Bury Choral Society

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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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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...

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