Bradford Festival Choral Society

Come to Bradford Festival Choral Society’s wonderful concert, A Night at the Opera, on Saturday, May 13th, 7.30 pm at All Saints’ Parish Church, Bingley, BD16 2RH.  We’re singing all your favourite opera choruses and a couple of lovely less familiar ones, and the  fabulous soloists will be singing some of the best-loved arias.  If you came to the Mozart Requiem and Haydn Nelson Mass you’ll know how good the choir is these days, and if you didn’t, come and find out.  There will be wine, soft drinks and extra special nibbles (some home made) in the interval.
Tickets from the choir website - and on the door, but for this smallish venue it may be better to get them in advance.
And some more dates:
Saturday June 17th, Mahler’s 2nd symphony, Huddersfield Town Hall:  This large scale work needs an enormous choir, so if you’d like to join us as an extra singer, see attached flyer.
Wednesday Sept 13th, St Peter’s Church Hall, Moorhead Lane, Shipley BD18 4DH:  Open rehearsal for people interested in joining our choir
Wednesday Oct 4th, Freedom Studios, 7 Manor Row, Bradford BD1 4DP:  8 week Learn to Sing course led by the brilliant Sally Egan

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Stabat Mater Translation

Stabat Mater – Joseph Rheinberger

Stabat Mater dolorosa iuxta crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius
The grieving Mother stood weeping beside the cross where her Son was hanging

Cuius animam gementem contristatam et dolentem pertransivit gladius
Through her weeping soul, compassionate and grieving, a sword passed.

O quam tristis et afflicta fuit illa benedicta Mater Unigeniti
O how sad and afflicted was that blessed Mother of her Only-begotten Son

Quae moerebat et dolebat Pia Mater dum videbat nati poenas incliti
Who mourned and grieved, the pius Mother, as she looked at the torment of her glorious Son.

Quis est homo qui non fleret matrem Christi si videret in tanto supplicio?
Who is the man who would not weep if he saw the Mother of Christ in such distress?

Quis non posset contristari Christi matrem contemplari dolentem cum filio?
Who could not feel compassion, contemplating Christ’s mother grieving with her son?

Pro peccatis suae gentis vidit Jesum in tormentis et flagellis subitum
For the sins of his people she sees Jesus in torment and subjected to the scourge.

Vidit suum dulcem natum morientem desolatum dum emisit spiritum
She sees her sweet son dying, forsaken while he gives up his spirit.

Eia Mater, fons amoris, me sentire vim doloris fac ut tecum lugeam
O Mother fountain of love, make me feel the power of sorrow, that I may grieve with you.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum in amando Christum Deum ut sibi complaceam
Let my heart burn in the love for Christ the God, that I may please Him.

Sancta mater, istud agas, crucifixi fige plagas cordi meo valide
Holy mother bring this about, that you fix the wounds of the crucified firmly in my heart.

Tui nati vulnerati tam dignati pro me pati poenas mecum divide.
Of your wounded son, who deigned to suffer so much for me, share his pains with me.

Fac me tecum pie flere crucifixo condolere donec ego vixero
Let me, pious one, weep with you, bemoan the crucified, for as long as I live.

Juxta crucem tecum stare et me tibi sociare in planctu desidero
 To stand beside the cross with you, and to join in your weeping, this I desire.

Virgo virginum praeclara mihi iam non sis amara fac me tecum plangere
Virgin of virgins most noble, to me be not now bitter, let me with you lament.

Fac ut portem Christi mortem, passionis fac consortem et plagas recolere
Let me bear the death of Christ, be a sharer of his passion, and commemorate his wounds.

Fac me plagis vulnerari fac me cruce inebriari et cruore filii
Let me be wounded with his wounds let me be inebriated by the cross and the blood of your son.

Translation compiled by Suzanne Norton

Practice at Home

Concert in St Margaret's Church           Tuesday 4 April, 7.30pm


Individual Items:

Kyrie from Schubert's Mass in G:
Gloria from Puccini's Messa de Gloria:
Credo from DuBois' Messe de la Délivrance:
Agnus Dei From Fauré's Requiem:
Jesu grant me this I pray by Gibbons:
Stabat Mater by Rheinberger:
Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem by Stanford:

Who are our Section Leaders?

Here are our Section Leaders who do a great job making new members feel at home:

Hilary Wild - Sopranos

Margaret Taylor - Altos

Derek Plummer - Tenors

Graham Fergusson - Basses

Spring 2017 Dates

Rehearsals on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in St Margaret's Parish Centre
9, 16, 23, 30 January
6, 13, 20, 27 February
6, 13, 20, 27 March

Rehearsal in St Margaret's Church
Monday, 3 April, 7.30pm

Concert in St Margaret's Church 
          Tuesday 4 April, 7.30pm