Welcome to Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, as we have just completed our fifth season under the inspiring leadership of Ben Woodward. We are happy to report at the 2015 Leith Hill Musical Festival we enjoyed an overall second place finish, with wins in the Open Class and Ensembles.
The choir rehearses at 19.45 every Wednesday evening in Betchworth Village Hall, Station Road, Betchworth from September to the end of June. As well as participating in the Leith Hill Festival in April, we hold an annual Christmas concert and a Summer concert. We are keen to welcome new members, this represents a very good starting time. Further information about joining can be found here.
As you would expect for such a lively group we have a very full social calendar. The Events page has details of this season's activities.
For the second year running BBCS were pipped at the post by Holmbury St Mary, the overall winners of Division 1, BBCS picked up the Dorking Chamber of Commerce Silver Cock for second highest aggregate score.
Singing Mendelssohn's Abschied vom Wald BBCS won the Oxshott Challenge Cup, awarded for the Open Class. " Some tidy ensemble singing that grew in effectiveness as dynamics rose, for instance in the crescendos in the last line. Your bravery to sing unaccompanied music paid off since you kept in Eflat major throughout!"
BBCS entered two Ensemble groups performing As Water to the Thirsty by T.Brian Coleman, arr. John Barnard. BBCS Ensemble Group 1 were awarded the Drew Banner. "A rather touching opening, the descant verse had a natural happiness and the final 4-part cadence was absolutely beautiful"
BBCS picked up good marks for all other pieces and some pleasing comments from the adjudicators:
The Part Song, Carter's O Mistress Mine, "performed with plenty of energy. Good pace when needed in the performance, a general warmth of tone that was most attractive"
The Women's song, May by Amstrong Gibbs, "crisp attention to text excited the air on page 1 which gave energy to the individual entries. A telling and committed performance"
The Men's song, All throuh the night arr. Keith Christopher, "a neat unison sound, a lovely ending."
And we're off: The first
class of the first day was Morley’s madrigal “Now is the Gentle Season” “which is about what?” asked adjudicator Chris Mallinson with a twinkle in his eye as he reminded the choirs the madrigals was
full of lust!
The women’s song was Alan Bullard’s haughty arrangement of Belloc’s “Charles Augustus Fortescue” with the ladies of Holmbury-St-Mary winning with their clever characterisation.
The Men’s Song, Copland’s “Ching-a-ring-chaw” seemed to get faster each time it was sung and was followed by Elgars’s “Feasting I Watch” in which adjudicator Ben Costello asked that the choirs follow the score markings “to the last eyelash”.