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The early days of the Burford Singers

Janet Jeffs recently reminisced about the Burford Singers 40 years ago: July 1979 was a busy month for the Burford Singers, and the sun shone throughout. In July 1979 the Burford Singers sang on BBC television. It wasn’t exactly peak viewing hours, but we were invited to reinforce the Burford Church congregation for two episodes …

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What next for the Burford Singers?

After the heart-breaking necessity of cancelling the Spring and Summer Concerts for 2020, our Committee has been working hard to create a way forward for the choir over the next 12 months. Plans are still in a state of flux, but our loyal audience can rest assured that there will be choral music again in …

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Benedict Hymas

Benedict Hymas

We are delighted to announce that Benedict Hymas will be singing the part of the Evangelist in the St John Passion on April 4th. Benedict is much in demand as an ensemble singer and as a soloist, making his mark particularly as Evangelist in the Bach Passions. You can hear an extract of him singing …

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Farewell to the Methodist Church

It is with great sadness that we recently had our final rehearsal in Burford Methodist Church, after holding our Thursday evening rehearsals there for the last 32 years, which amounts to more than 90 concerts. When Brian Etheridge took over the choir in 1987, and enlarged it in order to perform the standard choral …

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Joyce Lang, 1922 – 2019

We are sad to report that Joyce Lang, former conductor of the Burford Singers, sadly died in April, just a few weeks after her 97th birthday. Joyce conducted the Burford Singers when it was still a small group of about 16 voices. She always maintained a high standard, and introduced us to a wider variety of …

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Mozart Mass in C Minor: The New Novello Choral Edition

Mozart wrote the C Minor Mass at the end of 1782, and although the scale of it was much larger than any previous church music, it was actually a ‘half-Mass’, that is settings of only the Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus. The liturgical practice of the time was that the Credo and Agnus Dei were …

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The War Requiem: Brian and Leslie in conversation

Brian and Leslie took a break during our last joint rehearsal to discuss the joys and challenges of performing the War Requiem. You can watch a video of their conversation and some snippets of our rehearsal by clicking here.

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The Burford Singers at the Cheltenham ‘Fringe’

We are fortunate to have a mention in the brochure for the 2018 Cheltenham Music Festival. We hope this will bring the Tewkesbury performance of the War Requiem to a wider audience.

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Britten’s War Requiem 2018

We are delighted to announce that the soloists for this ambitious project will be the distinguished tenor James Gilchrist, soprano Linda Richardson, who was a principal at ENO from 1997 to 2005, and baritone Quentin Hayes, who has sung with us in Burford on many occasions, including our last performance of The Dream …

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Burford Festival 2017

Members of The Burford Singers took part in the final concert of the 2017 Burford Festival, along with the talented young pianist Maria Marchant.The programme was an eclectic and entertaining mix of madrigals and part songs, including Bob Chilcott’s Dances of Time. Maria accompanied some of the choir items and also performed evocative …

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Cecilia McDowall

A guest of honour in Burford

We were privileged to have in the audience for our summer concert Cecilia McDowall, the composer of A Fancy of Folksongs, which we performed during the concert. The choir enjoyed singing these delightful and slightly quirky folksongs and hope that Cecilia enjoyed hearing them. She is pictured at the party afterwards chatting …

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Hilary Tadman-Robins

A World Premiere This Summer

The Burford Singers are delighted that our Chorus Master, Hilary Tadman-Robins, has written a special work that was performed for the first time during our concert on July 2nd. Hilary has been a mainstay of the choir for many years, and we feel honoured that she has written this especially for us. Hilary chose the …

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Spring Concert 2016

Paul Carr in conversation with Brian Kay

Before our performance of Requiem for an Angel, Brian Kay talked to Paul Carr about its genesis. This is an edited version of that conversation. Brian: Our distinguished president, Bob Chilcott, says that every composer has a Requiem in him, and that something has to act as a spur to composition. What …

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Paul Carr

Special guest for our Spring Concert

We are delighted that the composer of Requiem for an Angel, Paul Carr, will be attending our performance on March 20th. It is always a great honour to sing a work in the presence of the composer, and we are especially pleased that Paul’s brother Gavin will be our baritone soloist .

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Calling tenors and basses!

Are you an enthusiastic tenor or bass? Why not join us for our next season, and have the chance to sing Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Handel’s Messiah? We also have ambitious plans for the 2017-18 season. If you are interested, visit our Join Us page for more details.

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Our new President

The Burford Singers are proud and honoured to announce that Bob Chilcott has agreed to become our new President, in succession to his late father-in-law, Sir Philip Ledger. Bob is a major contributor to British choral music as a composer, singer and conductor, and he continues to enthuse new generations of amateur singers, He is …

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