Bath's acclaimed chamber choir, A Handful of Singers, presents a programme of contrasts, juxtaposing the solemn splendour of Mozart's Requiem (as completed by Süssmayr), the dignified austerity of Vaughan Williams's unaccompanied Mass in G minor for double choir, and Haydn's cataclysmic 'storm' chorus, Insanae et vanae curae, written for a revival of his sacred opera Il Ritorno di Tobia. The choir is accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra.
Established in 2002, the choir has forged a reputation as one of Bath's most respected choral ensembles. Originally a literal handful of experienced singers, the group has operated since 2005 as a versatile chamber choir of 20 auditioned singers under its award-winning conductor, Christopher Finch.
A Handful of Singers has regularly performed at major events in and around Bath and in 2009 the choir won a significant grant from the BBC Performing Arts Fund's Choral Ambition Scheme in recognition of its distinction in choral performance and outreach work with local primary and secondary school choirs.
In autumn 2013 A Handful of Singers launched its first commercial CD, Sing, Be, Live, See..., recorded in the fabulous acoustics of Prior Park College Chapel, Bath, and showing the diversity and high artistic standards the choir has been synonymous with. Excerpts from the recording can be heard on the choir's website www.ahandfulofsingers.org.
'this was as good as it gets ... a masterclass in purity of tone and musical understanding' Bath Chronicle, April 2014
- Requiem Mass in D minor
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
- Mass in G minor
- Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
- Insanae et vanae curae
- (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)