History of the Choir

The Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir was originally formed in 1972 for Kenneth Montgomery, who was then the musical director of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta chamber orchestra. The first concert took place in Romsey Abbey, and, until November 1978, the choir worked as the choral adjunct to the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, which sadly ceased to exist in autumn 1999. Since the late seventies, the choir has been financially independent and self-governing.

During its association with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, the choir performed with several distinguished conductors, including Volker Wangenheim, Rudolph Schwarz and Simon Rattle. The current conductor, David Gostick, became Musical Director in 2003 and follows in the footsteps of previous conductors Howard Ionascu, Rupert Jeffcoat, Nigel Carver and Barry Ferguson, who was the choir's very first chorus-master.
David Gostick is Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wimborne Minster and has a wide ranging and busy career as a conductor and repetiteur. He recently took up the post of conductor with Portsmouth Choral Union, works regularly with opera groups and is in demand as conductor and accompanist with many amateur and professional soloists and ensembles both locally and in London.

 

The choir relies heavily on the commitment, as well as the talents, of its members, who come from a wide area, travelling from Hampshire and Wiltshire as well as across Dorset to rehearse each week in Blandford.

BSC performs in a wide range of places – the intimate historic churches of Dorset, abbeys and cathedrals across the south of England, concert halls and smaller secular venues. Over the last few years, the choir has appeared in London at St Martin in the Fields and The Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy and has toured Italy, Austria and Hungary. In October 2014, BSC will visit Jersey. Its repertoire includes sacred and secular music from the 16th to the 21st centuries and its concerts range from a cappella programmes to performances of the great choral works and a staged presentation of Handel’s Solomon.

The choir has a particular interest in new music and regularly commissions works, including The Dorchester Canticles by Tarik O’Regan, and Five Seasons by Cecilia McDowall. The choir has recorded two CDs - Landscapes and Noël! Noël!, which are available for sale at concerts, and has featured on ‘The Choir’ and ‘Breakfast on 3’ on Radio 3 and on Classic FM at Christmas.