Berkshire Choral Festival

July 14th, 2012

From Chorister Grace: …I just returned from a fabulous week in Edinburgh – conductor Joseph Cullen is one of the leading choral conductors in Great Britain and it was a tremendous privilege and pleasure to spend a week working with him.  Our 158-member chorus – from half a dozen countries and 20+ states – did Mozart’s “Great Mass” and Handel’s “O Sing unto the Lord” – performing at Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh with the Scottish Festival Orchestra.

The 2013 schedule is posted at, and includes a week in Sonoma, California (a new venue for BCF) and a week in Edinburgh, both of those in June, as well as four one week vacations in Sheffield, Massachusetts in July.  Music for the various weeks includes the Mozart Requiem, the Bach Mass in B Minor, works by Vaughn Williams, Britten, and Vivaldi.  The final week in Sheffield is a week of blues and spirituals and the performance will also feature Sweet Honey in the Rock.

BCF offers scholarships for those who may not be able to afford full tuition and also offers a “young scholar” program as well as a apprentice conductor program.

I should also mention that this year’s week in Salzburg in September is still open for registration.  The conductor is Gary Thor Wedow, who is a lot of fun to sing with (I did the Bach Mass in B Minor with him several years ago).  Information about this remaining 2012 week is at

See you soon!


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