Founded in 1876, The Bach Choir is recognised as one of the world’s leading choruses, building upon a tradition that combines musical excellence with creativity and innovation. From the first performance in Britain of Bach’s Mass in B minor to the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s 2012 epicPrometheus, the Bach Choir's musical heritage is as rich as it is diverse. Directed by David Hill, one of the country’s most eminent conductors, the choir regularly performs and records across London and the UK in prestigious venues, from the Royal Albert Hall to Abbey Road Studios.
Described by the London Evening Standard as ‘probably the finest independent choir in the world’, The Bach Choir values the freedom that its independence brings, allowing them to work with the very best conductors, orchestras, and soloists, and to choose the music they perform. To date the Bach Choir has sung over 200 works in more than 80 venues, and continues to share their work with audiences around the world.
From oratorio to film scores and from St Paul’s Cathedral to Sydney Opera House, their repertoire – which covers works from the 16th century to the present day – celebrates the power that music has to connect us, to take us beyond ourselves, and to spark our imagination. The Bach Choir's work has an emotional intensity that only a large choir can evoke and in 2012 they invited a host of younger voices to join them. Their performance of Bob Chilcott’sThe Angry Planet at the BBC Proms saw over 250 school children singing as part of our sixth world premiere since 2001.
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir David Willcocks are some key musical figures who helped to build up the Bach Choir to the level it is at today. The patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and John Rutter is its President. David Hill is the choir's Musical Director, who is joined by Assistant Conductor and Accompanist Philip Scriven, widely revered as one of the foremost organists of today, and well respected as a conductor.
The Bach Choir has always been and continues to be characterised by the commitment of its members. With over 220 talented singers coming from all walks of life, an international touring schedule, and an outreach programme that takes our passion for music into inner-city schools, we are an active community performing, recording and sharing music for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age or background.
Text courtesy of www.thebachchoir.org.uk