Welcome to Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, as we have just completed our fifth season under the inspiring leadership of Ben Woodward, happy to report another that after changing to Division 1 at the 2014 Leith Hill Musical Festival we enjoyed an overall second place finish, with wins in the Part Songs and Ensembles.
The choir rehearses at 19.45 every Wednesday evening in United Reformed Church Hall, Redhill 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.
This year's Summer Concert is to be held in Betchworth Church on the 21st June where we will be leading with the Duruffle Requiem to help showcase the newly completed organ.
Our Christmas Concert is always well attended and for the past two years has seen us partner with two London Brass Consorts to produce a big festive sound.
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.
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
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”.
Saturday June 21st
The new organ at St Michael's Church was put through its paces by guest organist, Richard Pearce. The soloists were in great form: Alto Jemma Brown gave a fine performance of O Don Fatale from Verdi's Don Carlo followed by Catharine Rogers, soprano, who sang one of Violetta's arias from La Traviata.
The Choir "pulled out all the stops" and gave a fine performance of Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb followed, after the interval, by the Durufle Requiem. It was a great evening enjoyed by the Choir and the audience!
Surrey Choirs hit the high notes at 2014 Leith Hill Music Festival. Read about it in the press here.
Congratulations to all who took part in another wonderful Leith Hill Musical Festival. It was a fantastic day, the choir sounded great on stage with a win in the Elgar part song and a most impressive pair of Ensemble performances attaining joint first!
Summer Concert Rehearsals start 30th April 19:45hrs at URC Redhill.
Congratulations to the Swimarathon team raising money for the LHMF commission. Mandy, Lena & Matthew from BBCS teamed up with Nick and Anne from Leatherhead in Dorking Pools on Saturday 8th clocking up an impressive 58 lengths in an hour (up 11 on last year's total) & coming 'second' to a team of swimming teachers!
Cake Sales: Great fund raising effort from BBCS Members. Many thanks to everyone who baked and bought cakes both at our rehearsals last week and at the combined rehearsal on Saturday.
January 8th 2014 - Back to school and time to take a serious look at the Leith Hill competition pieces. It is not too late to join if you wish to participate in the Leith Hill Music Festival but you should be prepared to work hard, attend all rehearsals and make 100% effort.
2014 Spring Newsletter - now available under Members Info
December 4th: Christmas Concert: take a look at the reviews, there is even one from Nicholas Owen
September 11th: Great to see a lot of new faces at our first two rehearsals - exciting and varied music in the folders (efficiently distributed as always by Anne our fantastic librarian)
August 11th: BBCS recruitment poster available, opportunity for new singers to join us at the start of the New Season.
June 9th: The 2013/2014 season dates announced! Check the Diary section.
May 20th: LHMF Post Festival Review notes are published.
April 11th: Leith Hill Musical Festival - BBCS wins Division 2 with highest aggregate score. The day also featured the premiere of 'Never Weather Beaten Sail' composed for the BBCS by Matthew Price and the second ever performance of Sir George Martin's 'Mission Chorales' who came along to listen from the balcony. See press article here.
How musical are you? Take the BBC test and find out - takes about 25 mins.
Checkout the timelapse video of a BBCS rehearsal.