The Bach Elgar Choir is Hamilton’s renowned concert choir. The ensemble performed its first concert in 1905 and has become essential to musical life in the region. The BEC has several firsts to its credit, including the North American premiere of Verdi’s Requiem and the Canadian premiere of Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2”. The BEC’s concert season features works for choir and orchestra, its cherished annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah, as well as programs of diverse vocal repertoire from opera to pops. We feature the very best Canadian talent in its soloists, and work together with top orchestras including the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Now entering its 114th year, the Bach Elgar Choir invites interested singers from all sections to join us under the leadership of our dedicated artistic director Alexander Cann.