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Bury Choral Society

We’re passionate about singing & always welcome new members.

 

Bury Choral Society

We are Bury’s only auditioned mixed voice adult choir performing classical repertoire.

BCS is proud of its long tradition of choral singing. Founded in 1838, we are one of the country’s longest established choral societies. BCS adopted its constitution in July 2000 and became a registered charity in October of that year.

The choir currently comprises some 70 amateur singers from many different walks of life. We are mostly self-financing, with income being raised from members’ subscriptions, concert ticket sales, programme adverts and some specific project sponsorship.

Over the years the Society has performed a stimulating and varied repertoire with piano, organ and orchestral accompaniment. Every season we perform 3/4 concerts in different local venues.

We are eager to reach out to new sections of the community, nurture new young talent, welcome new singers and encourage our audiences and the wider population across the region to enjoy and become involved in music. Click here to visit our Membership page to discover how to join us.

Do you enjoy singing?

Would you like to join us? Come and meet us and sit in on a rehearsal.

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy & Shostakovich's Festive Overture

 

Saturday, 21st October, 2017 @ 7.30pm at Royal Northern College of Music, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9RD. With Jonathan Ellis, The Gorton Philharmonic leader John Resek, Bury Choral Society, and The Brixi Singers. Conducted by Juan Ortuño. Enquire about tickets by filling in the form below:

Tickets are also available from Bury Tourist Information Centre at The Fusiliers Museum, Bury, or from the RNCM box office, priced £12 (£10 concessions).

Meet The Team

Director of Music

Juan

Juan Ortuno

Spanish conductor Juan Ortuño is enjoying an exciting career in the UK, where he is principal conductor of the Sheffield Symphony Orchestra and the Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra.

He also regularly conducts concerts with Crosby, North Staffordshire, Alderley Edge and Wilmslow Symphony Orchestras. Coming from a family of singers, Juan is very passionate about working with opera and choral societies.

Jonathan Ellis began learning the piano at the age of three.

From the age of 11 onwards, he studied at Wells Cathedral School, and then moved on to the joint music course of the RNCM and Manchester University, achieving a first class degree from both institutions plus the PPRNCM diploma in solo piano, and has since attained postgraduate-level diplomas in accompaniment and chamber music, latterly studying with John Wilson.

Meet The Team

Accompanist

jonathan ellis

Jonathan Ellis

Meet The Team

Accompanist

jonathan ellis

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis began learning the piano at the age of three.

From the age of 11 onwards, he studied at Wells Cathedral School, and then moved on to the joint music course of the RNCM and Manchester University, achieving a first class degree from both institutions plus the PPRNCM diploma in solo piano, and has since attained postgraduate-level diplomas in accompaniment and chamber music, latterly studying with John Wilson.

Meet The Team

Assistant Accompanist

elin rees

Elin Rees is the Organist at Bury Parish Church, a freelance accompanist, and piano and organ soloist.

As an organist she is in regular demand as an accompanist to choirs across the North West, including the Alteri Chamber Choir, Congleton, Bury and Salford Choral Societies and Ad Solem, the prize-winning University of Manchester Chamber Choir.

Music & Video

Here is a small selection of some of our recorded performances.

Leeming: Cotton Mills (2013)

World premier performance of Zakiya Leeming’s “Cotton Mills”, specially commissioned by Bury Choral Society in celebration of its 175th season. Words by C. Richard Miles. Performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on 12th May 2013. Conducted by Sinead Hayes.

So, come and join us!

If you are 16+, enjoy singing and would like to consider joining us, you are invited to come and meet us and sit in on a rehearsal. You are assured of a warm welcome.

Reviews

Read our latest reviews to discover more about us.

A Victorian Entertainment

A Victorian Entertainment

Bury Choral Society’s final concert of the season, performed at St Lawrence’s Parish Church in Prestwich was an entitled A Victorian Entertainment, and it offered exactly what it said. The items all had their origin when Victoria was on the throne, and they were...

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The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

The Armed Man : A Mass for Peace (Karl Jenkins) – Stand Church Whitefield, 11th March 2017 The concert included the short ‘In Terra Pax’ (Finzi) during which the choir’s ability to sing quietly made its impact in this reflective piece. Choir member Chris Babbs is...

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The Creation

Receiving its first public performance in 1799, Haydn’s oratorio The Creation was immediately hailed as a masterpiece, a reputation it has never lost, and deservedly so. It offers melody, narrative and drama in abundance. In addition, the text is not without its...

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St. Matthew Passion

Bury Choral Society Saturday 14th May 2016. All Saints Church, Whitefield Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in its entirety is almost 3 hours long, and was originally intended to be heard in two parts, before and after a Good Friday sermon. Minimal cuts were sympathetically...

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0161 761 1544

Secretary

Contact Address:
Bury Choral Society, c/o 166 Tottington Road, Bury, Lancashire. BL8 1RU.

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