Bristol Choral Society

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Young People

Apprentices | Choral Scholars | School Links | Mini Messiah | Tickets for Young People


Love singing? Sing with us…

☆ Become a Choral Apprentice
☆ Have fun
☆ Make friends
☆ Perform great choral music with professional orchestras and soloists in national venues
☆ Develop your musical skills
☆ And get an Arts Award
…all for free!

“I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I’d known about it sooner.”

Become a BCS Choral Apprentice

Bristol Choral Society is a large friendly choir with a national reputation and a dynamic new Musical Director, Hilary Campbell.

☆ The Apprentice Scheme is cost-free: no subscription fee, no music hire fees.
☆ You can join us if you’re in Year 9 or above.
☆ The only criterion for joining is a love of music – you don’t need to have any formal knowledge of music or previous experience. Just give it a go!
☆ We rehearse weekly on a Wednesday evening from 7.15 – 9.30pm in central Bristol.
☆ You will be supported by a mentor throughout your time with BCS.
☆ There are opportunities to go on to become a paid choral scholar.

“Go for it! You can only decide if you enjoy it if you try at least one concert for the experience.”

Please contact us for more information about becoming an Apprentice by selecting the ‘Apprentices’ option of our contact form.  You can also contact our Apprentice Manager Diana Wetz directly on 0117 9424620 ( about coming for a couple of taster sessions to see if it’s for you.

Just give it a try!

Download a flier for more information here.



Choral scholars

Bristol Choral Society is pleased to announce a new initiative, inviting singers to apply for one of four choral scholarships for the academic year 2016-17. Our choral scholars attend weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings 7.15pm-9.30pm in term time, in addition to around four performances a year. The scholarships are open to singers aged 18-30, or students in full or part time music education.

The scholarships are ideal for aspiring professional singers wishing to develop their choral singing and sight-reading, or in preparation for university choral scholarships, and as a means of broadening repertoire knowledge. Scholarships run from the beginning of September until mid June and are worth £650. There will be occasional solo/quartet/semi chorus opportunities, and also a chance for the scholars to receive coaching from the choir’s Musical Director.

It is expected that choral scholars will mentor our younger choral apprentices, take an active role with social media for the ensemble, and generally support the endeavours of Bristol Choral Society.

Our choral scholars in 2016-17 are:

Ruth Bamfield – Soprano

Heather Ashford – Soprano

Holly Blundell – Alto

Ben Gutsell – Tenor

Patrick Osborne – Bass

School Links

Bristol Choral Society actively encourages local children to experience choral singing, both as singers and listeners. In addition to the Apprenticeship Scheme for teenagers, the choir has an active outreach programme working with primary schools.

Bristol Choral Society has recently completed a 3 year programme of outreach work in some of Bristol’s primary schools. The choir secured funding from charitable foundations that enabled outreach activities in some 20 primary schools (often culminating in a shared concert with Bristol Choral Society and professional musicians in Bristol’s premier concert hall), commissioned new works for adults and children’s choirs and paid for singing teachers/choir leaders to work with classes of children.

Currently the choir is a partner organisation in Bristol Sings Music, the singing strategy for Bristol. In collaboration with Bristol Sings Music and Orchard School, the choir organised a concert in March 2016 when children from more than 10 Bristol schools joined with Bristol Choral Society and the Call Me Al Quintet in a performance at the Colston Hall of Ahoy! by Alexander L’Estrange.

For more information please contact our schools link coordinator Caro Barrett by selecting the ‘Schools/education’ option of our contact form.


Mini Messiah

In addition to encouraging singing in the next generation, Bristol Choral Society also stages concerts for children. The choir’s annual Mini Messiah family concert is the ideal way for children to experience a quality classical choral concert in a short and informal way, and has proved incredibly popular with children and parents alike.

Ticket prices are just £7 for adults and FREE for accompanied under 16s.

Read about the 2013 performance on our reviews page.

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Tickets for young people

A special ticket price of £5 is available for under 25s for Bristol Choral Society’s evening concerts.

To book your discounted ticket online click our online booking link and select your seat area. With the next click you will be given the concessionary price option.