BRADFORD Festival Choral Society (BFCS), a renowned choir with a rich history and a commitment to musical excellence, has announced ambitious plans for expansion as it gears up for Bradford City of Culture 2025.

Under the leadership of their inspirational musical team, including Musical Director and choral expert Thomas Leech, as well as a dedicated team of volunteers and trustees, the choir aims to reach new heights and achieve a membership milestone of 150 singers.

"We are thrilled to embark on this exciting journey of growth for the Bradford Festival Choral Society," said Sara Daniel, Chair of Trustees. "Our vision is to further develop our friendly, vibrant and diverse community of singers who share a passion for choral music. It's a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy of choral singing and be part of something special as we perform on March 16th 2024 in St George’s Hall with Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra as part of the Bradford Theatres orchestral concert season."

The choir is particularly keen to increase the size of its already excellent tenor and bass sections. Thomas Leech, Musical Director, expressed his enthusiasm for the expansion, saying: "We encourage singers in Bradford and beyond to come along to our rehearsals on Wednesday evenings from January 3rd. One of the great things about BFCS is the range of experience of our members - from professional musicians, seasoned choral singers, to those who have not sung since they were at school."

John, one of the choir's tenors, sheds light on the impact of being a part of BFCS: "I keep coming back to BFCS as it takes you away from your everyday worries and gives your mind (and body) a good workout! It also gives us lesser mortals the chance to work with some amazingly talented musicians. I've also made some great friends with the added bonus of a catch-up in the pub after rehearsal."

His testimony not only speaks to the artistic fulfilment derived from participating in BFCS but also highlights the sense of camaraderie experienced by choir members.

Beyond the sheer joy of making music together, BFCS recognizes the importance of a conducive rehearsal environment. The recent relocation of the rehearsal venue to Clock House at Bradford Grammar School on Keighley Road brings added convenience, boasting ample parking and excellent connectivity via bus and train - an endeavour to ensure that participation is accessible to all potential recruits.

Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening with singing starting at 7:30pm. Elijah rehearsals begin on January 3rd, and there is an open rehearsal on January 10th. For more information see their website: or email: