Buckland and Betchworth was formed in 1923. Originally a "village" choir with members drawn mainly from the two villages, today we have members 'commuting' from all over Surrey. Pleasingly, in recent years we have attracted more singers from within the bounds of the two villages and this local link remains very important to us.
In normal times rehearsals take place every Wednesday at Betchworth Village Hall, Station Road, Betchworth RH3 7DF 19.45 - 21.45 with a 15 minute break - our 2021 season begins as soon as live rehearsals are permitted.
This renowned annual Surrey festival was founded in 1905 by Evangeline Farrer and Margaret Vaughan Williams, whose famous brother Ralph was Festival Conductor for nearly 50 years.
Around 600 singers from 12 local choirs compete over the Festival's three days. In the morning the choirs of each group, with their own conductors, participate in friendly competition singing in the set pieces and passages from the main works. These competitions are open to the public on purchase of a programme (price £2.00).
The choirs unite for the afternoon rehearsal, when they are joined by professional soloists and the orchestra. This year, BBCS will be performing on Thursday 16th April - you can hear the competitive classes during the morning session, and join us for a performance of Vaughan William's A Sea Symphony at 7.30pm, sung by all the choirs in our division and conducted by Festival Conductor Jonathan Willcocks.
For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit the Leith Hill Musical Festival's website.