Festival Gala Concert: Borealis Choir
Sunday 23rd June 2019 | 8pm
The Priory Church of St Mary & St Cuthbert, Bolton Abbey
Borealis are a professional chamber choir based in the North of England, drawing their membership from among the finest singers residing in the North.
With a mission to give performances of the highest quality, focusing on northern England whilst also touring further afield and abroad. Alongside the standard choral repertoire, they aim to present ambitious and exciting programmes and similarly innovative recordings, often bringing to light music and composers who have not received the recognition they deserve.
Their first recording, due in early 2019 on the Toccata Classics label, embodies this mission, and will be the first volume in a series comprising the complete choral works of Austrian–Jewish émigré composer Hans Gál (1890–1987). Some of these pieces will feature in their Gala Concert performance in June 2019.
Although Borealis was formally established as recently as 2016, most of their singers are or have been leading members of two of the region’s most accomplished and longstanding ensembles, the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds and Orion Chamber Choir. Their members also perform with a variety of other high-profile ensembles and cathedral choirs.
United as a single choir of 16–20 singers, and directed by Bridget Budge and Steve Muir, these voices combine to produce a uniquely rich yet agile sound, a perfect blend of youthful vibrancy and a solid bedrock of experience.