Redland Green Choir began, under the name of Redland Green Community Chorus, in 2008 when Helen Bilkey (pictured here) the School's Head of Music wanted to involve parents and friends more with making music in the school.
Early successes included winning a major singing competition at our very first public appearance in July 2009, and helping to perform the world premiere of Karl Jenkins' Gloria at the Royal Albert Hall. Helen was succeeded by Emma Trounson (née Goddard), who was the choir’s director from 2011 to 2013. She set the pattern
for two concerts a year, including a notable performance of Handel’s Messiah, and singing with professional soloists and an orchestra, as well as performing in the wider community. We sang at St George’s and took part in a thrilling recording session for The Peacemakers at Abbey Road Studios in London with Karl Jenkins himself. Another Karl Jenkins' gig at the Albert Hall saw us joining The Really Big Chorus to give another world première, this time his Gods of Olympus.
We also appointed a composer-in-residence, Gareth Treseder, and premièred ‘Never Weather Beaten Sail’, a piece written specially for us, and Barrett's Allsortst, an a cappella quartet was established.
In 2013, Emma's career took her to Leicester as a Choral Director for Leicester Cathedral, and our current director Nicholas Bromilow literally took over the baton from her after our summer concert in 2013.
Since that time, the choir has gone from strength to strength. We joined forces with the Long Ashton Orchestra, of which Nicholas is the conductor, to perform Mozart's Requiem at Clifton College, Bruckner’s Mass in F in 2015 and the Brahms German Requiem in 2016 at St Alban's church.
In the latter half of 2014 we voted to change our name to the simpler Redland Green Choir, and at the same time acquired charitable status. The Redland Green Chamber Choir was established as an offshoot of the main choir.
We entered the Upton Festival Choir Competition in May 2015 and again in 2016 when we very pleased to win the Judges’ Cup for our rendering of ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from the Lion King.