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Bolton Choral Union, founded in 1887, is one of the oldest established choral societies in the North West. We are a thriving, local choir performing at least four concerts a year, including a Family Carol Concert each December.

Our main venues are Bolton Parish Church and the United Reformed Church of St Andrew & St George.

Our Musical Director is the composer/conductor, Michael Greenhalgh and our accompanist is Ruth Webb.

We are a very friendly and welcoming choir, comprising about 40 full time members who enjoy the challenge of singing a wide range of music. We are always keen for new, enthusiastic members to join us.

Our repertoire covers over 300 years of classical music from Bach to the present day, but we sometimes include works from musical theatre or a specially commissioned work, as well as music which reflects the importance of a particular occasion, such as the Queen's Jubilee. We have recently premièred the Festal Mass by our own Musical Director and were one of the first choirs in the North West to perform, "The Peacemakers," by Karl Jenkins.

As an amateur choir we are proud that we have been able to bring professional musicians to Bolton to perform with us such as Manchester Camerata and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. In past concerts we have also been joined by Bolton's own Symphony Orchestra and the Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band.

We engage professional soloists, including postgraduates from the RNCM, and often invite back popular favourites such as soprano Eleanor Garside, tenor Richard Pollock and bass Oliver Dunn.


 

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