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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.

Come & Sing! Choral Music Through The Ages

Join us for a day rehearsing and then performing works which show the breadth and variety of choral music, accompanied by Jonathan Ellis and under the charismatic direction of Bury Choral’s Director of Music, Juan Ortuño. This is an opportunity to sing and rehearse some great pieces and learn vocal technique. All of the works are tuneful and well known and the emphasis of the day will be on enjoying singing together.

Schedule
9.30 Registration
10.00 Rehearsal
12.30 Lunch
1.30 Rehearsal
3.30 Break
4.00 Performance – a free concert

Programme
Thomas Campion – Never weather, beaten saile
Vivaldi – Gloria in Excelsis Deo
Bach – Jesu, joy of man’s desiring
Handel – Zadok the Priest
Mozart – Lacrymosa (from the Requiem)
Elgar – Dance (Bavarian Highlands)
Tavener – The Lamb

The short performance at 4 pm is free of charge. Please invite friends, family and anyone else who would like to hear some great and enthusiastically sung choral music.

Tickets cost £10 per person (£5 for students) which includes music hire and soft drinks during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Lunch is available in the upstairs café, Delicious, and can be ordered before the start of the first rehearsal session; there are many other outlets around town or bring your own.

Payment can be made by BACS or by cheque.
Account details for BACS:
Sort code: 20-45-45
Account number: 13814041
If paying by BACS, the reference should be SING followed by your surname, eg SINGBROWN

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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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...

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Carmina Burana

It is always a good feeling to be at a concert of Bury Choral Society. The concert in May was no exception. It commenced by students of the Royal Northern College of Music performing Old Hungarian Dances from the 17th century, for wind quintet, by Ferenc Farkas.  As...

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March Concert

On Tuesday, March 3rd, Bury Choral Society presented “Spring Celebration” a concert of mainly German and German-inspired items from Schubert, Brahms and Elgar. As their cheerful Spanish conductor Juan Ortuňo said, it would probably be spring in his homeland even if...

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Secretary

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

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