The choir’s next concert is on 20th November 2017, 7pm, Inner Temple Hall
It’s showtime! The Bar Choral Society presents a lively concert of upbeat favourites from Broadway. Including music by George & Ira Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, the choir will take you on a whirlwind trip from “An American in Paris” to “Chicago” before telling a “West Side Story” in “New York, New York”. Guaranteed to dispel the November blues, come tap your toes and discover some “Fascinating Rhythm”!
George and Ira Gershwin A Gershwin Portrait
Bernstein Medley from West Side Story
Sondheim Send in the clowns (from A Little Night Music)
Ebb/Kander And All That Jazz (from Chicago)
Ebb/Kander Theme from New York, New York
There is no interval. This concert will finish at approximately 8pm.
Tickets are available from: Temple Music Box Office
The choir’s latest concert was on 11th April 2017 when they performed Bach St John Passion. Written and premiered during his first year in Leipzig, the St John Passion is the leaner and more dramatic of Bach’s two surviving settings of the Holy Week narrative.
In this distinctive performance, the choir was led by their Music Director and Conductor, Greg Morris and joined by Soloists James Way as Evangelist, Gareth John as Christus, William Towers Alto, Matthew Sandy Tenor and Andrew Rupp Bass.
The choir was also joined by the chamber choir Collegium Musicum of London and the Temple Players. The Choristers of the Temple Church performed the soprano arias, while the choir took the role of a Lutheran congregation and sang the chorales, the emotional and theological heart of the work.
On 16th November 2016 in Middle Temple Hall the choir performed Joseph Haydn’s The Creation – more detail here.
On 12th May 2016 in Temple Church the choir held an evening where the programme framed Brahms Alto Rhapsody with his glorious chorus Geistliches Lied, Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (from German Requiem), and works from the great English choral tradition – more detail here.
On 16th November 2015 in Temple Church, the Society held a concert with the programme: Handel Let the Bright Seraphim and Let their Celestial Concerts all Unite, Aria and chorus from Samson, Monteverdi Ave Maris Stella (from the Vespers 1610) and Vivaldi Winter from The Four Seasons and Vivaldi Gloria.
The choir was led by their Music Director and Conductor, Greg Morris, and joined by soloists Grace Davidson Soprano, David Allsopp Countertenor, Rachel Ambrose Evans Soprano and by the Temple Players.
On 10th June 2015 The Bar Choral Society presented its third concert in Temple Church focusing on the great choral work by Joseph Haydn: The Missa in Angustiis (“Mass for troubled times”) or the Nelson Mass. Written near the end of his life, it is one of the six masses that are now seen as a culmination of Haydn’s liturgical composition. To mark the American Bar Association’s presence in London and its Magna Carta Conference, the concert complemented the Mass and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves with classic American songs Deep River, arr. Luboff and Summertime – Gershwin, arr. Farrington.
Led by Music Director and Conductor, Greg Morris, the choir were delighted to be joined by soloists Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano, Ruth Massey Mezzo soprano, Matthew Sandy Tenor, DeAndre Simmons Bass, and the Southbank Sinfonia.
Do please enjoy this excerpt from the concert, when DeAndre Simmons and the choir performed Deep River:
The concert was generously sponsored by Harbour Litigation Funding.
The Bar Choral Society’s second concert took place on Tuesday 18th November, in the Temple Church. We were delighted to perform, to a packed Temple Church audience, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs with soloists Sarah Gabriel (soprano) and Roderick Williams (baritone). Enjoy some photos from the evening here.
This concert was generously sponsored by Harbour Litigation Funding.
The inaugural concert was on Monday 23rd June 2014. A programme of works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Handel. Soprano soloist Grace Davidson joined the choir for Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer (O for the Wings of a Dove) and Handel’s I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.
This concert was generously supported by Saunderson House.
Rehearsals are on Mondays, 6pm-7.30pm (details on Membership page).