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CHRISTMAS IS COMING …….

Festive Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

 

Sunday 16 December 3.30pm

St Alban’s Church, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0YH

 

Our annual service of beautiful carols, old and new, chosen by Paul Spicer and interspersed with scripture readings.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take a break from the manic build up to Christmas Day.

Join us in the spiritual ambiance of St Albans

All are very welcome. There is no ticket price (a collection on behalf of the church will be made)

 

For more details click here

 

 

Christmas Present time?

Why not give a superb present of tickets for Roderick Williams recital….

 

 

 

 

As part of our centenary year 2019 we announce the renowned baritone Roderick Williams will be giving a recital:
Thursday 9 May 2019, Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

 

 

 

Tickets on sale on sale now - click here

Thank you  to our wonderful orchestra & soloists at our Brilliant Bach concert Saturday 24 November

 

We were delighted to see so many friends amongst such a full and appreciative audience.

 

Paul Spicer wrote to the choir
“Thank you all for a superb concert last night…I was very proud of you. The final chorale setting of 29 finishing the concert was absolutely stunning singing. Big, full, rich, sound”

 

"This was an evening of beautiful music delivered with intelligence and emotional commitment”
(Paul Gray for reviewsgate.com)

 

Below a few pictures taken at the hard-working rehearsal in the Cathedral that afternoon

 

Rehearsals in St Philip’s Cathedral (photos by Frank Wood)

 

Our sincere thanks to The Grimmitt Trust, The Roughly Trust, & The Owen Trust for their financial support for our 2018-19 season.

 

 

ALSO COMING SOON ....

Our annual Come & Sing!

 

Saturday 2nd February 2019

Selly Oak Methodist Church

Our Come & Sing is always a great day of singing, socialising and of course enjoying the wonderful home-made cakes.

Elgar’s The Music Makers is a departure for us from better known choral pieces but something we believe many of you would love the chance to sing.

 

WELCOME TO UTE REY

Ute So happy

UTE passed her audition at the end of last month and has now joined our Alto section.

Originally from Nuremberg Ute grew up with music playing the piano from an early age (her mother was a piano teacher) then the flute followed.

She regrets losing touch with music-making during her early adult years when she studied architecture and moved to Berlin.

She says “my instruments fell into a deep sleep “ until the birth of her daughter when she reconnected with music, taking piano lessons and playing flute in an orchestra.

Her husband’s work brought her to England 3 years ago when they settled in Olton near Solihull.

Of living in The Midlands Ute says “ I enjoy it absolutely: I’ve met so many friendly, helpful, and warm-hearted people”

 

 “I am so happy now that I am allowed to be part of this wonderful Bach Choir. I appreciate every minute singing such deep-feeling music and am especially moved by the German texts. Thank you for the possibility to join in ” (Ute on joining the choir)

 

 

Darrel Chan: a name to watch….

 

Darrel was our student conductor 2017-18 season.

 

Darrel's choral conducting career is taking off. He will graduate January 2019 in the Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Choral Conducting at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Over the summer he was conducting mentor at Paul Spicer’s English Choral Experience week-long workshop in Hereford (choral conducting course) and has been spending his Saturdays at The Guildhall in London as the newly appointed Choral Conductor for the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Chamber Choir. He also says he has “just finished a recording of Nicola Porpora’s Dixit Dominus in G, potentially the first recording ever (as I can’t find any on Spotify + YouTube)” with the RBC Chamber Choir.

A name to watch….We wish him every success.

 

 

 

Darrel Chan

 

Darrel is a frequent visitor at our Wednesday rehearsals, stepping in to accompany or conduct when needed but mostly singing in the alto section.

We acknowledge with thanks the work of professional photographers Adrian Burrows, Frank Wood and Rob Gillespie, whose photographs appear on this website.

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