We are so pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Sir David Willcocks Carol Competition. The judges chose three carols, which you can hear for the first time at our Carols at Cadogan concert on 20th December. The first prize in the 19 and over category is shared by Fernando Taberner and Thomas Neal and the 18 and under category winner is Christopher Churcher. Read why John Rutter, Jonathan Willcocks and David Hill chose these pieces.
We invited six brilliant, award-winning composers to write new works in answer to chorales from Bach’s St Matthew Passion. They had complete freedom to choose their text, and challenge and explore different musical styles. Whilst we’ve funded the commissions and recording sessions, we need your help to produce and release this recording, both online and as a CD, to reach the widest possible audience. Click to watch the video.
The Bach Choir set out to commission more new music in 2020, which was a challenging year for musicians. After a brief competition, Soprano and art historian Laura-Jane Foley’s text was given to Gabriel Jackson to compose a new piece to capture the moment we all faced in lockdown.
We Dream Films’ film proved the perfect pairing with Gabriel Jackon’s ground-breaking composition and Laura-Jane Foley’s text. Click ‘read more’ to watch ‘The Promise’ in full now.
Watch this video of The Bach Choir performing The Promise. This exciting new work by Gabriel Jackson with words by choir member Laura-Jane Foley will also be premiered live on Sunday 24 October at London’s Royal Festival Hall, alongside a short film about nature by We Dream Films.
Singing member, Peter Johnstone, talks about his experience with COVID-19 in the ICU last March 2020 and how his diaries provided the inspiration behind a new choral commission ‘Vision of a Garden‘, by Richard Blackford to be premiered on 24th October by the Choir. Read more then book your tickets!
Our behind-the-scenes blog, written by member Georgina Donatantonio. In the latest post Caroline Hoffman, singer in the Choir, talks about the inspiration behind ‘Unsilenced Song’. This new setting of Tallis’s Hymn will be performed by The Bach Choir and NHS Chorus-19 this October.
The Bach Choir and Musical Director David Hill announce the premieres of ten newly-commissioned contemporary choral works for the 2021/22 season. Read about the diverse range of new composers working with the Choir this year.
Vocalise! – The Bach Choir’s schools engagement programme is set to return in September, sharing the joy of singing through a series of interactive singing workshops in primary schools, culminating in an annual performance on stage with the Choir.
Tickets now on sale for Fauré’s Requiem: Music for Reflection and Hope, Sunday 24 October 2021, 3.00pm.
Join the 150+ singers of The Bach Choir as we return to the concert platform with the perfect afternoon of reflection and hope for the future.
Every year The Bach Choir performs the St Matthew Passion to sold-out audiences. Unable to perform in 2020 or 2021, we used Bach’s music