Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir
Recruitment of Musical Director April 2018
The Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir (RLSBC) has given regular choral concerts in and around its hometown since 1939.
The choir’s founder-conductor, Dr Stanley Vann, conducted its first concert in March 1940 in Holy Trinity Church, a performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The choir’s repertoire includes most of the major choral works from the Baroque era to the twenty-first century. Under its current conductor, Nigel Stark, the RLSBC has performed music ranging from Bach (as our name suggests) through Mozart, Handel, Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Fauré to Paul Mealor and Eric Whitacre.
RLSBC performs three or four concerts a year at a variety of local venues, and in addition, we sometimes join with other choirs in double performances of major works. Two recent collaborations took us to Peterborough and Portsmouth.
In addition to our Musical Director, we have a professional accompanist. At least one of our annual concerts is accompanied by a professional or semi-professional orchestra and we generally engage professional soloists for our major works.
The choir has an elected committee which decides strategy and runs the choir on a day to day basis. The committee meets formally once a term to plan and prepare for concerts. We expect our Musical Director to be a partner in this process by attending committee meetings as required and planning programmes for future performances.
The choir rehearses every Wednesday during the school term, from 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm, at Lillington Primary School, Cubbington Road, Leamington Spa. We also hold choral workshops or come-and-sing events and accept Wedding and Carol singing engagements.
Choir numbers range between 70 and 85. We are an auditioned choir and auditions are carried out by the Musical Director, who decides on suitability for membership. All new members are auditioned prior to full membership and we aim to re-audition all members on a three-year cycle.