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

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

Thank you for a wonderful concert!


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.


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.

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

– tickets available on the door