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bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

A Welcome from our Chair

Welcome to the website of the Bury Bach Choir, where you can find comprehensive information about the choir, its history, concert plans and how you can help to support us. Described in March 2012 in the East Anglian Daily Times as “a treasure for the town”, the choir was established in Bury St Edmunds in 1932.  Over nearly nine decades it has performed the principal works in the choral repertoire, including of course the great works of Bach. The choir is fortunate to have benefited from the talents of three outstanding musicians as its Music Directors – our founder, Percy Hallam, Harrison ‘Fred’ Oxley and our current conductor, Dr Philip Reed.


We have about 115 singing members at the moment, and we warmly welcome new members in all voices. We are an auditioned choir and aim to be among the best choral societies in the region. Our future concert programme reflects our ambitions. We present concerts to a consistently high standard, employing professional instrumentalists and soloists to accompany us. We are fortunate to be able to perform in some of East Anglia’s loveliest venues, including St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Mary’s Church in Bury St Edmunds, the beautiful and famous parish churches at Lavenham and Long Melford and the wonderful concert hall at the Apex in Bury St Edmunds.


The standards we set ourselves mean that our major concerts are expensive to present, and we are very fortunate to have many Friends, Benefactors and Corporate Patrons who support us. In particular, the Music Sales Charitable Trust, our main sponsor, makes an important contribution to our activities. We are sincerely grateful to all of these individuals and organisations.


I hope you enjoy browsing this website. All the information you need on how to join the choir, what we are planning to sing in the coming months, how to support us and who to contact is available here.


It is a privilege for me to Chair an organisation that has contributed so much to the cultural life of our beautiful town, and has firm plans to build further on its established reputation for good singing and the performance of wonderful music. I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our concerts, or as a new member of the choir.


Tess Wright

Running for the Bury Bach Choir!

I last did a serious run in 2014, when I ran the London Marathon and the Great North Run.  Earlier this year I thought 'I wonder if I could still run a half marathon?'  My second thought was 'why don't I run it for the Choir?'

So I'm running the Knebworth Half Marathon on 24 November, and seeking sponsorship to raise money for the Bury Bach Choir and Parkinson's UK  (my uncle and a dear friend have both been diagnosed recently).

If you feel like sponsoring me, I would be really grateful for anything you can give - thank you!  You can click here to donate.


Tess Wright


2019/20 Season

Saturday 16 November 2019


The Apex, Charter Square

Brahms Requiem and The Armed Man

Tickets on sale now

Saturday 14 December 2019


The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham

A Christmas Celebration

Tickets on sale now

Saturday 7 March 2020


St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Verdi Requiem

Tickets on sale now

Saturday 16 May 2020


St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Handel Messiah

Tickets on sale 17 February

Future Concerts

Details here

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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”. 

The Music Sales Charitable Trust

Major sponsor of the choir

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