Baroque Collective Singers

Founded by conductor John Hancorn in 2013, the Baroque Collective Singers is a chamber choir made up of the very best singers from Lewes and the surrounding area. The choir aims to explore a wide range of repertoire, a cappella and with instruments, with a focus on baroque. BCS performed Britten's Ceremony of Carols at its inaugural concert in December 2013 and Heinrich Schütz's St Matthew Passion at Easter 2014. Concerts in 2015 included Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Buxtehude in March 2015 at St John sub Castro, Lewes with members of the Baroque Collective, and Brahms's Requiem at the Hurst Festival with young soloists from the Royal Academy of Music and pianists Nancy Cooley and Gareth Hancock. The BCS Christmas concert on Saturday 12 December at St Michael's Church, Lewes featured Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel and festive works by Britten, Victoria and Buxtehude alongside contemporary Christmas music by British Composer Award winning composers Cecilia McDowall and Ed Hughes. BCS performed Handel's 'Dixit Dominus' and Bach's motet 'Singet dem Herrn' in February 2016 with members of the Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury who performed Handel's Trio Sonata Op.5 No. 4. BCS's concert as part of the Lewes Festival of Song on 3 July 2016 featured a cappella works by Poulenc, Hindemith and Janequin alongside Tudor madrigals and works by Elgar and Parry. BCS performed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in a semi-staged performance with the Baroque Collective in February 2017. Future plans include a Summer Concert on Sunday 2 July 2017 and Handel's Messiah on Saturday 23 December 2017 at St Michael's Church, Lewes. 

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