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Friends of Bolton School Choir
The Friends of Bolton School (FOBS) choir launched in November 2014 and is flourishing under the direction of Mrs Andrea Price, Director of Music in the Girls' Division at Bolton School. The choir is made up of current and former parents, friends and alumni of Bolton School.
Recent performances include:
Howells' Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis at the Centenary Choral Evensong at Bolton Parish Church in April 2016.
O Magnum Mysterium and Angelicus at the 2016 Christmas Celebration Concert. Click here to watch the Friends of Bolton School Choir and the Joint Concert Band perform ‘Angelicus’. Listen again to the whole of the Christmas Concert via Soundcloud by clicking here.
The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace by Karl Jenkins at Bolton Parish Church in May 2017. Click here for full news article.
Rehearsals take place regularly on a variety of weekday evenings in the Girls' Division, with parking available in the Girls' Division quad. There are no auditions but the ability to sight-read music is required. The choir is particularly short of tenors and basses but everyone is welcome; attendance at all rehearsals is not compulsory.
If you would like more information or to be included on the mailing list, please contact Helen Critchlow, the FOBS choir secretary at email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @FOBSchoir.
You can download a Choir recruitment flyer here.
An Evening of Musical Theatre
The Friends of Bolton School Choir hosted an evening concert in the Arts Centre on 18th May to raise funds for Speakeasy, a Bury-based charity specialising in helping people with aphasia. The Friends Choir, led by Choirmaster Andrea Price, Girls’ Division Director of Music, performed hits from musicals such as The Lion King, My Fair Lady, Carousel and The Sound of Music. They were joined by talented pupils and alumni, some as young as 7, who delighted the audience with some stellar performances from a range of musicals, the climax being a jaw-dropping rendition from Jesus Christ Superstar. Expert accompaniment was provided by members of staff from the music departments of both Divisions. The audience also viewed a presentation about the work of Speakeasy.
Guests enjoyed a sumptuous display of home-made cakes provided by members of the choir, and donations plus a raffle all went to a good cause. In total £600 was raised for Speakeasy. Gill Pearl, Chief Executive of Speakeasy and a member of the FOBS Choir, thanked everyone for the help and donations, saying that the money raised will be invaluable in helping to deliver support and therapeutic activity to people with aphasia and their families. Andrea Price thanked the Friends Choir for their commitment during the year, observing that the Choir is a great opportunity for parents, alumni and friends to be involved in the vibrant creative arts offering at Bolton School, as well as helping to fundraise for a local charity.