Welcome to

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.

The Great War: Armistice

Tuesday, 6th November 2018, at Bury Parish Church, The Rock, Bury BL9 0AH.

Tickets: £12 (£6 Students) via our website, Bury Tourist Information Centre at The Fusilier Museum, Bury, and on the door.

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.                                                                                                                                                                           .

Rossini: Stabat Mater (May 2018)

In May 2018 BCS performed Rossini’s Stabat Mater at Bury Parish Church.

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.

Christmas Festivities – A Concert of Seasonal Music

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...

read more

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...

read more

Shakespeare and Cervantes

Bury Choral Society 1st March 2016. Shakespeare and Cervantes What an outstanding performance at the United Reformed Church on Tuesday, 1st March – yet another evening with a difference. It was a stimulating occasion which fully displayed Bury Choral Society as a...

read more

A British Celebration

Bury Choral Society Concert 10th November 2015 A British Celebration was the title given to Bury Choral Society’s first concert of the season, held in Bury Parish Church, featuring music by Parry, Elgar and Leeming and dedicated to the memory of the late and lamented...

read more

0161 761 1544

Secretary

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

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you.

Next Event: The Great War: Armistice Tuesday, 6th November 2018, at Bury Parish Church, The Rock, Bury  Buy Tickets