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STEAL AWAY - SPIRITUALS TO MELT THE HEART

A beautiful & moving programme of Afro-American spirituals

sung by Birmingham Bach Choir with Martyn Rawles being brilliantly jazzy on the piano

 

Saturday 22 June 7.30 pm

Pershore Abbey, Pershore

 

Saturday 6 July 7.30 pm

CBSO Centre, Birmingham

 

Tickets on sale here

We're off to France this month! ......

The Cathedrals of Rouen, Lisieux and Chartres, and the Church of St Catherine, Honfleur

We start our tour of northern France (late May)

We will be staying in Rouen, performing in Chartres & Lisieux Cathedrals and the ancient church of St Catherine in Honfleur.

The programme will include many of the motets sung at our Passiontide concert this year (including by Bach, Lotti, Lassus, Tallis & Bruckner) plus wonderful motets by Villette, as well as Howells’ Magnificat.

Paul Spicer will conduct us throughout, with Alex Mason as our tour organist

What a recital this was …..!

Photo © Simon van Boxtel

Our centenary recital: Patron of the choir Roderick Williams OBE sang Beethoven & Schubert accompanied by pianist Susie Allan

 

"What a recital this was….. he and Allan discovered a multitude of expression…

   …encore  of An die musik was an absolute bedtime tucking-in joy”

   ( Review***** : Chris Morley)

 

To read Morley’s complete review visit. www.midlandsmusicreviews.com

 

Thank you to all our hugely appreciative audience who came to this superb performance.

And a particular thank you to Bromsgrove School for hosting this concert

Roderick & Susie have recently recorded this entire programme - it will be released later this year

Birmingham Bach Choir acknowledge with sincere thanks The Saintbury Trust for  their generous contribution to our centenary season.

Many thanks to our very appreciative audience at our Passiontide Concert

In St Philips Cathedral

Rehearsing in St Philips Cathedral on the day of the concert

Review….

I cannot recall previously leaving a concert wishing that it hadn’t ended, but that was the effect on me following Saturday night’s Passiontide concert at St Philip’s Cathedral given by the Birmingham Bach Choir……  

 

Click here for full review by Martyn Parfect

 

Paul Spicer wrote of the performance…..

 

The Bach Choir’s recent Passiontide concert was amongst the most memorable of my more than quarter of a century with them. For one thing I had vowed never to perform Howells’s extraordinary Requiem with an amateur choir after having a terrible experience some years ago. I also know that when my predecessor, Richard Butt, attempted to do it it was extremely touch and go! But the choir is now in such a good place (really better than it has probably ever been) that I was confident in programming it alongside Leighton’s almost equally moving Crucifixus pro nobis and other beautiful Passiontide works. My confidence was justified as the choir not only sailed through the challenges of both works but gave memorably moving performances of both. It is an exciting time for the choir and we look forward to some wonderful repertoire challenges in the next couple of years.

 

(Paul Spicer April 2019)

Coming soon ……

CENTENARY CONCERT

 

Come and celebrate the music of Bach, Handel, and Haydn with us.

Orchestra : The Musical and Amicable Society

Soloists : Anita Watson, Samantha Price, Mark Wilde & Felix Kemp

 

Tickets on sale on this site from July 1.

Welcome back to Chris Milton

Chris Milton back at rehearsals

 

Chris returns to the tenor section after a 7 year gap.

 Although thoroughly enjoying being a member of the choir from 2006 to 2012 the demands of international travel for his work made it impossible to continue. Now, as a self-employed management and communications consultant, seeking a better work-life balance, he’s jumped at the chance to rejoin

 

 

" I am delighted to have rejoined the choir.  Although I wouldn’t class myself particularly as a musician, I have always enjoyed the discipline, the breadth of the repertoire, and the standard of the singing with the Birmingham Bach Choir – satisfyingly challenging and sometimes even daunting, but it is always clear that the choir’s members are gifted amateurs rather than professionals, and very friendly!” (Chris Milton)

Join us for a September workshop….

Birmingham workshop & concert: Saturday 28 September in St Philips Cathedral

 

Sonoro Choral Inspirations in Birmingham will be a one-day workshop for all singers

followed by a concert with conductor Neil Ferris plus singers from Sonoro and Birmingham Bach Choir.

 

To find out more click here

Just announced: our next Come & Sing!

Beethoven Mass in C

Saturday 1 Feb 2020

Thank you to all who joined us this year for the excellent workshop on

Elgar’s The Music Makers

 

Do join us again for the Beethoven.

And to celebrate 250 yrs since the great composer's birth.

 

Tickets on sale from 1 October 2019

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

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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