All about our choir

Sarah Walker, CBE

Vice Presidents:
Paul Foster, Terry Moore-Scott, Audrey Turner, Tony Whelpton

Honorary Patron:
Brian Kay

Emeritus Members:
Mr B Atkinson, Mrs M Burgess, Mr J Davies, Mrs E Ferguson, Mrs S Gayler, Mrs J Grant, Mr R Kay, Mr S Pine


Chair: Susan Gargett (
Vice Chair: Nikky Shergold (
Treasurer: Sue Silcock (
Secretary: Shirley Elliott (
Membership Secretary: Andrew Gummer (
Marketing: David Sykes (
Tickets: John Sheppard and James Fairlie (
Bach Benefactors: (


About the Cheltenham Bach Choir
The Cheltenham Bach Choir celebrated the 70th anniversary of its foundation in 2016. The highlights of our 70th anniversary year were a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Cheltenham Town Hall on 1st April 2017, accompanied by The Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra, and our 70th Anniversary concert on 24th June 2017, at which we were very privileged to have the attendance of our patron, Princess Anne.

We are are also privileged to enjoy the active support of our President, Sarah Walker, a former chorus member. Under the direction of our previous Musical Director, Stephen Jackson and Assistant Conductor, Tim Morris, the musical standard had risen steadily to the point where the choir is now regarded as one of the best in South-West England.  There is no doubt that the standard is reaching new heights under the guidance of our new Musical Director, David Crown. Our accompanist is Robin Baggs.

We aim to study and perform a wide variety of works and our programmes have a degree of adventure and originality, including the commissioning of new works. Each year the choir presents usually four major concerts in venues around Cheltenham, including the Town Hall, the Pump Room, Cheltenham College Chapel and Cirencester Parish Church.

We currently have over 100 singing members. Our recent programmes have included Bach’s St John Passion, an Evening at the Opera in the Pittville Pump Room, and the magnificent Mozart Requiem with the challenging Dixit Dominus by Handel.

Our reputation is known outside our local area and as a result we have been invited to take part in a number of prestigious events, including Carmina Burana in the BBC Proms, an Opera Gala in Birmingham Symphony Hall (with the Hallé Choir), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of the Cheltenham International Music Festival, and two appearances in BBC Songs of Praise.

Through the twinning of the town of Cheltenham with Göttingen in Germany, links have been developed with a local choir in the town and the choir regularly exchanges visits with its opposite numbers.

Admission to the choir is by audition and members may be subject to re-audition every two years.

Rehearsals are held throughout the year on Tuesday evenings, from 7.30 pm to 9.45 pm (with a 15 minute break) in Bethesda Methodist Church, Great Norwood Street, Cheltenham GL50 2AP.

For most of its concerts the choir operates a minimum attendance rule.