Always learning new music, the choir’s repertoire is extensive and continually expanding.
Most recent performances of major works include:
J S Bach:
B Minor Mass , St Mark Passion, St John Passion, Magnificat & Christmas Oratorio
The Great Service
Messiah & Dixit Dominus
All Night Vespers
Petite Messe Solennelle
In addition since 2014 the Choir has performed numerous other pieces including by the following composers: Berezovsky, Brahms, Britten, Chesnokov, Dove, Finzi, Howells, Johanson, Kastalsky, Kodály, Lauridson, Langlais, Leighton, MacMillan, Matthias, Mouton, Poston, Poulenc, Rachmaninoff, Rutter, Scarlatti, Shearing, Schnittke, Villette, & Whitacre
For a full list of Repertoire:
Download printer-friendly PDF of Repertoire (68k).
COMMISSIONS AND PREMIERES
The choir regularly performs and sometimes commissions new works.
Since 2014 one major choral symphony, a special commission composed during the pandemic, two new Christmas pieces, various descants and one arrangement, by Paul Spicer plus new pieces by Eleanor Alberga, Joe Cutler and David Bednall have been given their first performances by the Choir:
Sound the Invisible Trumps - Paul Spicer
Commissioned during the pandemic.
Dedicated to Pauline Round and Michael Lloyd
First performed June 2022
The Dear Bargain - David Bednall
Commissioned by the Choir.
First performed December 2021
Everyone There - Joe Cutler
Dedicated to Birmingham Bach Choir:conductor:Paul Spicer
First performed Dec 2017.
Now is the time of Christmas - Paul Spicer
Commissioned by Michael Palmer, first performed on 20 December 2015
Descants to Hark the Herald, Come thou Redeemer, Hark a thrilling voice is sounded, O come all ye faithful, While shepherds watched – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Merryn Lloyd, first performed in December 2014 and 2015.
Silent Night - arrangement with tenor solo – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Merryn Lloyd, first performed on 21 December 2014.
A Shared Singing – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Kate Crocker, first performed on 13 September 2014 (with Unfinished Remembering).
Unfinished Remembering – Paul Spicer.
Commissioned by Birmingham Bach Choir with financial assistance from The John Feeney Charitable Trust, first performed on 13 September 2014.
For a full list of commissions & premieres:
Download PDF of Commissions and First Performances here.