Letter from the Chairman

Welcome to the Bach Choir’s 2018-19 season of music.

If you are new to the area and looking for a choir, or are thinking of returning to singing after a break, then come and join us any Wednesday evening at Lillington School.

This is a year of transition for the choir, as we have already seen the retirement of Nigel Stark and the arrival of our new Musical Director, Christopher Cromar.

Nigel Stark directed the Bach Choir for thirteen years, and in that time challenged us with programmes including everything from Oratorio to Opera, Bach to Bernstein, and many more in between! Under his baton the choir has performed a variety of music, some of it new to us, and we have all learned and grown as musicians.

In the Spring we sang Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Theresa Mass, directed by our new Musical Director, Christopher Cromar and performed in All Saints’ Church, Leamington Spa. We were accompanied by the Beauchamp Sinfonietta, a local orchestra with whom we often work, supporting each other in the varied music scene in the South Warwickshire area.

In Summer 2019 we are delighted to announce a special event for the choir – a performance featuring Classic FM presenter John Brunning’s recently premiered Unaccompanied Motets, plus we will also be singing his ‘Amazing Day’ and John Rutter’s ‘Feel the Spirit’. This is a wonderful opportunity for the choir and will be performed at All Saints’ Church. It may even be recorded for Classic FM…watch this space.

Melanie Forse Chairman

Term Dates

Summer Term

Rehearsals 7:30 Lillington, unless marked otherwise

1,8,15,22 May | Weds rehearsal, 7:30pm Lillington
29 May | Half Term – rehearsal as usual
5,12,19 June | Weds rehearsals as usual
22 June | Saturday – rehearsal 1:30 – 5:00pm Lillington
26 June | Weds – rehearsal as usual
27 June | Thursday – rehearsal, 7:30pm Lillington
29 June | Concert: Motets & Amazing Day by Classic FM presenter John Brunning, who will attend, All Saints’ Church, Leamington Spa
3rd July-28th August (incl) | Summer holiday – no rehearsals

Autumn Term

4th Sept | First Rehearsal
14th Sept | Come & Sing – see below
30th Oct | Half term, rehearsal as usual
5th Nov | Last Wednesday rehearsal before the concert
7th Nov | Additional rehearsal before the concert
8th Nov | Concert: Fauré Requiem, Elgar Music Makers, All Saints’ Church, Leamington Spa

Come and Sing

14th Sept | Come and Sing Carl Jenkins The Armed Man with Christopher Cromar and the Bach Choir, Holy Trinity Church, Beauchamp Ave, Leamington SpaOPEN TO ALL (see Concerts page for details)

Christmas 2019 Special

Saturday 14th Dec 3.00pm | Join the Bach Choir and bring your children along for a Bumper Family Concert of Seasonal Christmas Favourites, directed by Christopher Cromar and featuring Colin Druce on organ, All Saints’ Church, Leamington Spa (see Concerts page for details)

Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at Lillington Primary School from 7.30 – 9.45

Latest News

Edward Button Charity Concert 6 June 2019

Edward Button, a countertenor with the Kings Singers, accompanied by Colin Druce, will perform a recital in aid of local charity, Rufus’ Friends’ Fund, on 6th June in The Chapel, at Warwick School.

King’s High Gala Concert on Sunday 7th July 2019

We are pleased to support King’s High School in their 140th Birthday Weekend celebrations.   Local singers & musicians are invited to take part in a programme including highlights from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Jerusalem, and the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms, composed in the year of the School’s foundation in 1879. Attendance at the concert is free. See below for how to book tickets or join in the music.

It’s rehearsal time!

Rehearsals have started again in Lillington Primary School on Wednesdays at 7.30PM, after the Easter break, to prepare for the Summer Concert – with pieces by John Brunning and John Rutter.

Anyone considering joining us is very welcome to come and try out the choir, but the attendance cut-off for singing in the summer concert is almost here – and it will be the Musical Director’s decision whether you should wait till next term!

If you require more information please contact the Choir Secretary.