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)
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.