Billingshurst Choral society offer pieces of amazing expressive power with new musical director

Cathal Garvey
Cathal Garvey

Following the success of Cathal Garvey’s first concert with Billingshurst Choral Society in June this year, their next concert is at the Billingshurst Leisure Centre on Saturday, November 14, at 7.30pm.

Cathal joined BCS as their new musical director in March following the retirement of the choir’s founder, George Jones.

Choir spokesman Keith Paul said: “The programme starts with Vivaldi’s Gloria, one of the most popular of all choral orchestral works. It regularly features in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame and is an amazing contrast of choral singing, solos, and duets. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto number 3 will be performed by the Sinfonia of Arun, which has been accompanying BCS concerts for several years.

“The concert finishes with Haydn’s Paukenmesse, The Mass in the Time of War, described by Eric Bromberger in the programme notes as ‘sharply mixed music – light and dark, festive and troubled – and that duality is the source of its considerable expressive power.”

David Eckford, chairman of BCS, said: “Members of the choir have been working very hard during their rehearsals this term to ensure they give an exciting and memorable performance of these popular works. We are very pleased to welcome Sophie Pullen (soprano), Annie Gill Mulroy (mezzo-soprano), Paul Austin Kelly (tenor) and Colin Campbell (baritone).

Tickets will be available on the door or in advance by calling 01403 785648.

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Billingshurst Choral Society (BCS) was founded in 1986, and its 100 members perform regularly in the UK and abroad. The choir stages three major concerts annually, with the autumn concerts regularly held in Chichester Cathedral. BCS has a thriving social calendar and organises overseas concert tours every two years. The society has visited Belgium, the Loire Valley, Caen, Paris and Prague and has recently returned from Vienna.

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