BCMCS Choral

A New Day

Saturday 11th May 2024

BCMCS Choral are once again joining forces with Bolton Symphony Orchestra and The BMS Singers to present this fabulous and varied programme of music from Vaughan Williams, Smyth, Boulanger and closing with Beethoven's glorious 9th Symphony.

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BCMCS Choral

The Choral Section has been an integral part of BCMCS. since its formation in 1973. We have built up an excellent reputation in Bolton for our performances of many classic choral works.

These include Beethoven`s Missa solemnis, Elgar`s Dream of Gerontius, Handel`s Messiah and Verdi`s Requiem and most recently Carmen, performed at the beautiful Victoria Halls in Bolton.

The society has a great working relationship with other choirs, orchestras and musical ensembles, having performed with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Corus Brass, Bolton Choral Union, Bolton Music Service and The Brixi Singers.

We perform one or two concerts each year usually at Bolton`s Victoria Hall or Bolton Parish Church.

The Musical Director for the choir is appointed on a yearly basis. Carolyn Baxendale has just conducted Carmen. Our next performance is scheduled for 11th May 2024 is titled ‘A New Day’ and includes music by Vaughan Williams, Smyth, Boulanger and finishes with Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No.9. 

There are at present around 50 choral members and we welcome any new members who would like to join. Membership fees are £40.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings – 7.30p.m. – 9.30p.m. at Bolton Parish Church hall.

Plans for 2024 - a message from Jeanette Winstanley

Dear Members and Friends of BCMCS,

On Tuesday, January 30th, 2024 we will be starting rehearsals for our 2024 BCMCS Choral concert.  These will take place every Tuesday, 7.15 p.m. - 9.45 p.m. at Bolton Parish Church Hall.

Carolyn Baxendale will conduct all our rehearsals and the performance on May 11th 2024 at the Victoria Hall, Bolton will be conducted by Ben Crick.

We shall be singing Toward the Unknown Region by Vaughan Williams in the first half and then the final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony ( Ode to Joy) to conclude the performance.  It will again be a joint concert with Bolton Symphony Orchestra and the BMS Singers.  Music scores will be provided for you at the first rehearsal.

As I mentioned in a previous email, Ruth Chadbond is stepping down as our librarian, so we are desperately looking for somebody to be in charge of the scores.  Please let me know if you are willing to take on the role.

I am delighted to tell you that Carolyn will receive the award of Honorary Member of The Royal Northern College of Music at the college’s graduation ceremony today for her outstanding achievements in music and education.  There is more information about this if you navigate to the RNCM webpages using their link below:

RNCM announces recipients of 2023 Honorary Awards - Royal Northern College of Music

It is a great honour for Carolyn and we are so lucky to have her as our conductor.

In her role as Head of Bolton Music Service, she has arranged for the Gesualdo Six to do a choral workshop for local singers. It will take place on Saturday 3rd February 2024 at 1.00 pm  - 4.00 pm at Mere Hall, followed by a concert at 3.00 p.m.on Sunday 4th February 2024  at St Thomas of Canterbury church. This will include a joint performance of one of the songs from the workshop.

The Gesualdo Six have an International reputation for the highest quality of choral work.

The cost is £20.00. To book a place navigate to the link below  (I have booked mine):


On a sad note, I am sorry to announce the death of Alan Roscoe.  He performed with both BCMCS Choral and Musicals many times.  He was a wonderful singer and a really nice person.

His funeral is on Tuesday 19th December at 11.00 a.m. at Christ Church Heaton.  BL1 5BU. followed by committal at 12 noon at the West Chapel of Overdale Crematorium.

Finally, I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.