“Now in its 136th season, The Bach Choir has long been established as one of the world's leading choruses. A succession of eminent musical directors, including Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir David Willcocks and now David Hill, has each ensured that the Choir performs to the highest standards; excellence which has resulted in invitations to sing in prestigious venues, and with the very best professional orchestras and soloists.
The Bach Choir has some 220 active members, talented singers from all walks of life, all of whom are committed to a challenging schedule of up to twenty concerts in a season, as well as recordings, overseas tours and special engagements. In April 2008 the Choir returned from a three-week tour to Sydney and Melbourne, where it gave six concerts with the late Richard Hickox, Oleg Caetani and David Hill. In July 2009 the Choir was invited back for a third visit to Dresden, where it gave a performance of Haydn's The Seasons in the city's beautifully restored Frauenkirche. The Bach Choir regularly undertakes film score work, featuring prominently on the soundtracks of Kingdom of Heaven, Disney's Chronicles of Narnia, Dreamworks' Shrek the Third, Ridley Scott's Robin Hood and, most recently, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
David Hill has been Musical Director of The Bach Choir since 1998, and has earned enormous respect for his musical acumen and high standards. Under his direction the Choir has extended its repertoire with new and challenging works, including regular new commissions. The performance in March 2011 of Vaughan Williams' A Cambridge Mass at the Fairfield Halls was The Bach Choir's fifth world premiere since 2001, and a further new commission is planned for first performance in 2012. In May 2009 the Choir marked the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Delius's A Mass of Life with a concert in the Royal Festival Hall, and the Choir has recorded this work with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for release in 2012. …”
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