Welcome to Buckland and Betchworth Choral Society, as we have just completed our fourth season under the inspiring leadership of Ben Woodward, happy to report another overall win in Division 2 at the 2013 Leith Hill Musical Festival and a sucessful Summer Concert featuring Haydn's Nelson Mass.
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. Our Autumn Season starts on September 4th. We are keen to welcome new members, this represents a very good starting time. Further information about joining can be found here.
Our Christmas Concert is always well attended, this year it is on the 4th December and sees 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.
Winter views over Buckland and Betchworth:
March 12th 2014 We will have a cake stall during our break to help raise funds for the LHMF commission. We will donate all our receipts from the night to that fund. We would be grateful for all your home made goodies for the sales table and we also need volunteers to help run the stall.
February 22nd 2014 The next combined rehearsal will be in Dorking Halls from 4-6pm. We would like to encourage every one to make the utmost endeavour to attend. It is a requirement of the festival that we do all make the combined rehearsals.
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.