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Pure Inspiration!: Join Barts this term and sing at the Royal Festival Hall 

Like to sing? New to the London choral scene? .... or just interested to see if you would like to be?

There's nothing quite like Barts Choir!


NEW TERM WELCOME! Rehearsals for our March 2017 'The Sea &The Sky Concert' at City Temple

nearest stations – Chancery Lane & City Thameslink

Jan 23 is the last rehearsal day for new members to join this term 



There’s no audition or charge to experience our choir.

Come and meet us, sing for a couple of rehearsals and see if Barts is the choir you would like to join.

Plus a special invitation to the staff and members of the Barts Health NHS Trust

Under 26 and new to Barts - Enjoy our special 'Welcome rate'

The choir includes both experienced and novice singers. Choral skills are developed to performance standard during a professionally led 14 session rehearsal period. There are 3 concerts each year at prestigious venues, such as Royal Festival and Cadogan Halls. Belonging to Barts Choir gives you the chance to enjoy and gain familiarity with the words and music of significant choral pieces of music (see 'Concerts'- tab on this site)

Why join Barts Choir?

1. There is no audition and we welcome everyone, both novices and experienced singers

2. You don't need to be able to read music

3. We are one of the biggest amateur choirs in London so you'll find hundreds of potential new friends amongst us

4. We meet on Monday evenings (not much else happening then) so it's an uplifting way to start your week or complement your studies.

5. We rehearse in convenient venues in central London (usually City Temple, Holborn)

6. Rehearsals begin at 6.45pm, when many people have just finished work, college or uni.

7. Become a better singer through expert tuition from our professional conductor – Ivor SetterfieldD

8. Over the years you will learn dozens of different pieces of choral music, some well-known, others more rare

9. Enough rehearsal time each term to enable us to learn challenging works to performance standard

10. We sing in world-renowned venues like the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall

11. The health benefits of group singing are well-documented. We feel better physically and mentally when we sing together.

12. Many of us go to the pub for a drink after rehearsals for a chance to socialise

We are friendly and welcoming and like to support new members.

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Forthcoming Concerts

The Sea and The Sky - Monday 13th March 2017

Royal Festival Hall
Start Time: 19:30

Title(s): Sea Symphony - The Lark Ascending - Blest Pair of Sirens

Composer: Vaughan Williams + Parry
Choir: Barts Choir
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield

The Sea and The Sky

“Behold, the sea itself”!  With a brass fanfare and this dramatic choral declamation, Ralph Vaughan Williams launches his first and longest symphony on a wave of sound.  He set words by Walt Whitman, the American poet, depicting the sea in all its aspects, reflecting in doing so on the larger questions of humankind’s place in nature and the cosmos, art, and exploration (spiritual as well as physical).  In this piece he attained maturity as a composer in his handling of large-scale symphonic form and choral and orchestral writing.

The Sea Symphony is complemented by Britten’s very different, but no less dramatic, response to the sea, in the Four Sea Interludes from his opera Peter Grimes, set in a tight-knit coastal community, where the sea is ever-present in its different moods, sometimes calm, sometimes threatening; Parry’s setting of Milton’s reflection on the partnership of “voice and verse” in Blest Pair of Sirens; and Vaughan Williams’s own evergreen The Lark Ascending.  The experience of hearing a large choir and full symphony orchestra live in these four British masterpieces is not to be missed.

Order now for best seats. Tickets will be dispatched from December 15th 2016

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