" I found myself transfixed by the sheer beauty of their singing and the depth of their understanding"
One of Bath’s most respected chamber choirs, The Handful has been performing in and around Bath since its inception in 2002. Conducted by Tomos Watkins, The Handful embraces a wide repertoire of music, classical and contemporary, and enjoys an enviable reputation for high quality, vibrant performances.
Magnificat! A glorious evening of festive music starting in the 16th and 17th centuries with Palestrina, Bach and Monteverdi. We hear from Swayne, Poulenc and Cui before arriving with contemporary festive favourites such as Rutter's Wexford Carol, Poston's Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, Hewitt-Jones' Love Came Down at Christmas, Gritton's Winter Wonderland and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. We will also be lending our West Country accents to Davies' Tua Bethlem Dref (in Welsh) and Warlock's Kan Kernow (in Cornish)!
After an extensive call for submissions to write a new commission for The Handful's 2020 season, we received 45 proposals from all over the world - from Australia to Alaska, Iran to Colombia. It's been a fascinating process, and with so many brilliant and talented composers to chose from it was not an easy decision. But after endless hours listening to each and every one and reading their proposals, we are truly delighted to have appointed an exciting British composer!