Brixi Singers


Various venues in Bolton and Greater Manchester. Every 2-3 years we undertake a European tour.

The Brixi Singers were formed in 1994 as a small chamber choir in Bolton, to perform a variety of works, with a maximum number of 22 singers. This small group first sang in a much larger concert, and the piece they chose to sing was Veni Spiritui Sancto, by a 17th century Czech composer called Brixi. As the group became established, they took inspiration from this, and named their group after this composer! The Brixi Singers undertake 4-6 concerts a year, and have performed many sacred and secular pieces, either alone as a group, or in collaboration with other groups. In this way, they have been able to give small intimate performances of pieces such as Handel's Messiah, and larger works, such as Bach's B Minor Mass, or Karl Orff's Carmina Burana. The Brixi Singers are also much in demand for charity concerts, where a lighter programme is provided, and for weddings. In 2001, the Brixi Singers undertook a tour of Normandy and Brittany, where the highlights were singing for the tourists on Mont St Michel, and singing Mass in Rennes Cathedral. 2004 saw the Brixi Singers on a tour of the Czech Republic, where they sang a sacred concert in the church of St Nicholas, in Prague's Old Town Square, and a much lighter concert in the Colonnades of the spa town of Marianske Laszne. In 2006, the choir toured Belgium, giving a concert in the cathedral of Brussels, and having the immense honour of singing for the daily service at dusk at the Menin Gate in Ypres.  2011 saw the group on tour in Paris, which culminated in a concert in Notre Dame de Paris. Although Bolton in Lancashire is the home town of the Brixi Singers, the choir has sung in places as far apart as Oxford's Merton College Chapel, the Lake District, and on BBC Radio Manchester.  In July 2014,  the Brixi Singers undertook a very successful tour of  concerts in the Rhine Valley in Germany,  centred on Rudesheim, including a spontaneous rendition of the Lorelei Song (in German,  of course),  as we sailed past the Lorelei rock,  on a cruise up the Rhine!

The Musical Director of the Brixi Singers is Richard Lea.  Richard’s full time job is Assistant Director of Music, and Organ Master,  at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool. He initially studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester,  and Christ's and Notre Dame College in Liverpool. He was organ scholar at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral studying with Noel Rawsthorne, Terrance Duffy and Philip Duffy. He was then organist at the church of St Oswald and St Edmund Arrowsmith in Ashton in Makerfield, Lancashire. In 1999 he was appointed organist at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King in Liverpool working with Mervyn Cousins,  Keith Orrell, Terence Duffy and Timothy Noon. He has made numerous broadcasts and recordings,  including three discs of the music of Lefebure Wely, which was featured in the Radio 2 programme "The organist entertains". He has also recorded the complete organ works of the Welsh composer William Mathias. He continues to direct various ensembles including the Brixi Singers in Bolton, and the Metropolitan Cathedral Cantata choir in Liverpool.