bury  singing bach  since choir  1932
bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

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Philip Reed has been our Music Director for the last 21 years, leading the choir to new standards of excellence and achievement. As the choir’s third Music Director since our formation ninety years ago, Philip’s unique contribution to our history will be valued long into the future. His time with us has now drawn to a close, and he leaves us with our best wishes for the future.   

Pending the appointment of our new Music Director, we have invited Tom Appleton to direct and conduct the choir for our next concert, a performance of Handel’s Messiah in The Apex concert hall, Bury St Edmunds, on Saturday 12 November 2022.  



Tom is very well known for his widespread contributions to classical music in Suffolk and beyond, including ten years as a singer with the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and we look forward to working with him as we prepare to perform this wonderful work. 


Details here. Booking will open on 5 September.

Click here to see a recent Bury Free Press feature on the choir.

And click here for more about our 90th Anniversary.


Interested in joining the choir? We have vacancies. See below for details. We start rehearsals on 7 September.   

The Bury St Edmunds Bach Choir, known to all as the Bury Bach Choir, was founded in 1932 to perform the great choral masterpieces, and is proud of its history and its central position in the cultural life of Bury St Edmunds. It was recently described by the East Anglian Daily Times as “a treasure for the town”.  We celebrate our 90th birthday in 2022.


We give three major concerts each year with full professional orchestra and soloists, and also give a Christmas concert. Whether you are a choral music afficionado, or have just discovered classical music, you can enjoy the thrill of live music by coming to our concerts.


For details of our forthcoming concerts, and how to get tickets, go to the concerts section of this website. Our concerts are very popular, with audiences in excess of 400, so you need to book early to get the best seats.

Becoming a Friend or Sponsor


Many of our regular concert-goers choose to support live music in Bury St Edmunds by joining our Friends Association, or by sponsoring a concert.


You can find out how to become a friend or sponsor and about the benefits it brings by clicking here.



Keeping up to date with the choir


There's lots of information about the choir throughout this website. We also produce an annual brochure giving full details of our concerts. To join our mailing list or our e-mailing list, please send this form or contact Susan Kodicek. 


For the latest up-to-the-minute news of the choir visit the BBCh blog.


We are also active on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Calling All Singers

There is nothing to beat the experience of singing with a big choir. The Bury Bach Choir has over 100 active singing members and is fortunate to be able to perform in a number of beautiful venues – St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds, St Peter and St Paul Church in Lavenham, Holy Trinity Church in Long Melford and of course the wonderful Apex concert hall in the centre of Bury St Edmunds.


We have some vacancies in all voices. Come and join us! We are an auditioned choir with a great track record and an ambition to be one of the best choirs in East Anglia. Full details of how to join are here. We offer a special rate for singing members under 26 years of age. If you would like to sing with the Choir, you are very welcome to contact our New Members' Secretary, Linda Cleveley.

Recent concerts


Click here for details of our recent concerts.

James Recknell


In memory of James Recknell - please click here.


Saturday 12 November 2022


Handel Messiah

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tickets on sale 5 September

Saturday 17 December 2022


A Christmas Celebration

Lavenham parish church

Tickets on sale 5 September

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The Choir’s purpose is “to prepare and give public performances primarily of the core choral repertoire, using professional soloists and instrumentalists, to the highest possible standard”. 

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