Bath Minerva Choir

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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.

Our Christmas concert, on Saturday 14 December 2013, was Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (in English). We received an excellent review, here are some of the comments. ” The Choir was in fine form…. The chorale singing was carefully done, with just the right degree of dynamic variety, and the tempi immaculately judged. These singers can produce a fine big sound when required…. Above all the performance had conviction and vivid characterisation….”

Our Spring concert on Saturday 26 April which included the Requiem by Maurice Durufle, was a huge success, and 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, will be Michael Tippett’s  A Child of Our Time. We invite 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.