Our Next Concert
7.30 pm, Saturday 30th June, 2018
The Creation: J Haydn - choir with orchestra
Victoria Hall, Main St, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6DP

Tickets: £12 in advance; £14 at the door
18 & under FREE

Advance tickets can be bought from choir members and at Sutton's Bookshop, Ulverston

We are seeking Corporate sponsors for the 2018-19 season. Please email Ross Baxter at furnessbachchoir@gmail.com or call 01229 583750 if you would like to discuss how you might support us.

Picture courtesy of the North West Evening Mail

About Furness Bach Choir

We are a choir of thirty to forty voices, singing music composed over the past thousand years.

Choristers live in and around the Furness Peninsula. We were formerly known as the Ulverston Bach Choir and still rehearse in Ulverston on Tuesday evenings during term times.

Our New Musical Director

Furness Bach Choir are delighted to announce the appointment of Marco Bellasi as their new Musical Director.

“I am thrilled and excited to be chosen to be the new Musical Director of Furness Bach Choir,” Marco says. “My goal will be to preserve their tradition of excellence in performing great works from the choral repertoire, while suggesting new approaches to music and choral sound.”

Marco Bellasi is a prize winning conductor who has recently completed his time as Junior-Fellows conductor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he obtained his Masters degree (with distinction) in 2012.

He received tuition from Sir Mark Elder, assisting him at various times with the Halle Orchestra, and recently has studied with Ricardo Muti in Milan.

From 2011 to 2016 Marco was Musical Director of the Pennine Singers chamber choir in Glossop, and also, in 2016, worked as conductor of the RNCM Chamber Choir on a project culminating in public concerts at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

A trained singer, starting as a chorister in the Cathedral Choir of the Duomo of Milan, Marco has sung on numerous occasions as soloist and in chamber groups.

In addition to the RNCM orchestra and the Halle, he has worked with many orchestras including the BBC Symphony, and the Manchester Camarata, as well as community orchestras throughout the north of England.

Before taking his Masters degree at RNCM, Marco graduated in conducting at the Milan Conservatoire Guiseppe Verdi in 2007. He is also a professional violinist.

Announcing the appointment, Chair of Furness Bach Choir, Ross Baxter, said: “We are delighted to have secured such a highly talented, enthusiastic, young conductor to be our new musical director. After the death of our previous conductor, Anthony Milledge, finding the right person was a considerable challenge. In Marco Bellasi we have found the person who can bring the fresh insights and inspiration to build on the exceptional achievements of his predecessor, and the choir are keen to start work with him in September. This marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for Furness Bach Choir.”

Marco is also very much looking forward to working with the choir, and has chosen some fascinating repertoire for their next season, including Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (24th March), and culminating, next summer, with Joseph Haydn’s The Creation (30th June).