From the first performance in Britain of Bach’s Mass in B minor to the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s 2012 epic Prometheus, their musical heritage is as rich as it is diverse.
Directed by David Hill, one of the country’s most celebrated conductors, they regularly perform and record across London and the UK in the most prestigious venues, from the Royal Albert Hall to Abbey Road Studios.
Described by the London Evening Standard as ‘probably the finest independent choir in the world’, The Bach Choir value the freedom that their independence brings, allowing them to work with the very best conductors, orchestras, and soloists, and to choose the music they perform. To date the choir have sung over 200 works in more than 80 venues, and now in their 137th season, continue to share their work with audiences around the world.
From oratorio to film scores and from St Paul’s Cathedral to Sydney Opera House, their repertoire – which covers works from the 16th century to the present day – celebrates the power that music has to connect us, to take us beyond ourselves, and to spark our imagination. Their work has an emotional intensity that only a large choir can evoke and in 2012 the choir invited a host of younger voices to join us. Their performance of Bob Chilcott’s The Angry Planet at the BBC Proms saw over 250 school children singing as part of their sixth world première since 2001.
Otto Goldschmidt, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir David Willcocks are just a few of the eminent musicians that have played a part in the choir's history and created the musical pedigree that they build upon today. With HRH The Prince of Wales as their Patron, John Rutter as theirr President, and David Hill as their Musical Director, the Bach Choir's performances and recordings go from strength to strength.
The Bach Choir has always been and continues to be characterised by the commitment of its members. With over 220 talented singers coming from all walks of life, an international touring schedule, and an outreach programme that takes their passion for music into inner-city schools, the choir are an active community performing, recording and sharing music for everyone to enjoy, whatever their age or background.