Update for Autumn 2021 (with fingers crossed!)
With the long awaited easing of restrictions, it’s hoped that the Choir may resume rehearsals and concerts from September.
If all goes to plan, rehearsals will begin by singing some shorter pieces from the Choir’s extensive library which may well be familiar to members, including repertoire for the proposed Autumn concert. The plan is then to offer a full season with three concerts, the traditional Messiah for All, and a public Singing Day – all dependent of course on what is permissible, and the agreement of our concert venues – the Arts Centre and St Oswald’s Church.
The Choir is hoping to present: Autumn: The Gifts of Saints and Shepherds to include Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass, carols and other seasonal music; Spring: Brahms’ A German Requiem (postponed from June 2020); Summer: settings of the Latin Requiem by Dvořak and Biber.
Dates will be announced as soon as they can be confirmed. Please keep an eye on the Arts Centre Events Page and also use the contact and Choir website details in the blue panel.
The Choir always welcomes new members aged 17 and over, without audition, both experienced and less so. Those interested are very welcome to come to initial rehearsals before committing themselves to join.
Bollington Festival Choir was founded in 1964 by Dr John Coope MBE (1928-2005) who conducted it for 37 years before handing the baton to Donald Judge, a member since 1976.
Known for its friendly atmosphere, new members and audiences are assured of a warm welcome. Anyone can join without audition, and there are also regular opportunities to participate in Singing Days and Messiah for All.
Known as a lively part of the community, the Choir performs several times a year in Bollington, but also attracts singers and audiences from the wider area.
Known for its adventurous programming, the Choir’s repertoire blends well-loved composers and pieces with the less familiar and the contemporary, including occasional works specially written by Donald Judge.
The Choir has an excellent accompanist, Rosalind Hall. As well as soloists from the Choir, outstanding young vocalists from the Royal Northern College of Music and an accomplished orchestra or accompanying musicians are often engaged for concerts.and an accomplished
orchestra or accompanying musicians are often engaged for concerts.
Forthcoming events at the Arts Centre feature on the Events page and in the published brochure.
For all Choir events, the current season’s leaflet, and full information please visit the Choir’s website or call 01625 511881.