Next rehearsal is 12 nooon Saturday 26th April at St Cyprian's Church - off Baker Street

London’s largest professionally rehearsed choir

 

Barts Choir is a London-based amateur choir, with over 400 regular singers. We stage high quality classical choral concerts with professional orchestras and soloists in London’s top venues. Recent highlights include Mahler’s 8th Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall, Handel’s Israel in Egypt in the Cadogan Hall and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in the Royal Festival Hall. We also participated in the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. 

Barts Chamber Choir is a 40-strong sub-set of the main choir, performing in smaller venues such as St Martin in the Fields Trafalgar Square, St James's Piccadilly, and Kings Place.

 

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Forthcoming Concerts

Mozart: Requiem & Ave Verum Corpus: Friday 18th April

St Martin in the Fields
Start Time: 20:00

Title(s): Mozart Requiem + Mozart Ave Verum Corpus

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Choir: Barts Chamber Choir
Orchestra: Trafalgar Sinfonia
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield


About the performance:

The Requiem Mass in D minor (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was composed in Vienna in 1791 and left unfinished at the composer's death on December 5. A completion dated 1792 by Franz Xaver Süssmayr was delivered to Count Franz von Walsegg, who had anonymously commissioned the piece for a requiem mass to commemorate the February 14 anniversary of his wife's death.

The autograph manuscript shows the finished and orchestrated introit in Mozart's hand, as well as detailed drafts of the Kyrie and the sequence Dies Irae as far as the first nine bars of "Lacrimosa", and the offertory. It cannot be shown to what extent Süssmayr may have depended on now lost "scraps of paper" for the remainder; he later claimed the Sanctus and Agnus Dei as his own. Walsegg probably intended to pass the Requiem off as his own composition, as he is known to have done with other works. This plan was frustrated by a public benefit performance for Mozart's widow Constanze. A modern contribution to the mythology is Peter Shaffer's 1979 play Amadeus, in which a mysterious messenger orders Mozart to write a requiem mass, giving no explanation for the order; Mozart (in the play) then comes to believe that the piece is meant to be the requiem mass for his own funeral

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Rutter: Monday 30th June

Royal Festival Hall
Start Time: 19:30

Title(s): : Magnificat & Feel the Spirit

Composer: John Rutter
Choir: Barts Choir
Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield


 johnrutterJohn Rutter
One of Britains' Great 20c Composers!

Magnificat: Was composed on a commission by MidAmerica Productions, a concert organisation in New York performing in Carnegie Hall with a choir of about 200 voices selected in the United States.[3] Rutter was inspired by "jubilant celebrations of Mary in Hispanic cultures"[2]and conceived the work as a "bright Latin-flavoured fiesta".[3]

Feel the Spirit: The heritage of the African-American spiritual has fired the imagination of composers, performers, and audiences for more than a hundred years. Each generation has produced interpretations of many kinds, yet, curiously, rather few composers have combined the resources of soloist, choir, and orchestra. John Rutter was inspired by the vocal artistry of Melanie Marshall to build a set of spirituals crafted to her personal style, partnered by choir, with the orchestra to supply an extra dimension of colour and emotional depth. Feel the Spirit received its concert première in Carnegie Hall in June 2001. © Collegium Records

 

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