Cheltenham Bach Choir
Spring Festival of the Baroque 2019 - Cheltenham Bach Choir

Cheltenham Bach Choir

The choir is involved in many cultural and musical events throughout Cheltenham, the county of Gloucestershire and further afield. These events include hosting the annual Spring Festival of the Baroque - a weekend of music performances selected from the Baroque period (1600 - 1750). Other events include the annual Come and Sing Day, overseas concert tours as well as collaborations with other choirs throughout the UK.


The choir also arranges fund-raising events and social events for members.


Spring Baroque Festival

Cheltenham Bach Choir’s Spring Festival of the Baroque

brings three days of outstanding Baroque music

to Cheltenham the weekend before Easter.


29 March - 31 March


Chapel Arts

Cirencester Parish Church

St Matthew's Parish Church, Cheltenham


Satoko Doi-Luck

Satoko Doi‑Luck

Friday 29th March


Bach and Before

Satoko Doi‑Luck

Harpsichord recital


Chapel Arts, Cheltenham




Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and the Shakespeare's Globe.


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James Gilchrist

James Gilchrist

Saturday 30th March


J S Bach: St John Passion

Cheltenham Bach Choir

Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra


Cirencester Parish Church 7.30pm



David Crown Conductor

James Gilchrist The Evangelist

Matthew Durkan Jesus

Jessica Cale Soprano

Ben Williamson Alto

Rhys Batt Tenor


Sung in German


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Felicity Turner

Felicity Turner

Sunday 31st March


Concert of Bach Cantatas

Cheltenham Bach Choir

Felicity Turner


St Matthew’s Church,

Cheltenham at 3.00pm


The programme includes:


“Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden", BWV 230

“Christ lag in Todes Banden” BWV 4

“Ich habe genug” BWV 82


Felicity was the winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition. Cheltenham Bach Choir is delighted that she will be singing with them in the closing concert of the 2019 Spring Baroque Festival.

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About the Baroque period


The word baroque is derived from the Portuguese word barroco and is generally used to describe the style of art and music in Western Europe from 1600 to 1750, one of the richest and most diverse periods in music history.


Many of the forms identified with Baroque music originated in Italy, including the cantata, concerto, sonata, oratorio, and opera. Music academics and aficionados attributed the Italian composers Monteverdi, Corelli and Vivaldi to the early Baroque period and by the mid-eighteenth century Bach, Handel, Telemann and others were included. Purcell is, perhaps, the most famous English composer regarded as being part of the Baroque period.




Tickets and discounts


Tickets for all concerts for the Spring Baroque Festival can be purchased securely online via Ticket Source


Students: Buy all three concert tickets for £18

Adults: Buy all three concert tickets together for £36


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Venue information


Chapel Arts

Knapp Road,

Cheltenham GL50 3QQ

Friday 29th March 7.30 pm



Cirencester Parish Church

5 Market Pl, Cirencester GL7 2NX

Saturday 30 March 7.30 pm




St Matthew’s Church

44 Clarence St, Cheltenham GL50 3PL

Sunday 31 March 3.00 pm



Come & Sing 2019

Saturday 19 October 2019


Come and Sing with Cheltenham Bach Choir in 2019

The annual Come and Sing day is suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, those who just want to sing and those interested in joining Cheltenham Bach Choir. We look forward to having you with us for what promises to be a lovely day of choral music-making.


Details coming soon.





Other Events

Göttingen Concert Trip 2018


Through the twinning of the town of Cheltenham with Göttingen in Germany, links have been developed with a local choir in the town and the two choirs regularly organise exchange visits with concerts.



In 2018 the exchange took place between the 31 October and 4 November.


On the 3 November the choir performed A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams with the Göttingen Stadtkantorei and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra in the St Johannes Church in Göttingen.


A fantastic, memorable and hugely emotional evening in Göttingen. Wonderful work from two fab choirs and an orchestra that truly delivered. I feel very lucky to have experienced this


David Crown

Musical Director

Cheltenham Bach Choir


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