Bolton Catholic Music and Choral Society


BCMCS is one of Bolton’s leading amateur theatre societies.  Its three sections offer a wide ranging experience in musical theatre and classical choral music as well as encouraging young people to develop their skills and interest in theatrical arts as a worthwhile hobby.

Rehearsal rooms:

BCMCS Musicals and Choral - Parish Church Hall, Silverwell Street, Bolton, BL1 1PS.

BCMCS Youth Theatre - Eagley Junior School, Chapeltown Road, Bolton, BL7 9AT

Performance venues:

BCMCS Musicals - The Albert Halls, Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RU

BCMCS Choral - Victoria Hall, Knowsley Street, Bolton, BL1 2AS

BCMCS Youth Theatre - Walmsley Parish Hall, Christ Church, Egerton, Bolton, BL7 9RZ.

Members of all three sections of BCMCS  performing together in our 2011 show, CHILDREN OF EDEN.

About us:

BCMCS (Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society) has its roots in 1934, when a number of parishioners of St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church in Bolton decided to form a musical society with the intention of performing Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operas.  Merging with the local drama society, they called the new group St Edmund’s Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society and performed a dramatic work each spring and a Gilbert & Sullivan musical each autumn. The first musical show was The Mikado in 1935, which fittingly was the same show performed by the Society for its Silver and Golden Jubilees in 1960 and 1985.

Early productions were staged at St Edmund’s new school hall in Heaton, Bolton, but with rising audience numbers they soon had to move in 1952 to the Great Hall at Bolton Technical College.  The Society expanded its repertoire in the 1960s and performed pantomimes each Christmas (although ceasing their dramatic productions) and from 1973 a Choral Section was formed to perform masses, oratorios and other choral works.

The society changed its name in 1977 to Bolton Catholic Musical & Choral Society but soon changed its name again to BCMCS, reflecting the changing times. There is no requirement to be a Catholic to become a member and anyone who shares the members’ love of music and theatre is welcome to join.

As a registered charity, the society maintains links with other charities, particularly Bolton Hospice.  Mutually beneficial relationships with other societies in the area have been formed, especially by the Choral Section who have performed alongside Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Bolton Chamber Orchestra, Bolton Choral Union, Corus Brass and the renowned Wingates Band.

If you are interested in joining the Society please visit our website for contact phone numbers and email addresses.  We’ll be delighted to see you in any of our future productions.