What do we sing?
The choir has a wide repertoire, ranging from Handel, Bach and Beethoven to Verdi and Vaughan Williams, including modern composers Rutter, Chilcott, Jenkins, Todd and Goodall.
Beyond the regular choral works we have performed the premiere of The Billingshurst Mass, composed for BCS by Sir Stanley Vann, African Sanctus by David Fanshawe, Mass in Blue by Will Todd, Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange, and the UK premiere of Requiem, for victims of Nazi persecution, by the Norwegian composer Ståle Kleiberg, which was performed in Hove, East Sussex, as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival
Where and when do we perform?
BCS performs three major concerts a year, two with full orchestra and soloists, and one a lighter summer concert. Most concerts are at the Billingshurst Leisure Centre, but we also perform every other year at Chichester Cathedral, and have been regular contributors at the Brandenburg Spring Choral Festival in London. Our Christmas concerts usually take place in St. Mary’s Church, Billingshurst.
We travel on concert tours every two years, which widens our experience but also proves a popular social opportunity for members of the choir. In the past we have travelled to Dublin, Belgium, the Loire Valley, Caen, Paris, Prague, Tuscany and Vienna.
In 2003 BCS joined the The Angmering Chorale to give the first amateur performance in the south of England of Karl Jenkins’ acclaimed work The Armed Man. In 2007 both choirs travelled to New York to join a performance of The Armed Man at Carnegie Hall, and in 2009 returned to join a performance of Karl Jenkins’ new work, Stabat Mater.
What other activities are linked to our choir?
Amongst our social activities, we have a walking group who meet regularly for fresh air, exercise and friendly chat – two legged and four legged all welcome – for details see the walking group page.
How much does it cost to join the choir?
The annual subscription is £145 a year. You can pay in two installments and if you join during the season you can pay a reduced rate in your first year. Subs are then for the full year and there is no reduction if you drop out of concerts during subsequent years. Students have a much reduced rate, please ask.
You will also be invited to buy a folder for your music which we will provide at a discounted price of £6.
Do I have to buy my own music?
We will have scores available to borrow, for a small charge each term, or you can buy your own copies if you prefer. We will let you know what you need in good time so that you can decide which option is best for you.
What do I have to wear for concerts?
Women Long black skirt or trousers, a black long-sleeved top and a BCS scarf, available from the choir.
Men Dinner jacket with a black bow tie.
Less formal concerts
Women short-sleeved t-shirts in a range of colours.
Men black shirts for our less formal concerts.
Details will be given before the concerts.