Bristol Chamber Choir

under the auspices of Bristol  Madrigal Society


If you are interested in joining our choir please contact the secretary, details on the Contact Us page.

We are currently recruiting sopranos, altos,

tenors and basses.

Now Booking!

Our Spring concert in Redland on Sunday March 22nd, 2015.

Details below the poster.

A German Requiem - Bristol Chamber Choir

Redland Park United Reform Church, Whiteladies Road

Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 3pm

Tickets available now - online from Eventbrite,

over the counter at “Opus 13” 14 St Michaels Hill, or at the door.

And one for your diary …

Our Summer concert –

Of Birds and Beasts (madrigals and part-songs)

will be on Sunday afternoon, 28th June 2015.

Full details will be posted here when booking starts.

Schütz, more Schütz, Byrd, Kirbye and Parsley

- balm for your soul

Bristol Chamber Choir's Easter concert will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 3pm in the Redland Park United Reform Church on Whiteladies Road.

Mourning music is the most moving music...think for a moment - which stirs your soul more deeply, Handel's  Hallelujah Chorus or the final movement of a Bach passion?  With this in mind, we are offering you a Lenten concert overflowing with gloriously moving choral works.

At the heart lies Heinrich Schütz's funeral music,  Musikalische Exequien, a multi-layered delight of mass and  motets, first performed by us 53 years ago, at the birth of the early music revival. One of the texts set here - as a trio against the Song of Simeon - is 'Selig sind die Toten...' (blessed are the dead...), and you will be able to compare this with Schütz's later six-part motet of the same text.

The other half of the programme brings you Byrd's stunning 'Justorum animae' which we sing at rehearsal following the death of a choir member. Why keep such glory for solely sad occasions? Kirbye's 'Vox in Rama', the voice of Rachel weeping for her children, is another sumptuously soul-swathing piece, known to many.

Osbert Parsley, however, may not spring to mind when thinking of 16th-century English composers, but his rich, complex 'Lamentations' deserve a wider audience. If you are new to Parsley's work, you will be reassured by the description of his 'Salvator Mundi' as 'praiseworthy' by a later and more famous son of Norwich, Thomas Morley.

In all, the programme spans a century of European sacred music. Do come and luxuriate, with us, in these wonderful Lenten works.