Next concert: Sat 7th Dec, Elijah Mendelssohn. Click here for tickets
Celebrating Choral Singing since 1942…
Banbury Choral Society was founded in 1942 during the dark days of World War II and celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2017. Over that time and to this day, the choir has staged numerous concerts in Banbury and North Oxfordshire and has helped to bring pleasure to many people.
At present, the choir has around 70 members with numbers increasing monthly. We are a supportive and friendly choir that welcomes enthusiastic singers of all ages. We believe singing is a shared experience that should be fun, engaging and rewarding. There is no audition, we simply ask that members can sing in tune and commit to practice. Please select the button below if you would like to join us.
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Upcoming Events and Concerts
Banbury Choral Society will be performing a shortened version of Elijah in St Mary’s Church, Banbury accompanied by the highly accomplished organist, Charles Matthews. They will be conducted by Julian Harris and the soloists will be Lorna Perry, soprano; Martin Quinn, tenor; and Jack Holton, bass.
The first performance of Elijah took place in Birmingham Town Hall on 26th August 1846 and was received with rapturous applause leading to several encores. Mendelssohn had taken several years to bring this oratorio to a listening audience. However, it was to be his last major work before he died from failing health in November 1847.
Bach St John’s Passion is one of the most demanding works for a choir to deliver, but also very rewarding. The music is intensely dramatic with an overriding message of compassion, hope and ultimate salvation. This oratorio-Passion was first performed on Good Friday in Leipzig in April 1724. The choir will perform their rendition of this masterpiece at St Mary’s Church, Banbury conducted by Julian Harris and accompanied by orchestra.