Established in 1856, Bradford Festival Choral Society is one of the oldest and most exciting choirs in the North of England. Performing at least four concerts per year, they have a fascinating past and a vibrant future.Over the years they’ve worked with the outstanding musicians of the day including conductors Edward Elgar, Charles Parry, Charles Halle, Malcolm Sargent, David Willcocks, Richard Hickox and Peter Maxwell Davies and composer John Rutter; their soloists have included such legends as Kathleen Ferrier and Peter Pears and recently worked with composer Duncan Druce – known for his completion of the Mozart Requiem – and jazz sensation Will Todd, composer of the acclaimed Mass in Blue.
Since 2008 the choir has been enjoying a revival under the baton of its young and dynamic Musical Director Thomas Leech, who has led them into new territory while constantly encouraging excellent performances of choral classics. The recent re-emergence of choral singing as a popular activity has brought them many new members of all ages, who thoroughly enjoy themselves regardless of ability or previous experience.
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