The Choir of the Nine Bridges Benefice 

 

The choir began its life in the curious circumstances of a nationwide lockdown during the 2020 Covid pandemic.  With a desire to bring music to the congregations of the Benefice at a time when live music-making was prohibited, a virtual choir was established to make recordings of hymns and anthems for use during online services.  Following the pandemic, the choir finally met together in person for the first time in September 2021 and has been growing ever since and now comprises a core of around 25 members .  It sings for occasional church services and other special events.

The choir is always looking to welcome new members. There is no obligation to have ever sung in a choir before or to read music.  Rehearsals are currently held on Thursday evenings at 7pm for ninety minutes during which there is a warm-up and exploration of traditional and contemporary repertoire. There is usually a trip to the pub afterwards too! If you are interested in coming along, please get in touch with our Director, Bradley Smith by telephone: 07925 220 209, or click here. We look forward to seeing you! 

Our Musical Director

Bradley Smith studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music. His career has enabled a comfortable balance between the theatre and the concert platform.  In his oratorio work he is regularly engaged to sing the Evangelist and tenor solos in the Bach passions, Handel’s Messiah, and other repertory staples with major orchestras internationally.

Bradley conducts three other professional choirs, and has a thriving teaching practice in London and at Cambridge University, principally at Selwyn College. He is a Fellow of the Guild of Musicians and Singers, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. He is always willing to accept new students, and holds lessons and coachings in Northborough. 

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