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Patrons & supporters of the Birmingham Bach Choir


Emma Kirkby

Dame Emma KirkbyDame 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 KayBrian 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

Neil MackieProfessor 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

John JoubertDr John Joubert is a British composer of South African descent. He took early retirement to concentrate on composing and has remained 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).

Georg Christoph Biller

Professor Georg Christoph BillerThe German conductor and baritone singer, Professor Georg Christoph Biller, was a member of the Thomanerchor in Leipzig. In 1992 he took up his position as Thomascantor, becoming the 16th successor to J S Bach in this post.


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

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We have also received grants from:

  • The Grimmit Trust
  • The Welton Trust
  • The Owen Family Trust
  • Roughley Charitable Trust
  • the Saintbury Trust
  • the S and D Lloyd Charity
  • the Josephine Baker Trust
  • The Performing Rights Society
  • and the Holst Foundation.

The Choir in front of St. Michael and All Angels
The Choir in front of St. Michael and All Angels, Great Witley before performing
Photo © Frank Gresham

Performing at Durham Cathedral April 2005
Performing at Durham Cathedral April 1995
Photo © Michael Palmer