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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.

Join us for our Christmas Concert

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Christmas scene

MONDAY 9th DECEMBER 2019 at 7.30 PM
THE GREAT HALL, ST BARTHOLOMEW’S HOSPITAL

MOZART: SINFONIA CONCERTANTE FOR FOUR WINDS
ELGAR: ROMANCE FOR BASSOON & ORCHESTRA
MOZART: DON GIOVANNI OVERTURE

with Choruses from
BACH: CHRISTMAS ORATORIO
& HANDEL: MESSIAH + audience carols

Conductor:  John Lumley
Leader:  Margaret Banwell

Admission:  Tickets £15, concessions £10 – available on the door
• All proceeds go to Barts Cancer Unit •

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE
– Tube/Train: St Paul’s, Farringdon, Barbican, City Thameslink
– Bus: 46, 56 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) or 8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink)

Come and celebrate the start of the festive season with us at our Christmas Concert, where you can join in the audience carols and reward yourself with a mince pie and a drink – all for a great cause.

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.

Thank you for a wonderful concert!


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The Haydn-Fest was a really lovely evening all round!  There were lots of compliments from all quarters, so thank you to the orchestra, choir and, of course, our conductor, for a great performance in such a short time.

And we extend special thanks to our soloists:

Helen Miles (Soprano)
Jennifer Westwood (Mezzo-soprano)
Andrew Burden (Tenor)
Gerard Delrez (Bass)

for their support and participation, which added so much to the enjoyment of all.


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The choir starts rehearsing this Friday for our Christmas Concert with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah.  So choir, if you have a copy, please dig it out and bring it with you to St Bartholomew-the-Less Church at 7.00 pm.

If you would like to sing with us, please do get in touch via this link to our Contact Us page.  We welcome new members and would love to hear from you.


SAVE THE DATE
Christmas Concert
Monday 9th December in The Great Hall at 7.30 pm
– includes audience carols and refreshments

– tickets available on the door

Autumn Concert 2019


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MONDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2019 at 7.30 PM

HAYDN – Symphony 99
HAYDN – Harmoniemesse

THE GREAT HALL, ST BARTHOLOMEW’S HOSPITAL
WEST SMITHFIELD, LONDON, EC1A 7BE

Conductor:  John Lumley
Leader:  Margaret Banwell

Tickets £15, £10 concessions – available on the door
• All proceeds go to Barts Cancer Unit •
… read more

Tube/train: St Paul’s, Farringdon, Barbican, City Thameslink
Bus: 46, 56 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) or 8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink)

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.

Bring a friend and enjoy the evening with us!

End of Season Update

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BAFCO Administrator and Interim Nursing Director of Barts Cancer Unit

Donating concert proceeds to Barts Cancer Unit

We are pleased to let you know that we were able to hand over the proceeds from concerts throughout the year to the Interim Director of Nursing, Angela Robinson, in the total of £2,372. All of which goes towards extras for patients and staff at Barts Cancer Unit.

This is only possible due to the generosity of our audiences, BAFCO members, and those who attend our Come & Sing events. Thank you for helping to make a real difference.


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Choral music for Autumn Concert

Congratulations to all for Monday’s concert, and a special thank you goes to our soloist, Jennifer Westwood.

Looking towards the start of the new season, we will be singing Haydn’s Harmony Mass (“Harmoniemesse”).

In the meantime, we wish you an enjoyable & relaxing summer.

SAVE THE DATE…
Friday 6th September – choral rehearsals start
Monday 30th September – Autumn Concert

Summer Concert 2019


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MONDAY 15th JULY 2019 at 7.30 pm in
THE GREAT HALL at ST BARTHOLOMEW’S HOSPITAL

DVORÁK  Symphony Nº 8
VERDI  Te Deum
ELGAR  The Music Makers

Soloist:  Jennifer Westwood
Conductor:  John Lumley

Leader:  Margaret Banwell

Tickets: £15, concessions £10 – available at the door
• All proceeds go to Barts Cancer Unit •
… read more

St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE
Tube/train: St Paul’s, Farringdon, Barbican, City Thameslink
Bus: 46, 56 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) or 8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink)

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.

Come and enjoy the evening with us – refreshments available

Come and sing… Haydn & Mozart!


Haydn and Mozart Instant 2019

HAYDN Nelson Mass &
MOZART Coronation Mass

AN INSTANT CONCERT FROM SCRATCH!

The Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

SUNDAY 2nd JUNE 2019 at 2 pm

Bring your own scores
and enjoy an afternoon in the company of
Barts Academic Festival Choir and Orchestra
conducted by John Lumley
listeners are welcome too!

• Entry is free entry but donations
to Barts Cancer Unit are welcome •
… read more

Transport
– Train/tube: City Thameslink, Barbican, Farringdon or St Paul’s
– Bus: 46, 56 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) or 8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink)

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.

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, or call: 020 7588 3635.

SAVE THE DATE:
Summer Concert – Monday 15th July at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital

The Summer Term…


Thank you to all who contributed to such a wonderful Easter Concert.  Feedback on the Dvorák’s New World Symphony has been delightful, especially as it was a debut for BAFCO.  The hard work and commitment from both the choir and orchestra this term is commendable.

BAFCO Summer Term 2019

Looking towards the Summer term, the choir starts rehearsing Elgar’s The Music Makers on Friday 3rd May at 7.00 pm.  Arranged for contralto soloist, choir and orchestra, this work is a poem by Arthur O’Shaughnessy set to quotations of Elgar’s earlier works, namely Sea Pictures, The Enigma Variations, The Dream of Gerontius, and Symphonies No 1 & 2.

If you would like to sing with us, you are welcome to join. There are no auditions but if you can hold a tune and are enthusiastic, our small, friendly group rehearses on Fridays from 7.00 to 9.00 pm, in Barts-the-Less Church, Barts Hospital, West Smithfield (Giltspur Street), EC1A 7BE – just inside the Henry VIII Gate, opposite Smithfield Meat Market.

Public Transport

TRAIN
City Thameslink (Holborn Viaduct exit)

TUBE
St Paul’s (Central)
Barbican or Farringdon (Metropolitan / Hammersmith & City / Circle)

BUS
46, 56 (Barts Hospital stop)
8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink Station stop)

For further information, send a message via our Contact Us page, or call on 020 7588 3635.