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
The choir, once again, will be accompanied by the Oxford Sinfonia who is in great demand across the region. The choir will be led by their Musical Director, Julian Harris.
Soloists Mollie Smith, soprano; Charlotte Collier, soprano and Christopher Willoughby, tenor will be making another welcome return visit to sing with the choir after their superb performances at the choir’s last concert in April. They will be joined by Patrick Keefe, bass, who will be singing with the choir for the first time.
It is with great thanks to SS Peter & Paul Church in Deddington that it is providing the perfect venue for a Summer’s evening of Baroque music. The concert will include some typically lively as well as moving choral pieces by Vivaldi and Purcell. The programme will include:
Purcell O Sing Unto the Lord
Purcell Rejoice in the Lord
Purcell Te Deum and Jubilate
In addition to the choir’s programme, Simon Lenton will perform a trumpet solo, Clarke Suite in D major for trumpet. Simon is best known as leader of the highly acclaimed Fine Arts Brass Ensemble. His first solo CD, ‘Music for a Perfect Day’, was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as “stunning virtuosity” for his performance alongside organist Kevin Bowyer.
Banbury Choral Society will be performing a shortened version of Elijah in St Mary’s Church, Banbury accompanied on the organ. They will be conducted by Julian Harris and the soloists will be Lorna Perry, soprano; Ed Harrisson, 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.