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St.John Rehearsal Schedule

Just in case you can not put your hands on the rehearsal schedule for the St.John Passion please find a copy below – which was correct at publication but may be subject to amendment as rehearsals progress:

Date                                    To be rehearsed
January 8th      Chorus Number 1 plus Chorales No.3 and 5 and 11
January 15th     Numbers 2a and 2b
January 22nd   12b Chorales Numbers 14 15 Choruses 16b 16d Chorale 17 Chorus 18b                                                                 Rehearse Chorus 21b 21d 21f Chorale 22 Chorus 23b 23d 23f
January 29th    chorus 25b Chorale 26 Chorus 27b Chorale 28
February 5th     Aria no.32 Chorale 37 Chorus 39 And Chorale 40
February 12th   Chorus 1, 2a, 2b Chorales 3 and 5
February 19th   Chorale 11 chorus 12b Numbers 14 15 16b 16d
February 26th   Chorale 17 Chorus 25b Chorale 26 Chorus 27b Chorale 28 Aria 32
March 4th          Chorale 37 Chorus 309 and Chorale 40
March 11th         Rehearse all of part 1
March 18th        Rehearse all of part 2
March 25th       ???
April 1st 7.30    Rehearse All
April 3rd 7.30   Rehearse All
April 4th 2pm   Rehearsal (Full)
7.30 p.m.  Concert

New Year Start 2020

Rehearsals will start again in the New Year on Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Please could you try and be there a little earlier so that scores for St.John Passion can be sorted out to allow a prompt start at 7.30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you then.

Need publicity for December concert?

Looking for more copies of either the flyers or the postcards for the December 2019 concert? Please use the links below.



Annual General Meeting & first rehearsal

This year’s AGM will take place on Wednesday 4th September 2019, starting at 7.30 p.m. in Sunderland Minster. Scores for the new works will be available from 7.00 p.m. and the AGM will be followed by the first rehearsal of the new season.The Agenda for the meeting is attached to the beginning of the minutes – and links to a copy of the minutes as either a WORD document or as a PDF file can be found below :

BCS AGM held 5.9.2018

BCS AGM held 5.9.2018 PDF

It has been agreed that verbal reports will only be heard at the meeting from the Chairman, the Treasurer, and the Musical Director. Links to the other usual reports will be published here as soon as they are available so that members can check their contents and raise questions at the AGM if applicable.


Concert Manager report 2019

Feedback BCS Summer Outing for 70th birthday Celebrations DL

Rehearsal Dates – post concert

There will be a choir rehearsal on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 and then a break before rehearsals are resumed on Wednesday April 24th.

Anniversary Season Events

    Based on the information agreed so far, the overall plan for the Anniversary Season September 2018 to June 2019 – including the Chairman’s Challenge – is currently as follows (events in bold type have agreed dates) : –

October 18th 2018 – Citizenship Ceremony
November 10th 2018 – Coffee Morning
December 8th 2018 – BCS Concert

January 19th 2019 – concert by Christopher & David Murray – 7.30 p.m. Sunderland Minster..
February 9th 2019 – Singing Day led by Aidan Oliver
March 1st 2019 – Social Singing Evening to be organised by Tenors – an evening of popular songs in The Peacock pub with word sheets provided and guitar accompaniment – details later.
March 30th 2019 – BCS Anniversary Concert

May 11th 2019 – Coastal walk followed by Fish & Chips in Whitburn Parish Hall organised by Basses. To start at 5.30 p.m. from Whitburn Parish Hall, price £10.00 – you don’t have to do all, or any of the  walk, to join in the fish & chips and enjoy the company.

June 7th 2019 – Quiz Night, to be organised by the Sopranos, in Whitburn Parish Hall, starting at 7.00 p.m. Details to follow.
June 22nd 2019 – BCS Concert

July 7th 2019 – Tanfield Railway trip organised by Altos.

A Triumph for the Tenors

As their contribution to our 70th Anniversary season, the Tenors organised a musically themed social evening in The Peacock in Sunderland on Friday 1st March 2019. In a comfortable setting the expectant audience of choir members, family, and friends were treated to a show that they knew had been prepared with considerable effort.

Whilst the Tenors were well rehearsed, the audience were perhaps less so but enjoyed joining in a wide range of songs that were a different part of our musical heritage from ‘Peggy Sue’, through a ‘Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Ticket to Ride’ until they left singing ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

The group singing was interspersed by some fine solo items from individual tenors and they even provided their own accompaniment from the accomplished guitarists amongst them. Overall a very good night – our particular thanks to the organisers – and a much appreciated addition to the history of the Society.

Ash Wednesday Rehearsal 6.3.2019

Our rehearsal on Wednesday the 6th of March 2019, Ash Wednesday, will be held at Ewesley Road Methodist Church, Chester Road, Sunderland, SR4 7RJ, starting at 7.30 p.m. Unfortunately the church has just found out that it will be hosting a Circuit service on that night starting at 6.30 p.m. and so members are asked not to attempt to enter the church until 7.20 p.m. to avoid any overlap.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Hope that you like the new website

You will have already noticed that the website has been updated in terms of presentation. However the main reason for this is to ensure that the site is as stable and secure as possible and to meet all of the current regulations about access and privacy. If there are any aspects which you think are not working correctly or have any other comments then please pass them on to

New Year Rehearsal Start

Rehearsals will start again in the New Year on Wednesday 9th January 2019. Please could you try and be there a little earlier so that scores for Creation can be sorted out to allow a prompt start at 7.30 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you then.