Billingshurst Choral Society (BCS) is a lively and well-established choir based in West Sussex. Founded in 1986 by a group of friends including our founding Musical Director George Jones, the choir has grown steadily in experience, repertoire and numbers.
In 2015, after 29 years of building and developing the choir George Jones decided on a well-earned retirement from BCS, and we were delighted to appoint Cathal Garvey as our new Musical Director. Cathal continued to develop the choir from the strong tradition built by George Jones, and his work with us has attracted critical acclaim. At a similar time we appointed a new rehearsal accompanist, Helen Wharmby. Over recent years we have continued to grow as a choir, and to perform highly enjoyable concerts to audiences in the south east and beyond.
2020 of course saw enormous changes for everyone and, like all choirs, we have had to interrupt our musical activities. As part of the re-planning of our future direction, we are in the process of appointing a new Musical Director.
The choir has a wide repertoire, ranging from music by Handel, Bach and Beethoven to Verdi and Vaughan Williams, and modern composers such as Rutter, Chilcott, Jenkins, Todd and Goodall.
As well as performing locally, we also embark on regular tours to venues further afield, as described here
Membership is currently around 80 singers, but we’re always keen to welcome new members! Our normal weekly rehearsal time is on Tuesday evenings. We look forward to being able to plan the safe resumption of our musical activities during 2021.
For more information about joining BCS, see here.