Hull Bach Choir

Friends of Hull Bach Choir

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November 2021. The audience assembles to welcome us back.

Help keep choral music alive!

Running a choir is not cheap. Throughout our season we hire a rehearsal room, pay to heat it in the winter, pay our conductor and accompanist, and we hire music scores. Much of the cost is covered by the subscription every choir member pays. But staging concerts takes the expenditure to another level completely. We hire a venue. We print posters and programmes. We pay musicians and soloists. Our orchestral members and some of our soloists are local freelance, semi-professional musicians. Others come from further afield: young professional singers at the outset of their careers, or professional instrumentalists from afar, needed because none was available locally or a particular work demands special expertise. We do all we can to keep costs to a minimum, but it is only right that we should pay our artists appropriately, and for, perhaps, four soloists and an orchestra of, say, twenty players, you can imagine that the cost, as I said at the top of this piece, is not cheap.

So, how do we pay for it? Sometimes we get financial support in the form of grants from the Hull or East Riding councils. Occasionally, for a special project, we apply for and get a grant from the National Lottery Fund.

Become a Friend

Another scheme – one that we particularly value because it is close to us and personal – is our 'Friends' scheme. We would be delighted if you would consider becoming a Friend of Hull Bach Choir. For a donation (suggested minimum £10) you will become a Friend for the season. In return, you will be able to buy tickets – as many as you like – for £2 less than the price charged to the public.

If you would like to join, you can download a form below to send with your donation. And please, if you are able, also make a Gift Aid declaration. This will enable us to claim a further 25% back from HMRC.

Click to download:
Friends application form.
Gift Aid declaration.

We have a long and great heritage of choral works created by great composers and performed throughout the centuries since Renaissance times. But opportunities to hear these great works performed live have dwindled in recent decades. Please help us to keep the choral tradition alive.

This year, we have altered our ticket pricing to reflect the scale of our concerts. For major choral works with an orchestra and soloists, our prices are unchanged, but for short concerts with fewer musicians, we are asking less. See our Booking Information for more details.