About 

A short history...

The Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society was formed in 1912 as a member of the Leith Hill Music Festival.  This festival, founded in 1905, is a competitive choral festival for amateur choirs in the Surrey area.

 

The BBCS won many awards during the sixty-six festivals in which it took part. In 1989 a decision was made to branch out as an independent choir under its then conductor John Bawden.  

 

The choir originally started out with about 20 singers and the current membership stands at around 80. The choir puts on two concerts a year, usually at Holy Trinity Church in Guildford.  

Recent concerts have included major works such as Mozart’s Great Mass in C, Haydn's Creation,  Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and smaller works such as Elgar’s From the Bavarian Highlands and Bob Chilcott’s Aesop’s Fables.

 

In addition the choir holds an annual carol concert for the residents of a nearby retirement home.  

Objectives of our Choral Society 

The objectives of the Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society, as set out in our constitution, are to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation and enjoyment of the art and science of choral music in all its aspects by the presentation of public choral concerts and other choral performances/presentations and for the general purposes of such charitable bodies and for such other purposes as shall be exclusively charitable as the Society shall from time to time determine.

Committee 

The constitution currently permits a maximum number of eight members to form the committee. They are responsible for all aspects of the administration and finances of the society.

The current members are :-

 

Chairman - Janet Crosthwaite

Email: Chairman.bbcs@gmail.com

Tel: 01483 898245

Treasurer - Suzanne Oldrey

 

Secretary - Cathy Rayner

Social - Judy Downing

Publicity - Ray Knight

Website - Alison Martin assisted by Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims

Librarian - Anne Taylor 

 

Our musical director is David Condry and he attends all committee meetings.

"I value the Choir for its friendliness, the relaxed but aspirational approach to performance, and above all for being able to sing the sort of music I love!"

Recent Performances

2019

April 

          Verdi - Requiem

2018 

December

  • Bach Christmas Oratorio (Cantatas No. 1,3,6)

  • Bach Cantatas No. 61 and 140

 

April

  • Durufle - Requiem

  • Widor - Mass

  • Widor - Surrexit a Mortuis

2017

April

  • Opera Choruses

  • Elgar - From the Bavarian Highlands

  • Chilcott - Aesop's Fables

November     

  • Haydn - Creation

2016 

March 

  • Bach - St John Passion

November     

  • Mozart - Solemn Vespers

  • Mozart - Great Mass in C Minor

2015

March                 

  • Finzi - Magnificat

  • Bernstein - Chichester Psalms

  • Janocek - Otcenas

  • Saint Saens - Quam Dilecta

  • Faure - Tantum Ergo

  • Thompson - The Lord is My Shepherd

November 

  • Brahms  - Requiem

  • Vaughn Williams - Five Mystical Songs

2014

April              

  • Jenkins -The Armed Man

  • Haydn-Mass in Time of War

November 

  • Mendelssohn-Elijah

2013 

November      

  • Bach -Christmas Oratorio

Previous Workshops

2018

  • Tallis and Byrd

  • Russian Orthodox Masterpieces

  • Plainsong

 2016  

  • Cantate Domino

  • The early Italian Choral Tradition including Piton, Palestrina, Viadana and Victoria

  • English Renaissance; the English Choral Tradition 1850 to 1900 including            

  • Stanford, Wood and Barnby

2015  

  • English Tudor music including Byrd and Tallis

  • A capella songs be Grieg

  • Movements from Tchaikovsky's Liturgy of St John Chrysostom

  • Bach - Christmas Oratorio (2013)

  • Bach - Magnificat (2008)

  • Bach - St John Passion (2003)

  • Bawden (arr)  - Spirituals (1992)

  • Beethoven - Mass in C (1999)

  • Bernstein - Chichester Psalms (2005)

  • Brahms - Song of Destiny (1999)

  • Britten - A Ceremony of Carols (1989, 2010)

  • Britten - Gloriana dances (1993)

  • Britten - Jubilate Deo (1991)

  • Britten - St. Nicolas (2011)

  • Byrd - Mass (2006)

  • Durufle - Requiem (1996, 2004, 2011)

  • Dyson - The Canterbury Pilgrims (1999)

  • Elgar -  Ave Verum (1991)

  • Faure - Agnus Dei (1990)

  • Faure -  Cantique de Jean Racine (1990, 1996, 2011, 2012)

  • Faure - Requiem (1994, 2005)

  • Finzi - Magnificat (2010)

  • Goodall - Eternal Light (2011)

  • Handel - Chandos Anthems (1995, 2006)

  • Handel - Messiah (2001, 2013)

  • Handel - Zadok the Priest (1990, 2008)

  • Haydn - Creation (2009)

  • Haydn - Insanae et Vanae Curae (1990)

  • Haydn - Little Organ Mass (St John Mass) (1990, 1997)

  • Haydn - Mass in Time of War (2014)

  • Haydn - St Nicholas Mass (2004)

  • Haydn - Te Deum (1992)

  • Haydn - The Creation (1998)

  • Jenkins -The Armed Man (2008, 2014)

Other choral works performed since 1987

  • Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna (2009)

  • Mendelssohn - Elijah (2007, 2014)

  • Mendelssohn - Hear my Prayer (1994)

  • Monteverdi - Beatus Vir (1993)

  • Mozart - Ave Verum (1990, 1991)

  • Mozart - Regina Coeli (2009)

  • Mozart - Requiem (2010)

  • Mozart - Solemn Vespers (1991, 2010)

  • Mozart - Sparrow Mass (2005)

  • Parry -  Blest pair of Sirens (2002)

  • Poulenc - Christmas Motets (1996, 2004)

  • Poulenc - Gloria (2009)

  • Rossini - Cavatina (1997)

  • Rossini - Petite Mass Solenelle (1995, 2006, 2012)

  • Rutter - Feel the spirit (2003, 2012)

  • Rutter - Gloria (2010)

  • Rutter - Magnificat (2008)

  • Rutter - Requiem (1992, 2000)

  • Scarlatti - Dixit Dominus (1993)

  • Schubert - Mass in B (2006)

  • Schubert - Songs of the Fleet (1994)

  • Schubert - The Revenge (1997)

  • Sumsion - They that go down to the sea in ships (1996)

  • Tallis - Lamentations (1996)

  • Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1988, 1999, 2011)

  • Vaughan Williams - In Windsor Forest (1993)

  • Vierne - Messe Solennelle (2002, 2010)

  • Vivaldi - Gloria (1990, 2000, 2008, 2012)

  • Vivaldi - Magnificat (1993)

  • Weber - Masses in E Flat and G (2001)

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