We are one of the leading choirs in the city of Bath, with well over one hundred members. We welcome singers of all standards, with no auditions, making this an ideal choir to join if you are less confident or returning to choral singing after a long break, though the choir equally offers great opportunities for more experienced and confident singers.
Under the inspiring direction of our conductor, Gavin Carr, we take on some challenging repertoire and set ourselves the highest standards of performance. Recent concerts have included Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, an a capella programme of Rachmaninov and Tavener, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Fauré’s Requiem, Paul Carr’s Requiem for an Angel, and Bruckner’s Great Mass in F Minor. In April 2013 we gave the world premiere of Paul Carr’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, which was commissioned by Bath Minerva Choir.
We normally give three concerts a year, often in the beautiful setting of Bath Abbey, and usually with professional orchestras and soloists. This year and last we replaced the summer concert with a weekend workshop/masterclass, open to guest singers as well as choir members – this gives us a chance to sing something we probably couldn’t ever do as a full performance, such as Britten’s War Requiem.
2014 has been a memorable year. The centenary anniversary of the First World War gave us the opportunity to pay tributes in music to the Fallen in war.
Our Spring concert ‘A Greater Love’ on Saturday 26 April included the Requiem by Maurice Durufle, and was a huge success, it was reviewed for the Bath Chronicle by Peter Lloyd Williams. The full review is available on line at thebathchron.co.uk .
Our 2014 summer weekend workshop on July 12/13, open to all singers, was Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time. We invited singers from across the country and of all abilities to join us in this Choral Masterclass-Workshop to explore this work under the guidance of Gavin Carr, with young soloists, culminating in a run-through with piano accompaniment before a live audience. It was a very moving weekend.
On November the 22nd we sang in Bath Abbey. The concert, entitled ‘For the Fallen’ included ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Dona Nobis Pacem by Vaughan Williams and For the Fallen, from The Spirit of England by Elgar. We also sang a World Premiere composed by our Music Director Gavin Carr ‘ Pour out your Light , O stars’. Singing with the wonderful professional soloists Anna Jeruc-Kopec and William Dazeley and accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia was a huge privilege and the concert was very well received by a large and enthusiastic audience.
Our Spring concert was held on Saturday 7th April 2015 in St.John the Baptist Church,a new venue for the choir. The concert was comprised of Handel:Zadok the Priest, Hummel:Mass in B flat and Haydn’Little Organ Mass’
The choir were lucky to be supported by the soloist Rosie Lomas who sang beautifully with a refreshing style and obvious enjoyment.An enthusiastic audience made the evening a memorable one.