You’ve found the website for the smaller of the Barts choirs, whose history stretches back to 1971 when the choir of Christ Church, Woburn Square, came together with an orchestra to perform The Messiah. The rest, as they say, is history. This site celebrates that history and aims to bring old friends and followers together. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Sunday 20th February 2022 at 2.00 pm
in The Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC!
All singers welcome, no rehearsal – straight in at 2 pm
Join us and bring your friends
No tickets required!
* Donations to Barts Cancer Unit welcome *
The Great Hall at Barts is an impressive historical environment for our concerts.
Ascend the stairs and marvel at the Hogarth paintings
before being seated amidst benevolence past and present.
– Train: City Thameslink (Holborn Viaduct exit)
– Tube: St Pauls (Central), Barbican, Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan)
– Bus: 46 56 (Bart’s Hospital), 8 25 521 (City Thameslink), 100 (King Edward Street)
If you enjoy singing and like an informal approach, join our choir – we welcome new members. For information, message us via our Contact Us page.
SAVE THE DATE
Easter Concert | BACH: St John Passion
– Monday 28th March at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital
The Christmas Concert was good fun and a great way to start the festive season – thanks to everyone’s input and contribution.
We start the January term on Friday 7th January 2022 at 7.00 pm in St Bartholomew the Less Church, rehearsing St John Passion by Bach – copies will be available at the practice to purchase if required. New singers are welcome to join us as we work towards our Easter Concert at the end of March.
Rehearsals will be socially distanced and well ventilated so do ensure you wear enough warm cloths!
Remember, if you have any signs or symptoms of just an ordinary cold, it would be best not to come.
Also in the interest of keeping everyone safe, it is good practice for those attending choir rehearsals on Fridays to complete a negative lateral flow test each time before coming. Obviously, if it is positive, do not attend the session. This is not compulsory, nor is proof of the result required, just a request and a sensible precaution.
SAVE THE DATE
- Sunday 20th February – Instant Nelson Mass & Puccini Messa di Gloria
– 2.00 pm in The Great Hall – tell you friends!
- Monday 28th March – Easter Concert: Bach’s St John Passion
– 7.30 pm in The Great Hall
BAFCO CHRISTMAS CONCERT WILL GO AHEAD ON MONDAY 13th DECEMBER 2021
Taking the recent guidelines regarding Covid 19 into consideration, the concert will go ahead with the following requirements from both audience and performers:
- Tested negative to a Lateral Flow Test on Monday 13th December
- Masks will be worn at all times unless performing
- Completion of contact details if not already known (Track & Trace)
- All attending to be aware and responsible for their own social distancing.
It will be a lovely start to the festive season, we must all play our part to keep ourselves and others safe.
Monday 13th December at 7.30 pm
The Great Hall at Barts Hospital
West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE
The Nutcracker Suite, works by the Strauss family
choruses from Handel’s Messiah & Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
+ Audience Carols
* Tickets available on the door – £15 (£10 concessions) *
All proceeds go to Barts Cancer Unit
Thanks to all those who came to sing in the choir and play in the orchestra on Sunday – for the Mozart Requiem from scratch! There was a good buzz of enjoyment all round, and it was clear that so many of us are delighted to get back to singing and playing again.
John Lumley outlined the plans for next year which will be the 50th year since BAFCO (Bart’s Academic Festival Choir and Orchestra) started. Dates are still to be confirmed, but as soon as they are – the plans will be put on this website so as many of you as possible can join our current choir for a great choral year!
Don’t forget that singers can join us again on Sunday 28th November at 2 pm, to sing Handel’s Messiah – again from scratch – look out your music and put the date in your diary!
Our orchestral concert on 27th September was a great celebration of our return to performing in the Great Hall at Barts!
The programme of Rossini, Haydn and Mozart were fully appreciated by our audience. In particular, the performance of the pianist, François-Xavier Villemin, in the Mozart piano concerto was a real joy. How François-Xavier manages to juggle his career as a concert pianist here and in France, with a career in banking – I do not know!
We look forward to our Christmas Concert on Monday 13th December, where we will start our celebrations for the festive season, and the audience will be able to join the choir and orchestra in carols to send us on our way!