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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.

Come and sing… Verdi’s Requiem


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AN INSTANT CONCERT FROM SCRATCH!

SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020
at 2 PM

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

Bring your own score
and enjoy an afternoon in the company of
Barts Academic Festival Choir and Orchestra
with Margaret Banwell as leader
conducted by John Lumley
– listeners are welcome too!

• Entry is free entry but donations to
Barts Cancer Unit are most welcome •

… read more

The Great Hall 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.

TRANSPORT
– 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 ConcertMonday 30th March at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital

Looking towards 2020…


Our Christmas Concert in the Great Hall was a lovely way to start the lead up to Christmas!  We immersed ourselves in Mozart, Elgar, Bach, Handel and favourite carols for everyone to sing.  The woodwind excelled themselves in the orchestral pieces and the choir enjoyed singing the choruses from the Messiah, and Christmas Oratorio.

The audience were as generous as ever with donations towards the Barts Cancer Unit, and everyone enjoyed both singing the carols and the wine and mince pies in the interval!  A lovely evening all round, with the Great Hall full of Christmas Joy and a beautiful twinkling Christmas tree!  Thanks to our faithful followers – it was good to see both friends and newcomers!

The Seasons

The choir starts again on Friday 10th January 2020 at 7.00 pm, rehearsing The Seasons by Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) – one of the last great movements that he wrote, based on the poem by James Thomson (1700-1748).  This secular oratorio is written for soloists, choir and orchestra.

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.

In the meantime, we wish you the very best for the festive season and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.


SAVE THE DATE

  • Sunday 23rd February at 2.00 pm – Come & Sing…
  • Monday 30th March at 7.30 pm – Easter Concert

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