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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.

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!


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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.

What a great afternoon!


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Thank you to all the singers, musicians, soloists, helpers and audience that came to our Come & Sing Haydn’s Creation on Sunday 24th February.

The event was well attended, the hall had a positive buzz, the sun shone, and we enjoyed a relaxing, musical afternoon whilst raising £300 towards Barts Cancer Unit – a truly worthy cause.

Our next ‘Come & Sing’ is scheduled for Sunday 2nd June, so do Save The Date’ and join us if you can.

In the meantime, our next concert is on Monday 25th March at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital, when the orchestra will play the notable ‘New World Symphony’ by Dvorák.  Join us and unwind whilst listening to this musical treat.

We hope to see you soon and thanks again.

Easter Concert 2019


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MONDAY 25th MARCH 2019 at 7.30 pm in
THE GREAT HALL at ST BARTHOLOMEW’S HOSPITAL

DVORÁK: NEW WORLD SYMPHONY
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: FIVE ENGLISH FOLK SONGS

VERDI: SACRED PIECES
HAYDN: TE DEUM

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
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.

Come and enjoy the evening with us – refreshments available

Come and sing… Haydn’s Creation


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AN INSTANT CONCERT FROM SCRATCH!

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

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2019 at 2 pm

Bring a score
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)


Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
The Creation (“Die Schöpfung”)

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The Creation was rapturously received by the audience when it premiered at Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna in 1798.

During two visits to the UK in the 1790s, Haydn was inspired by Handel’s music.  Thus, with renewed impetus and armed with John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, the tutor of Beethoven and friend of Mozart composed his masterpiece, collaborating with his patron, Baron Gottfried van Swieten, to translate the English text into German.

Set out in three parts, it commences with the Representation of Chaos being transformed into order and light; Part II continues celebrating each aspect of the creation, whilst Part III is dedicated to the relationship between Adam and Eve.

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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, call: 020 7588 3635.

SAVE THE DATE:
Easter Concert – Monday 25th March at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital – tickets available at the door!