Skipton Camerata’s relationship with Bradford Festival Choral Society (BFCS) goes back many years. The Bradford-based choir have regularly hired the orchestra for large choral performances of works by Bach, Mozart, Poulenc and John Rutter, to name but a few.
Over the last year the choir have, like everyone else, found their plans thwarted because of the pandemic. Mass gatherings have simply not been possible. Nevertheless, BFCS and their conductor, Tom Leech, have been busy singing together - virtually - making a number of videos posted on their YouTube channel.
Last Saturday, BFCS streamed their latest video: a performance of Haydn’s Nelson Mass recorded remotely by each of the performers in their own homes. Soloists Peyee Chen, Rhiannon Doogan, Kamil Bien and Phil Wilcox, and each member of the choir recorded their parts in the comfort of their own homes to a soundtrack of the orchestra also recorded remotely by musicians from Skipton Camerata. The result is audibly marvellous and visually fascinating.
Instead of charging for tickets, the digital performances are asking for donations for two local charities: Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank and Bradford Friendship Choir (a group for refugees and asylum seekers).