Bury Choral Society

Concert Reviews

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Judas Maccabaeus

Those who attended Bury Choral Society’s performance of Handel’s rarely sung oratorio Judas Maccabaeus at All Saints Church, Stand, enjoyed a real treat. The choir of about sixty (a few more tenors would be helpful), with good diction, and most attentive to the...

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Of Kings & Queens

Performed: 16th March 2019 Following the 20th Century English music of Bury Choral Society's concert commemorating the ending of the First World War and the joyful bagatelle of the Christmas Festivities, the choir demonstrated their versatility with a concert of...

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Christmas Festivities 2018

Amidst all the tawdry tat which bedevils so much of the Christmas season there are one or two gems to be found.  One such was at Bury’s United Reformed Church, where the Bury Choral Society gave their Christmas concert.  And what a gem it was! There were too many to...

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The Great War: Armistice

For their first concert of the season at Bury Parish Church, Bury Choral Society chose to mark the centenary of the signing of the armistice of the Great War with a very carefully and appropriately assembled programme. Music was interspersed with poetry, narrative and...

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Stabat Mater & Messa di Gloria

This season’s final concert by Bury Choral Society, held in Bury Parish Church on 12 May, comprised two sacred works from composers usually associated with opera.  Puccini’s Messa di Gloria was composed when he was only 22 as a graduation piece, was a resounding...

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A Batty Night at the Operetta!

A Batty Night at the Operetta! A curious title for what was, in fact, a semi-staged performance of the younger Johann Strauss’s scintillating operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) but with added entertainment performed by Bury Choral Society at Stand Parish Church on...

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Christmas Festivities – A Concert of Seasonal Music

For this reviewer, Bury Choral Society’s Christmas concert is an event much looked forward to, as it is invariably a source of many good, seasonal things musical. This year’s was as good as, if not better than, ever. Musical Director Juan Ortuno’s cheerful exuberance...

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Carmina Burana

This is a popular but difficult work for choirs and orchestra alike requiring large forces and for singers a dexterity of vocal line and diction to master the Germanic Latin text of much of the work. A large audience at the Royal Northern College of Music gave...

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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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Entente Cordiale! Vierne Messe Solennelle, Elgar Great is The Lord & The Spirit of The Lord, Tuesday, 12th November, at 7.30pm, All Saints Church, Stand, Whitefield, M45 7NE