Bath Minerva Choir is one of the leading choirs in the city of Bath, with well over one hundred members. We are a friendly non auditioning choir and welcome singers of all standards, making us an ideal choir to join whether you are just starting out or are a more experienced and confident singer.
Under the inspiring direction of our conductor, Gavin Carr, we take on challenging repertoire and set ourselves the highest standards of performance. Recent concerts have covered a wide range of genres and have included Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem in commemoration of the centenary anniversary of the First World War, Baroque masterpieces Pergoloesi’s Stabat Mater and Scarlatti’s St. Cecilia Mass. During our 21st year in 2015 we joined Bournemouth Symphony Chorus in two very successful performances of Mahler’s 8th Symphony firstly in The Lighthouse Poole and then in Exeter Cathedral. Both performances were exhausting and exhilarating and once in a lifetime experiences! We followed that later in the year when we held our 21st birthday gala in Bath Abbey performing the wonderful Mozart Reqiuem along with scenes and arias from The Magic Flute.
The choir usually performs two major concerts a year often in the beautiful setting of Bath Abbey, and usually with professional orchestras and soloists. Since 2012 we have also been holding Summer weekend masterclass/workshops.These are open to guest singers as well as choir members and being masterclass/workshops and not concerts give us a chance to sing something we probably wouldn’t do as a full performance. Our masterclass/ workshops have included Britten’s War Requiem, Tippett’s A Child of our Time, Bach’s B Minor Mass and this year Monteverdi’s Vespers.
This year 2017 has been a memorable year and for our Spring concert we were lucky to be joined by an international team of soloists, Naomi Harvey, Nina Alupi- Morton, Alex Tsilogiannis and Thomas Faulkner together with Bath Philharmonia, to perform the magnificent Verdi Requiem in Bath Abbey. It was a huge privilege to sing with the professional soloists and orchestra and the concert was very well received by a large and enthusiastic audience.
Our Autumn concert on Saturday 25th November will be held in the beautiful Georgian church, St. Swithin’s on The Paragon and will feature Purcell’s Ode on St. Cecilia’s Day 1692 along with other Purcell anthems.
Plans for 2018 include Dvorak Stabat Mater in the magnificent Bath Abbey in April