About the Choir
Barnt Green Choral Society was founded in 1951 having developed from the local Women’s Institute Choir. We are a mixed voice choir and currently have around 55 members from the surrounding areas of North Worcestershire including Bromsgrove and Alvechurch, as well as South Birmingham.
We give three varied concerts per year at local venues: Our main concert in the spring of each year features choral works – both classical and contemporary – with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment. In December we have a concert of carols and festive music and lighter music is the subject of our summer concert in June. We often invite local ensembles and guest singers to join us at these two events which are generally held at our base at St. Andrews Church, Barnt Green. These are always popular with our audiences.
Highlights of recent years’ major concerts have included:
2014 First World War Centenary: The Armed Man – Karl Jenkins; Cantique de Jean Racine – Gabriel Faure; Agnus Dei (from Adagio for Strings) – Samuel Barber; In Remembrance – Eleanor Daley
2015 The Creation – Joseph Haydn
2016 A Baroque Concert: Magnificat – Pergolesi; Kantate 106 – Johann Sebastian Bach; Zadok the Priest – George Frederic Handel; Thou Knowest Lord – Henry Purcell; Gloria – Antonio Vivaldi
2017 Contemporary Classics: The Gift of Life – John Rutter; Sunrise Mass – Ola Gjeilo
2018 Great Mass in C Minor – Mozart; Te Deum – Dvorak
Our Musical Director is Steve Cowperthwaite. Read more about our Musical Director