For some years now I have conducted the Bishop Auckland Choral Society.The Society, based in the old town of Bishop Auckland with its magnificent medieval Bishop's Palace, was 50 years old last year and I am its fourth conductor.
Bishop Auckland has a long and distinguished musical tradition. Edward Elgar was a friend and regular correspondent of local choral conductor Nicholas Kilburn and, with his prompting, Elgar conducted the first performance of 'The Music Makers' in the Town Hall in 1920. Today, apart from the Choral Society, the town plays host to a thriving Musical Society which organises a regular series of professional chamber music concerts and solo recitals at St. Andrew's Church, South Church, Bishop Auckland.
We present about four concerts a year, ranging from major choral works such as the Mozart Requiem and John Rutter's Magnificat and Gloria, to Christmas carol concerts and a very successful Victorian evening. We also regularly commission new works from local composers. We rehearse every Tuesday in the Town Hall at 7pm and new members are always welcome.
- 2nd June 2017, 7.30pm at Bishop Auckland Town Hall. Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man (Chamber Version), Handel, Coronation Anthems - The King Shall Rejoice, My Heart Is Inditing, Zadoc the Priest - and also featuring guest pianist Kevin Walsh playing Granados