Welcome to Bude Choral Society

We perform a wide variety of high-quality choral works in the local area and we aim to make a valuable contribution to the life of our local community. We hope that you will be able to participate in our music-making, either as a singer, audience member, friend or sponsor. 

New members, young and older, in all voice parts, are very welcome to join us.

We sing on Wednesday evenings at Stratton Primary School (EX23 9AP) from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. 

Rehearsals start on Wednesday 9th January 2019.

Bude Choral Society is always keen to welcome new members, so if you like music, enjoy singing and want to have some fun and meet new people, then why not consider joining this friendly and enthusiastic choir? 

For our next concert, we are very excited to be singing  ‘ISRAEL IN EGYPT’  a biblical oratorio by George Frideric Handel (1685 – 1759) This concert will be performed by the combined forces of Bude Choral Society and Launceston Choral Society on:-

Saturday 6th April 2019

at Launceston Methodist Church, 7.30pm

Sunday   7th April 2019 

at Bude Methodist Church, 7.30pm.

Soloists : Elinor Chapman – Soprano

                Rebecca Smith   – Mezzo-soprano

                Leslie Baker       – Tenor

                Julian Rippon     – Baritone

      with : Nicholas Danks  – Organ

                John Hobbs        – Conductor

Programme Notes
While most of Handel’s oratorios are loosely based on Old Testament stories, Israel in Egypt and Messiah are the only two that are drawn directly and exclusively from the text of the King James’ Bible. Israel in Egypt was composed in 1738 and, like all the composer’s  works, is essentially operatic in style, with, in this instance, a unique abundance of choruses and double choruses and relatively little solo work. The libretto is taken from the book of Exodus and a few passages from Psalms 105 and 106, and it tells the story of the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt, the advent of Moses, the liberator, the plagues upon the Egyptians, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the subsequent rejoicing. The plagues seem to have inspired Handel to create some of his most colourful “word painting” and the listener can clearly hear the hopping of the frogs, the buzzing of the flies, the pounding of the fiery hail and imagine the horrors of the bloodied rivers, the cattle pestilence, the boils, the locusts and the eerie darkness, which precede the death of the first-born. The most exciting music is reserved for Part 2, in which the Israelites flee through the parted waters and the pursuing horses, chariots and riders are “thrown into the sea!”

Israel in Egypt is not often performed by small choral societies, due to its large amount of double chorus work, but this exciting collaboration enables the two choirs to rehearse separately, with each, for the most part, singing a separate chorus and combining for the performances with just a couple of joint rehearsals beforehand. The drama of the text is thereby further enhanced by the excitement of all coming together “on the day!”

The Society would welcome any voice, young or older. To find out more, do come along and meet us. There are no auditions for our choir so pop along for a week or so and then decide if you would like to join us. All rehearsals take place on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 pm at Stratton Primary School. 

For more information about the choir, telephone a member of our committee. Please see our contacts page for details.

Christmas Charity Concert
Our concert on Saturday 15th December 2018 raised £390 for Sound Waves Southwest. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported this event. 

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