Rossini, Haydn & Mozart – a great concert!

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!


BAFCO have followed all the advice from the Government for the last 18 months.

We missed meeting each other but some of the choir managed to meet up as usual on Friday evenings, thanks to Zoom and Spotify!

The orchestra arranged a few Sunday workshops when restrictions allowed and

The choir have had 2 Friday evening practices at 7 pm in St Bartholomew the Less as usual – it’s wonderful for us to be back together again. We are currently working on Mozart Requiem.

Anyone interested in joining the choir – please contact 020 7588 3635 for more information.

Plans for the Autumn

In September, there will be an orchestral concert.

7.30 pm

Monday 27th September 2021

The Great Hall, Bart’s Hospital,
West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

Rossini – Overture from The Italian Girl in Algiers
Haydn – Symphony No 101 (The Clock)
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 22
Soloist – François-Xavier Villemin

Tickets at the door – no booking required.

In November, the Choir and Orchestra will join for an
Instant Mozart Requiem.

2.00 pm

Sunday 7th November 2021

Bart’s Great Hall


All singers welcome, no rehearsal – straight in at 2 pm

Please bring your own music!

No tickets required – donations to Bart’s Cancer Unit are welcome!
Join us and bring your friends.

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 •

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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