Bury Choral Society

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Bury Choral Society’s concert at Bury Parish Church, Saturday, 14th March 2020 Two days after this concert the Prime Minister announced that all theatres, bars, venues and gatherings in the country would close and a week later directed everyone to Stay at Home.  And...

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Just An Hour – A Compact Concert

The music was a partial repeat of the concert performed by the choir earlier in the week at All Saints Church, Stand – Entente Cordiale, a mixture of French and British music – with half of the choir taking part for this short concert…

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Entente Cordiale!

The advanced publicity promised a large scale opening to the new season but, unfortunately, Elgar’s The Apostles has been postponed. However, the somewhat lighter weight mix of English and French music, including a stunning rendition by Elin Rees of Vierne’s Finale, 1st Organ Symphony…

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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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Next Event: Glorious Rhythm - Our concert scheduled for 16th May is CANCELLED but click View to listen and watch a virtual concert!  View