We stage top classical choral concerts with professional orchestras and soloists in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Cadogan Hall.

Directed by our principal conductor, Ivor Setterfield, and our associate director Katie Thomas. We perform three major concerts a year and we also support smaller projects, such as carol events for ‘Look Good Feel Better’ and providing a choir for the Barts Health Annual Remembrance Service at St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

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Our NHS heritage

Barts Choir was founded by a group of nurses at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1965. We retain a connection with the hospital in both name and spirit and regularly invite staff of Barts Health NHS Trust to join their voices with ours.

Our team of Professional Musicians

Ivor Setterfield

Musical Director

Katie Thomas

Associate Conductor

Chris Lee

Pianist
Highlights over the last 50 years:

1965 First performance of Handel’s Messiah at St Bartholomew the Great.

1972 Barts Choir’s first performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

1973 A concert at St Paul’s Cathedral to mark the 850th anniversary of the founding of St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

1982 Choir tour to Egypt with a performance of Alexander’s Feast in the Ambassador’s garden, Cairo.

1985 A performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Amsterdam.

1987 A performance of Elgar's Dream of Gerontius in Köln.

1990 Mozart Mass in C Minor in Denmark.

2000 Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ at the Royal Albert Hall.

2012 Performed in the Olympic stadium at the Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

2016 Accompanied Boy George for Channel 4 programme Stand Up to Cancer.

2018 Contributed a small number of NHS staff’s voices to a BBC Radio project entitled ‘NHS Symphony’, which was recently honoured with 2 radio awards.

2019 A group of Barts members participated in the project ‘Sing for Shelter’ which raised funds for the charity, Shelter

2020 We brought about virtual recordings in support of Barts Charity and Single Homeless Project. See our YouTube channel.

Each year we partner with a health-related charity, giving them support through publicity and by fund-raising.

This year we are supporting Doctors of the World, a charity who work tirelessly to empower excluded people to access healthcare. The organisation enable projects both at home and abroad and provide medical care, strengthen health systems and address underlying barriers to healthcare.

Doctors of the World

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