Emma Kirkby

Dame Emma Kirkby is one of the world's most renowned early music specialists. She was a classics student at Oxford and an English teacher before developing a career as a soloist. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Photo © David Kornfeld

Brian Kay

Brian Kay divides his working life between the broadcasting studio and the concert platform, singing and conducting. He presents over 100 radio programmes each year, including Brian Kay's Light Programme on BBC Radio 3, and Radio 2's long-running series, Friday Night is Music Night.

Neil Mackie

Professor Neil Mackie is a distinguished Scottish tenor. He is currently Head of Vocal Studies at the Royal College of Music and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

John Joubert

Dr John Joubert is a British composer of South African descent. He took early retirement to concentrate on composing and remains active into his 80s. Though perhaps best known for his choral music, particularly the carols Torches and There is No Rose and the anthem O Lorde, the maker of al thing, Joubert has composed over 160 works including two symphonies, violin, piano and bassoon concertos and seven operas. (See Choir Commissions).

Prof Georg Christoph Biller

Georg Christoph Biller was appointed Thomaskantor in Leipzig 1992, becoming the 16th successor to J.S. Bach in this post which he held until 2015. He is also a baritone, an academic teacher and a composer. May 1996 he was elected a member of the Academy of Arts of Saxony.


The Birmingham Bach Choir gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The John Feeney Charitable Trust and Arts Council West Midlands.


We have also received grants from:

The Bayfield Trust

The Grimmit Trust

The Welton Trust

The Owen Family Trust

The Roughley Charitable Trust

The Saintbury Trust

The S and D Lloyd Charity

The Josephine Baker Trust

The Performing Rights Society

and The Holst Foundation.

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