Thank you to all who came to our concert in St Chad’s Cathedral
24 March the Cathedral was packed for our performance of sacred Tudor music focussed on William Byrd’s The Great Service plus hymns, organ voluntaries and readings of John Donne’s Holy Sonnets. Our thanks to the Archbishop for his readings of the sonnets, and to the Cathedral for their warm welcome.
(Thanks to Jonathan Thorne - organ tuner - for concert performance photos. Other photos taken during rehearsal)
“It was a truly involving experience and wonderful to perform to such a large and appreciative audience in St.Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham”
(tweet from Paul Spicer)
"Wonderful Byrd Great Service from @BirminghamBach Choir under Paul Spicer, set in a fascinating historical context and performed in Birmingham's awesome @StChadsBirm Cathedral. A memorable experience."
(tweet from Chris Morley)
Music critic Chris Morley gave it 5*****
“…great waves of beautifully phrased eloquence….constant fascination”
(to read his article as published in the Birmingham Post click here)
Some of the many audience tweets & emails:
Congratulations and many thanks for an exciting and very moving concert tonight.
(email from Alma Beattie)
A brilliant, uplifting performance. Wonderful work.
(tweet from Marion Fearon)
Our summer concerts…..
Sun-drenched Italian choral music
Saturday 16 June (Great Malvern) and 30 June (Birmingham)
Tickets now available online
Breaking News …..
Birmingham Bach Choir came second in the What’s On Readers Awards 2018 -
Classical Production Opera section for our performance of Handel’s Messiah in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last Spring.
(CBSO Classics Spectacular took first place)
Many thanks to all who voted for us.
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Announcing the launch of our new Benefactor’s scheme to help us fund our concerts (especially the cost of hiring first rate instrumentalists) and also to help fund our young singer bursaries .
There are two levels:
To find out more please do visit "Support us - Become a Benefactor"
Hear our latest Radio interview
Click here to listen to Clare Cowley (one of our sopranos) talking about Birmingham Bach Choir
Young Singer Bursaries
Birmingham Bach Choir is again offering young singers bursaries for good voices to sing with us and develop their talent, nurtured by Paul Spicer.
This year we have two bursary students: Barney Walsh & Alex Lindsay
Barney (front left) and Alex (back right) singing in their first concert with Birmingham Bach Choir
November 2017 Town Hall Birmingham. Bach’s B Minor Mass
A bit about one of our current bursary singers:
Barney, 22, from Portsmouth, is studying politics at Birmingham University. He says he’s been singing ‘for as long as I can remember’ and aims to go on to a conservatoire to study opera.
’To be a part of the Birmingham Bach Choir has been an excellent experience for me. It has provided a platform to sing a vast array of powerful music, from periods I had not 'worked' much within before, and for that I am very grateful. Furthermore, to work with someone as acclaimed and meticulous as Paul Spicer has been superb, and I believe it has greatly contributed to enhancing my own musicianship.’ (Barney)
If you would like to apply, or know anyone who might be interested, please click here for more information and conditions
Coming soon …..
Saturday 24 November, St Philip’s Cathedral Birmingham
The orchestra and soloists are now booked:
Natalie Clifton-Griffith (sop), Simon Ponsford (counter-tenor), Daniel Auchincloss (tenor),
Julian Debreuil (baritone)
Baroque Orchestra: The Musical & Amicable Society
We especially welcome back the orchestra, Natalie, and Daniel who performed so superbly at our concert of St John Passion, 2016
Festive Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday 16 December
St Alban’s Church, Highgate, Birmingham
Our annual service of beautiful carols, old and new, chosen by Paul Spicer and interspersed with scripture readings.
All are welcome. There is no ticket price.
As part of our centenary year 2019 we announce the renowned baritone Roderick Williams will be giving a recital:
Thursday 9 May 2019
Our thanks to The Bayfield Trust
The Bayfield Trust are supporting us with a financial donation for which we are very grateful.