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CANCELLED….COME & SING 22 January

Due to the current Omicron situation sadly this event has been cancelled

Coming soon …..

A beautiful concert to remember all those we loved including:

 Vaughan William’s Five Mystic Songs

&

Paul Spicer’s The Invisible Trumps commissioned during the 2020 covid outbreak

Ed Ballard

"seductive and magnetic at all times”
Bachtrack.

Ed will be performing Vaughan Williams ‘Five Mystic Songs'

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Our sincere thanks to The Roughley Trust for their generous support for this performance

The new choral work by our Director of music, Paul Spicer, pertinent to this moment in history is now in print.

The Choir will start rehearsing this work in January.

 

Commissioned by the Choir, generously funded by our past President, the late Pauline Round in her will.

It stands as a testament to this very moment in time of pandemic crisis and to Pauline’s close relationship with us.

Each movement uses a different poem for the libretto (including anonymous texts from the 12th century,  the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, Walter de la Mare, and Pauline Round).

The title, Sound the Invisible Trumps is from the poem by Walter de la Mare.

 

 Paul says of the work:... it is essentially a ‘darkness to light’ theme with the pandemic as the backdrop.

     A very big and satisfying job resulting in 7 movements and 23 minutes of music.

     I am particularly happy with the final movement which really dances its way through and should be quite exciting.

     These quick, upbeat movements are always the hardest to do and it was very important that this one should be a complete release from all that has gone before.

 

     Pauline is the overall dedicatee of course, and I am very pleased to have been able to use two of her poems.

     These are what I call the ‘sorbet’ courses between bigger, fully-fledged pieces. They are both unaccompanied.

 

Mike Lloyd is the sub-dedicatee of the second movement, husband to Merryn, soprano, and close friend of the Choir, who tragically did not survive the covid virus.

Sound the Invisible Trumps will be premiered 2 April 2022 in St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham, alongside a beautiful programme of music for those we have loved. Click here

More about Paul Spicer

Read more about Paul’s work with The Royal Conservatoire Chamber Choir…..

Paul Spicer conducting Birmingham Bach Choir 4 Dec 2021

Exciting Announcement

Our concert next November will be Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Lichfield Cathedral

More details soon

A Big Thank You to all who braved foul weather & traffic 4 December for O Clap Your Hands concert

Birmingham Bach Choir conducted by Paul Spicer, St Philip’s Cathedral 4 Dec 2021

 

 

The programme was kicked off with Vaughan Williams "O Clap Your Hands" and followed by Walton, Leighton, Britten, Dvorak plus the world premiere of David Bednall’s "The Dear Bargain" commissioned by the choir for our centenary celebrations 2 years ago

 

Despite being down to only 47 singers on the day Paul Spicer wrote:

”a really terrific concert. David Bednall was thrilled with your performance of his beautiful work. A really brilliant restart after 2 years”

 

 

Congratulations to our lovely soloists and organist from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire: Isabella Abbot Parker, Hope Pugh, Timothy Burton, Alex Pratley & Callum Alger

 

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"what singing! This is not easy repertoire but a high standard was set from the outset with a truly atmospheric and expressive opening"

(Prof David Saint)

"what a celebration! The work of most interest was the premiere performance of David Bednall’s The Dear Bargain, commissioned by the choir for its centenary. It played to the strengths of the choir, who sang confidently and captured all the moods of the piece, especially the radiant ending“

(Peter Morris)

Photos by Frank Wood

2 New Singers have joined us

We congratulate Catherine & Isaac for passing their auditions last autumn and performing with us on 6 December.

To find out more about them click here

If you would like to join the choir click here for details

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Would you like to join us ?

Next auditions: 2nd February .

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Memories of our Centenary Concert in Lichfield Cathedral

photo: Frank Wood

 

Our last concert before the pandemic hit was such a wonderful celebration for our 100 years.

We remember our superb orchestra (The Musical and Amicable Society), soloists (Anita Watson, Samantha Price, Mark Wilde and Felix Kemp) and our own Martyn Rawles (on the chamber organ) performing with us to an absolutely packed cathedral.

Aaah happier times!

 

Pictures below of the hardworking final rehearsal and actual concert

(with gratitude to Frank Wood & Dave Freak for their photos)

So many thanks to all who helped keep us together singing during the long lockdown for singers

A Covid secure rehearsal with Paul Spicer

 

We spent most of our time together on zoom sessions.

Many thanks to Paul & Martyn for their perserverance with the technology -  not easy for Paul to conduct us without hearing us, nor for us to sing each in isolation in our own homes.

Paul conducting us on zoom with regular accompanist Martyn

And finally many thanks to those who did all the organising behind the scenes

Especially to our Choir Secretary who has & still does play a Herculean role during the past 12+ months keeping us all together, steering us, and ploughing through the mire of Covid rules & regulations.

Thank You flowers delivery!

Our sincere thanks go to:

The Grimmitt Trust, The Saintbury Trust, The S&D Lloyd Trust, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, and the W.E. Dunn Trust who have all supported us recently.

 

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

Saturday 2 April:
For Those We Loved

St Philip’s Cathedral

 

Sat 25 June:

Lux Aeterna - A Summer Concert

St Paul’s, Birmingham

 

Sat 2 July:

Lux Aeterna - A Summer Concert

Malvern Priory, Malvern

 

Sat 19 November:

J S Bach - Christmas Oratorio

Lichfield Cathedral

 

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