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Who we are and what we do
St Albans Bach Choir gave its inaugural concert in March 1924 with a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. We present a wide variety of music, staging three major concerts a year and two charity carol concerts, in St Albans Cathedral. Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral's Master of the Music, has been the choir's Music Director since 1998 and the Organ Scholar at the Cathedral, Michael Papadopoulos, is our accompanist.

We engage professional soloists and orchestras of the highest calibre but are also keen to encourage talented young singers at the start of their careers.

Recent programmes have included Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and David Fanshawe's African Sanctus as well as the more traditional choral repertoire. In 2013, as part of the St Albans International Organ Festival's 50th anniversary celebrations, the choir performed Benjamin Britten's War Requiem with the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong.
We also commissioned the young British composer Joseph Phibbs to create a new work especially for the choir: Tenebrae received its world premiere in the Cathedral to critical acclaim in April 2006. The choir has also given concerts in Lille Cathedral (Rachmaninoff Vespers) and the Rudolfinum in Prague (Mozart Requiem), and has been recorded on several occasions for BBC radio. In 2011 we were privileged to be conducted by John Rutter in a performance of his Magnificat and Requiem, and in December 2013 joined him and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for two of his popular sell-out carol concerts in the Royal Albert Hall.

In a new departure, we formed the
St Albans Celebration Choir in 2010. Drawing on the choir's membership, it can be hired to provide music for weddings and other special occasions.

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St Albans Bach Choir is a member of Making Music and a Registered Charity No. 285602
From Bach’s Passions to African Sanctus by way of Carmina
Burana and Rachmaninov Vespers...our range is rich
and varied
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