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.

A note of thanks!

We are pleased to share this note of thanks received from Barts Cancer Unit for the cheque we presented with the generous donations raised from concerts and come-and-sing events throughout 2019.

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To read more about how BAFCO supports Barts Cancer Unit, please read our ‘Thank you for your support!‘ page.


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Dear All

The escalating effects of the Coronavirus pan-epidemic means that regrettably, we have had to postpone our Easter Concert (29/30 March) – this is particularly disappointing in view of the effort you have put in to bring it within reach for the performance.  We will reschedule The Seasons later in the year into an existing slot.

How much else will require a reschedule is unclear, but this is a changing scene and we will give regular updates.  We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as is possible.

Best wishes

John Lumley

Join us for Haydn’s The Seasons…

The Seasons

BAFCO presents their Easter Concert


Monday 30th March 2020 at 7.30 pm
The Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE
Tube/Train: St Paul’s, Barbican, Farringdon or City Thameslink

Conductor: John Lumley ♦ Leader: Margaret Banwell

Tickets:  £15, £10 concessions – available at the door

• All concert proceeds go to Barts Cancer Unit •

Join us for a delightful evening of Haydn’s last oratorio,
written for orchestra, choir and soloists.

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.

The Seasons

Come and sing… Verdi’s Requiem

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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.

– 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.

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.


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