The Armed Man Come and Sing in October with the Cheltenham Bach Choir
Come and Sing October 2019 The Armed Man

Cheltenham Bach Choir

The choir is involved in a number of cultural and musical events throughout Cheltenham, the county of Gloucestershire and further afield. These events include hosting the annual Spring Festival of the Baroque which took place in March this year. Other events include the annual Come and Sing day in October. This year we invite members of the public to come and sing The Armed Man composed by Karl Jenkins. The choir also participate in overseas concert tours and collaborations with other choirs throughout the UK.


The choir also arranges fund-raising events and social events for members.


Come & Sing 2019

Come & Sing : THE ARMED MAN

Saturday 19 October 2019

Conducted by David Crown

10.00 am - 4.00 pm


Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man - Come and Sing with Cheltenham Bach Choir


The annual Come and Sing day is suitable for singers of all ages and abilities, those who just want to sing and those interested in joining Cheltenham Bach Choir. We look forward to having you with us for what promises to be a superb day of choral music-making.


The Armed Man is a Mass for chorus and soloists by the Welsh composer Karl Jenkins. The work was commissioned for the Millennium by the Royal Armouries Museum and is dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis. Essentially the work is an anti-war piece based on the structure of the Catholic Mass, with additional sources including the 15th-century folk song L'homme armé and an Islamic Call to Prayer performed by a professional mu'addhin. The text includes words from other religious and historical sources, including the Bible and the Mahabharata. Writers whose words appear in the work include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Sankichi Toge.



Holy Apostles, London Road, Cheltenham GL52 6HW

Concert performance 3.00 pm

Friends and family are invited.

The event will end at approximately 4.00 pm

Registration 10.00 am

£15 to include the hire of music , tea and coffee.

Please bring your own lunch


For more information and how to book a place please send an email


Spring Baroque Festival


Cheltenham Bach Choir’s Spring Festival of the Baroque

brought three days of outstanding Baroque music

to Cheltenham over the last weekend of March

The programme included:

Satoko Doi-Luck

Bach and Before

Satoko Doi­Luck

Harpsichord recital


Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and the Shakespeare's Globe.

James Gilchrist

J S Bach: St John Passion

Cheltenham Bach Choir

Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra


David Crown Conductor

James Gilchrist The Evangelist

Matthew Durkan Jesus

Jessica Cale Soprano

Ben Williamson Alto

Rhys Batt Tenor

Felicity Turner

Concert of Bach Cantatas

Cheltenham Bach Choir

Felicity Turner


“Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden", BWV 230

“Christ lag in Todes Banden” BWV 4

“Ich habe genug” BWV 82


Felicity was the winner of the 2018 Cheltenham Baroque Singing Competition. Cheltenham Bach Choir is delighted that she will be singing with them in the closing concert of the 2019 Spring Baroque Festival.

Other Events

Göttingen Concert Trip 2018


Through the twinning of the town of Cheltenham with Göttingen in Germany, links have been developed with a local choir in the town and the two choirs regularly organise exchange visits with concerts.



In 2018 the exchange took place between the 31 October and 4 November.


On the 3 November the choir performed A Sea Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams with the Göttingen Stadtkantorei and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra in the St Johannes Church in Göttingen.


A fantastic, memorable and hugely emotional evening in Göttingen. Wonderful work from two fab choirs and an orchestra that truly delivered. I feel very lucky to have experienced this


David Crown

Musical Director

Cheltenham Bach Choir


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