A Handful of Singers was established in 2002 and 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 24 auditioned singers under its award-winning conductor, Christopher Finch, occasionally increasing its numbers for larger-scale works.
The choir has performed at major events in and around Bath, including several performances at Party in the City. It has collaborated with the region’s finest instrumentalists and young vocalists.
The choir performs music of all periods and genres, ranging from Renaissance motets, romantic part-songs, large-scale works, music by contemporary composers to Gospel choruses and arrangements of Broadway classics.
The choir is particularly active in promoting and nurturing young musicians, involving them in performances alongside the choir and professional players; in 2010 this culminated in an outstandingly successful concert funded by a substantial grant awarded to the choir by the BBC under its Choral Ambition Scheme.
In 2013, the choir released its first commercial CD, Sing… Be… Live… See…, recorded in Prior Park Chapel, excerpts of which can be heard on the choir’s website www.ahandfulofsingers.org.
A Handful of Singers used their BBC award in 2010 to expand their outreach work with young singers and instrumentalists in the area. For the concert on July 3rd 2010, A Handful of Singers involved three local youth choirs and Wells Cathedral School Chamber Choir, and created a specially instituted Orchestral Academy (talented local young performers approaching the end of secondary education) who had the opportunity to perform alongside professional musicians and the talented music specialists of Wells Cathedral School, with coaching and workshops from experienced and respected professionals.
The choir continues to give young performers a platform in their concerts.