The Choir

Leicester Bach Choir has been described as one of Leicester’s best-loved institutions and has performed choral concerts in Leicester for more than 90 years. The Choir’s President is Joanne Lunn, one of Britain’s leading Baroque sopranos.

“The 90th anniversary season in 2018 saw Leicester Bach Choir continuing its long history celebrating great choral music. This sociable group perform a wide range of repertoire and are a testimony to the joy to be found in singing together. Leicester Bach Choir has brought much pleasure to audiences for 90 years”.

Reviews attest to a particular style of performance: ” The LBC during Richard Laing’s time as Music Director has become an exceptional musical ensemble.” ” Laing’s handling of texture and dynamics showed his instinctive empathy with the idiom.” “The LBC enjoys a tremendous rapport with its gifted and dynamic conductor …. this is reflected in the choir’s performances, which have tremendous zest and intensity”. “Balance, attack and dynamic control were impressive… in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms… the choir, singing in Hebrew, managed the work’s spiky rhythms, big tunes and lush harmonies with considerable panache”. “Vierne’s Messe Solennelle is vibrant, thrilling and passionate in nature and both choir and organ achieved these effects. It was a truly superb and enriching evening”.

Today the Choir has around 75 singers and performs a wide range of both sacred and secular work from the Renaissance to the contemporary: the connecting thread between the music we select is vitality and relevance. LBC enjoys singing Bach as much as audiences love to hear it. We enable Leicester audiences to join re-evaluations of various composers during significant anniversary years, by performing their key works. We also fulfil our charitable purpose, of educating the public, by judicious introduction of new and less well-known works and by innovations in performance practice.

We hold singing workshops for members with experienced and respected vocal trainers from time to time, enjoyable sessions which help us to know one another better and develop our technique and musicianship. Most recently this was done with Christine Cairns from the Birmingham Conservatoire. We also have relationships with European choirs, which result in exchange visits and choir trips such as a visit to Bach’s birthplace in Eisenach, Germany.

LBC usually gives three concerts each year on Saturdays in November, before Easter, and in June. LBC’s home is St James the Greater, 216 London Road, where it rehearses on Wednesday evenings.

LBC is a registered charity, funded mainly by members’ subscriptions and ticket sales. We have benefited from sponsorship for individual concerts and events from the Florence Turner Trust, the Edith Murphy Trust and T.S Shipman, but are always extremely grateful to hear from individuals or organisations that are willing to help the arts by giving further support. If you wish to assist in this way, please contact our Secretary.