Rehearsing for Haydn's The Creation.April 2016


Our Next Performance  Mozart & Rutter Requiems. July 6th and 7th -

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Like to sing .... or just interested to see if you would like to?

Then you will be very welcome to experience Barts!

There’s no audition.  Come and meet our choir, sing for a couple of rehearsals and see if Barts is the choir you would like to join.

Plus a special invitation to the staff and members of the Barts Health NHS Trust

In 1965 two nurses from St Bartholomew's Hospital brought together a group of singers. This has now grown to embrace a large and wider community of choral enthusiasts. We regularly sing at the Royal Festival Hall accompanied by world class orchestras, such as the Philharmonia. Each year our performances support a different medical charity. 

The choir includes both experienced and novice singers. Choral skills are developed to performance standard during a professionally led 14 session rehearsal period. There are 3 concerts each year. Belonging to Barts Choir gives you the chance to enjoy and gain familiarity with the words and music of significant choral pieces such as those composed by Mahler, Verdi and Bach, along with works of specific interest from composers such as Rutter, Rossini and Orff

Why   join Barts Choir?

1. There is no audition and we welcome everyone, both novices and experienced singers

2. You don't need to be able to read music

3. We are one of the biggest amateur choirs in London so you'll find hundreds of potential new friends amongst us

4. Many of us go to the pub for a drink after rehearsals for a chance to socialise

5. We meet on Monday evenings (not much else happening then) so it's an uplifting way to start your week

6. We rehearse in convenient venues in central London (usually City Temple, Holborn)

7. Rehearsals begin at 6.45pm, when many people have just finished work

8. Become a better singer through expert tuition from our two professional conductors – Ivor Setterfield and Hilary Campbell

9. Over the years you will learn dozens of different pieces of choral music, some well-known, others more rare

10. Enough rehearsal time each term to enable us to learn challenging works to performance standard

11. We sing in world-renowned venues like the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall

12. The health benefits of group singing are well-documented. We feel better physically and mentally when we sing together.


We try to be very friendly and welcoming and to support new members.

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Forthcoming Concerts

Mozart Requiem and Rutter Requiem: Cadogan Hall July 6th and 7th

Cadogan Hall
Start Time: 19:30

Title(s): Mozart Requiem and Rutter Requiem'

Composer: Mozart
Choir: Barts Main Choir
Orchestra: Trafalgar Sinfonia
Conductor: Ivor Setterfield

Cadogan Hall Choir OnstageConcert Notes:With kind thanks to Classic FM

Mozart Requiem

It's one of the most talked-about pieces of classical music in history thanks to its fascinating composition

We all know that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was one of the most remarkable and naturally gifted musicians in history. But composing a deeply emotional and complex choral Requiem on his death-bed in 1791? Surely even Mozart would've struggled with that. In fact, he did - but what's the real story?


When the quirky Count von Walsegg's wife Anna died on Valentine’s Day 1791, it set in motion a series of events that, one could argue, has never stopped. Walsegg, an accomplished musician himself, anonymously commissioned the piece, totally spooking an already unstable Mozart in the process (he'd been taken ill after a performance of La Clemenza di Tito ). Mozart became consumed by the work, believing he had been cursed to write a requiem for himself, because he was about to die.


The work was never delivered by Mozart, who died before he had finished composing it, only finishing the first few bars of the Lacrimosa. The opening movement, Requiem aeternam, was the only section to be completed. It was brushed into some sort of shape by Mozart’s only composition pupil, Sussmayr, but to the complete lack of satisfaction of scholars down the centuries. As a result, the world and his wife have tried to complete it after him. Regardless, the Requiem still sounds wonderful to most ears.


 To add further intrigue, when the unfinished manuscript was displayed in Brussels in the 1950s, a section was torn from the last page and never retrieved. As Mozart worked on the Requiem on his deathbed, it’s highly likely that someone stole the last notes ever written by Mozart.
Rutter Requiem
iJohn Rutter unashamedly composes instantly memorable tunes. In a world where so many composers believe music is no longer primarily about melody, Rutter stands out as someone who defiantly bucks that trend.

This seven-movement Requiem is traditional in its inspiration, using texts from the Requiem Mass and the Book of Common Prayer. The gloriously pure Pie Jesu is a real highlight – as is the Requiem Aeternam, which opens the work. Still performed regularly across the world, Rutter’s Requiem thoroughly earns its status as one of the most popular compositions of the last thirty years. 


Seating Plan
16062016Cadogan Hall2
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