Saturday November 18th 2023
at Grimsby Minster
commencing at 7.30pm
Fauré,s Requiem and Caroline Leighton’s Requiem
This promises to be a wonderful evening of music. Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem is an all-time favourite for singers and audiences alike and this will be a concert premier for Caroline Leighton’s Requiem.
Look out for a recording of Caroline’s Requiem, which the choir completed in lockdown, which will soon be released on Grimsby Bach Choir’s YouTube Channel.
Both these pieces have wonderful tunes and beautiful harmonies so definitely an evening not to be missed.
Tickets are available at Grimsby Minster and also from members of the choir.
Summer Concert 2023
Our new header shows Grimsby Bach Choir at the back and Keelby Community Choir standing in front.
Grimsby Bach Choir and Keelby Community Choir take a bow!
Some of the Teddys that enjoyed our concert in Keelby Methodist Church on 10th June.
Who ever thought that Grimsby Bach Choir was stuffy and only sang music by J S Bach?
The choir’s next concert is on September 18th at Grimsby Minster but before then there is a chance to come along and sing with us on September 9th 2023.
All the details on on our Events page. We look forward to seeing you then.
Songs of the Sea-March 2023
We are pleased to announce that we raised £116 for the RNLI in Cleethorpes during our in-concert raffle.
More photos in our gallery!
The choir is very excited to have a new Musical Director, Dr Alison Willis. She joined us in November 2022.
Here is a message from her:-
“Hello and welcome! Grimsby Bach Choir is a small, friendly chamber choir with over fifty years of singing experience and I am delighted to have been appointed as its new Musical Director from November 2022. We sing a wide range of musical styles from classical to opera choruses to more contemporary works, performing in and around Grimsby including frequently at the Minster. We are always happy to hear from anyone who might like to join us. We aim to create high quality music while enjoying the camaraderie and friendship that being part of a choir brings. We also have tea and cake at half-time in rehearsals…
Do get in touch if you would like to find out more.”
Dr Alison Willis
Alison Willis: Musical Director: Alison (b. 1971) is a Musical Director, pianist, organist and award winning composer whose works have been performed and broadcast internationally. She studied composition with Alan Bullard (Colchester) and George Benjamin (RCM) and has recently completed a PhD with Paul Mealor and Phillip Cooke at the University of Aberdeen. Her music has been described as, ‘Stunning’, ‘Intensely moving’, ‘Beautiful yet pragmatic’ and ‘Saying what you have to say and then stopping’.
She finds particular inspiration in historical sources and events, forgotten voices, social issues and enjoys working collaboratively with both young people and adults. She has recently been appointed as Musical Director of the Grimsby Bach Choir. Recent compositions include the Derby Service for Derby Cathedral, ‘We’re Nor ‘avin’ It’, a micro-opera about the Luddites for Streetwise’s Re:Sound project and ‘In Peace Eternal – A Blessing for Leo’ broadcast as part of BBC Radio 4’s Daily Service.
For more information or to listen to Alison’s music please visit www.alisonwillis.com or Alison’s YouTube channel – Alison Willis Composer.
David Parker: Assistant Musical Director and pianist: David’s early musical career was centred around singing. His radio debut was as a boy treble singing “Where’er You Walk” at the age of eleven, on The Home Service, a month before it became Radio 4. Later, while a counter-tenor choral scholar at Christ Church Oxford, he also sang in the pioneering early music group The Tallis Scholars where he met fellow undergraduate and future wife Gill at a concert in Merton Chapel.
Since retiring from A Level teaching in the classroom at Franklin College David has extended his role of pianist. He is now pianist and deputy conductor for Grimsby Bach Choir and Louth Choral Society and is much in demand as piano accompanist for degree and diploma level exams giving recent recitals in Boston, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow. He studied piano locally with Shirley Kemp and in London with Max Pirani at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked as accompanist with artists such as Peter Pears, Thomas Hemsley, David Willcocks and Raphael Wallfisch.