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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 2018 has been another exciting year for the choir and for our Spring concert we were lucky to be joined by an international team of soloists, Ania Jeruc, Aigul Akhmetshina, Shaun Dixon and Thomas Faulkner together with Bath Philharmonia, to perform the magnificent Dvorak Stabat Mater 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.

Summer 2018 saw a change in our programming from masterclass/workshop to a concert in July titled L’Entente cordiale. This included French and English music from familiar and less well known composers and was held in the Roper Theatre in Hayesfield School where it was very well received.

While the Abbey is being transformed we are taking the opportunity to sing in other stunning venues in Bath and our Winter concert on Saturday 15th December 2018 will be held in the beautifully atmospheric Prior Park Chapel and will be the wonderful Rachmaninov Liturgy of St.John Chrysostom. The concert will be sung by candlelight to enhance the serenity of the surroundings.

Plans for 2019 include Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart Vespers in St Swithin’s Church on Saturday 13th April and and a Summer masterclass/workshop featuring Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis which will be held at Hartham Park on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th June 2019.