The Bach Elgar Choir is Hamilton's renowned concert choir and a leader in Canadian choral music. The ensemble performed its first concert in 1905 and since then 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 #2.
The BEC's productions are, every year, among the most thrilling and essential classical music events in Hamilton. The BEC's concert season features magnificent 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. Featuring the very best Canadian talent in its roster of soloists, and working together with top orchestras, the BEC has a reputation for excellence.