The Bar Choral Society

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Congratulations to John Rutter CBE

The Bar Choral Society congratulates John Rutter on being awarded a knighthood for services to Music in the King’s Birthday Honours.

As both composer and conductor, John Rutter has been a life-long champion of choral music and choral singing. He is especially well-known for his carols and arrangements.  

Since its foundation in 2014, The Bar Choral Society has been delighted regularly to perform John’s works and is hugely proud to have him as President of the Society. The choir therefore sends him its very best wishes on this much-deserved honour.


The Bar Choral Society

Founded in 2014, The Bar Choral Society is a non-audition choir based in Temple with singers drawn from across the legal system. In addition to judges, barristers and pupils, members include solicitors, trainees, students, those who work in Chambers, the Inns, and their families. 

The Society is honoured that the distinguished and much performed choral composer John Rutter CBE is our President. The choir gives approximately two concerts per year with professional soloists and orchestras – performing everything from Gabrieli to Gershwin, Byrd to Bernstein.  We also branch out of Temple from time to time: we recently performed a joint concert with The Parliament Choir at St. John’s, Smith Square to mark Vaughan-Williams’ 150th anniversary. Led by our Music Director, Greg Morris, our friendly Monday evening rehearsals take place in Temple Church from 6.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.

The choir’s activities are supported through member subscriptions. These are presently set at £180 for silks and senior lawyers, £90 per year for junior barristers/lawyers and non-lawyers and no charge for pupils/trainees/students. This income, together with ticket sales and donations, covers the Society’s costs.

The choir welcomes new members throughout the year. Are you a singer looking for a choir? Are you someone who sang at school or university and hasn’t sung since? Are you a musician who has never sung in a choir? Do you want to try choral singing? All are welcome!

If you are interested in coming to a rehearsal, joining or would like any further information on the choir, please contact us on: All voice parts are very welcome: tenors and basses in particular

We look forward to meeting you!


 The Bar Choral Society’s 10th Birthday Concert

Tuesday 19th November 2024 at 7.00pm

Temple Church

Please see our EVENTS page for full details


Photography by Chris Christodoulou and Russell Gilmour