Baroque Collective Singers

Founded by conductor John Hancorn in 2013, the Baroque Collective Singers is a chamber choir made up of the very best singers from Lewes and the surrounding area. The choir aims to explore a wide range of repertoire, a cappella and with instruments, with a focus on baroque. BCS performed Britten's Ceremony of Carols at its inaugural concert in December 2013 and Heinrich Schütz's St Matthew Passion at Easter 2014. Concerts in 2015 included Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Buxtehude in March 2015 at St John sub Castro, Lewes with members of the Baroque Collective, and Brahms's Requiem at the Hurst Festival with young soloists from the Royal Academy of Music and pianists Nancy Cooley and Gareth Hancock. The BCS Christmas concert on Saturday 12 December at St Michael's Church, Lewes featured Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel and festive works by Britten, Victoria and Buxtehude alongside contemporary Christmas music by British Composer Award winning composers Cecilia McDowall and Ed Hughes. BCS performed Handel's 'Dixit Dominus' and Bach's motet 'Singet dem Herrn' in February 2016 with members of the Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury who performed Handel's Trio Sonata Op.5 No. 4. BCS's concert as part of the Lewes Festival of Song on 3 July 2016 featured a cappella works by Poulenc, Hindemith and Janequin alongside Tudor madrigals and works by Elgar and Parry. BCS performed Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in a semi-staged performance with the Baroque Collective in February 2017. Future plans include a Summer Concert on Sunday 2 July 2017 and Handel's Messiah on Saturday 23 December 2017 at St Michael's Church, Lewes. 

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Concerts 2016

Sunday 21 February 2016 at St Michael's Church, Lewes

Bach: Singet dem Herrn

Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 9 No. 5

Handel: Dixit Dominus

John Hancorn, conductor

Alison Bury, leader


Concerts 2015

Saturday 12 December 2015 at St Michael's Church, Lewes

Charpentier: Messe de Minuit pour Noel

plus a selection of festive music including

Ed Hughes: Christmas Hath Darkness

James MacMillan: O Radiant Dawn

Benjamin Britten: Hymn to the Virgin


Thursday 24 September 2015 at Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint

Hurst Festival 2015

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem

Soprano: Lorena Paz Nieto

Baritone: Nicholas Mogg

Piano: Nancy Cooley, Gareth Hancock

Baroque Collective Singers

Baroque Collective Singers

26 October 2014, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes

John Hancorn, conductor

Gareth Hancorn, piano

BCS photo credit: Santiago Sartorius

'The Winter of the World'

A concert to commemorate World War I devised by Helen Glavin

programme included: 

Thomas Tallis: Salvator Mundi

Howard Goodall: In Flanders Field

Helen Glavin: Who Fights the Wars

Brahms: How lovely are thy dwellings

Parry: My soul there is a country

Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord



13 April 2014, St Michael's Church, High Street, Lewes

John Hancorn, conductor

Nicholas Pritchard, Evangelist

Andrew Robinson, Christus


Schutz: St Matthew Passion

BCS 13 April 2014 poster

15 December 2013, St John sub Castro Church, Lewes

John Hancorn, conductor

Alison Bury, violin

Nicholas Houghton, piano

Helen Arnold, harp

BCS poster 15 Dec 2013

Bach: Singet dem Herrn 

Britten: Hymn to the Virgin

Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque

J S Bach: Partita no. 3 in E major BWV 1006

Ed Hughes: Christmas hath darkness (world premiere)

Poulenc: O Magnum Mysterium

Britten: Ceremony of Carols