is a taste of the repertoire we have covered during the Pandemic. All of this is soon to be coming to a concert hall (or cathedral) near you: 

    Mozart:  Alma Dei Creatoris; Regina Coeli
    Finzi:  Lo, The Full Final Sacrifice
    Imogen Holst: Three Psalms
    Bainton: And I Saw a New Heaven
    Elizabeth Poston (first public performance): Festal Te Deum

    As you can see, we cover both well known favourites alongside new and exciting challenges.  

    Check out our virtual recording of Rachmaninov here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdqV87fP5CI

    And all our news here: https://www.bristolchoral.co.uk/news
  • Could you be our next choral scholar?
  •  
  •  Date Posted: Mon, 12 Jul 2021


    A particularly innovative scheme in our choir is that we recruit up to four paid choral scholars each year, who are young rising stars, often just starting out on their solo careers. You yourself may want to apply for one of these positions, or you may know people who would be keen. Do please pass on the word!

    Right now, we have two soprano choral scholars, and we are looking to recruit alto, tenor and bass scholars. Scholarships can start at any point in the season and are worth £1000. They are ideal for aspiring professional singers aged between 18 and 30, wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading and to broaden repertoire knowledge.

    They should be prepared to attend rehearsals and to sing in all our performances. Solo opportunities and small ensemble performances also come up during the season, and the choir delights in such brilliant voices in their midst.  Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings at Broadmead Baptist Church, Bristol. Not only do our choral scholars gain from being part of this amazing musical opportunity, but they also take an active role as ambassadors for the choir on social media and elsewhere.

    For further information and application forms please visit http://bristolcs.makingmusicplatform.com/scholars