The Bach Choir is a large chorus, based in London, England. It has around 220 active members. The choir's musical director is David Hill and previous musical directors have included Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Reginald Jacques and Sir David Willcocks.
The Bach Choir is an independent organisation, and promotes concerts in London and elsewhere, as well as accepting invitations to sing for others. Singers are subject to triennial auditions in order to maintain standards at the highest level.
The Bach Choir has an extensive recorded output to which it regularly adds new titles, and is also in demand for film scores. Overseas tours are a regular part of the choir's activities, and tours have included Australia and Germany. The choir has commissioned new works from John Tavener (Song of the Cosmos, 2001), Naji Hakim (Gloria, 2003), and Carl Rütti (Requiem, 2007).
The choir's patron is HRH The Prince of Wales and the conductor laureate is David Willcocks CBE, MC. Vice Presidents are Dame Janet Baker CH DBE, James Bowman CBE, Dame Felicity Lott DBE and John Rutter CBE.
... anniversary of the foundation of the choir, together with four world premieres (of which three were Bach Choir commissions), and has led tours to Germany ... of carols, Handel choruses and Howells's Sir Patrick Spens, as well as working with the choir on film soundtracks including The Chronicles of Narnia and Shrek the Third ... In addition to his Bach Choir appointment, he is also chief conductor of the BBC Singers ...
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