In 15 years the highly acclaimed chamber choir, A Handful of Singers, has developed from small beginnings into a choir of 24 singers, and has established a reputation in and around Bath for purity of tone, musical understanding and variety of repertoire.
Under its award-winning musical director Christopher Finch, the choir rehearses in Bath on Tuesday evenings in term-time, preparing for a programme of four concerts each year. The variety of repertoire is an attraction for members and in recent years has stretched from Purcell and Schütz to 21st century American and European music, via well-known major works by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Charpentier, Mozart, Fauré and Rachmaninov, and double choir Masses by Vaughan Williams, Frank Martin and Josef Gabriel Rheinberger.
The choir has also given several performances under the baton of Ben Hoffnung, including a concert in Marlborough College Chapel in the presence of the Duchess of Cornwall. In April 2017 the choir joined the Bristol Bach Choir’s 50th birthday celebrations for the south west première of James Macmillan’s beautifully written St Luke Passion in Bristol Cathedral.
In addition to concerts, the Handful is pleased to respond to invitations to sing for other occasions. These have included weddings, carol singing (both for charity and to mark the opening of a new housing development), and the annual Bath Roadpeace memorial ceremony. The choir’s first CD, Sing… Be… Live… See… (4-part Music 4PM/12174), featuring the works of contemporary American and European composers, was released in 2013.
The choir has a very friendly atmosphere, socialising when time permits. It undertook a very successful first foreign tour in Ireland in 2015, and has just returned from giving two concerts in Siena, Italy.
– Saturday 9 December – A celebration of seasonal music, supported by the Patrons of Bath Festivals, at Holy Trinity Church, Newton St Loe, mulled wine from 5.45, concert at 6.30 pm. Tickets £15.
– Saturday 20 January 2018 – St. Mary the Virgin, Bathwick.
– Saturday 10 March 2018 – St. Mary the Virgin, Bathwick.
– Saturday 16 June 2018 – Prior Park College Chapel. Tickets for all concerts are available from Bath Box Office. Visit: bathboxoffice.org.uk