“I doubt anyone has ever heard Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand” given with that number of musicians, but I guess Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra’s amazing presentation under Michael Lloyd on Sunday came somewhere near the forces employed by Mahler for the Munich premiere of this Eighth Symphony in 1910.”
Choir of over 300 (City of Birmingham Choir and University of Birmingham Chorus plus children’s choir, BPO (in marvellous form) of over 140 players, eight soloists – all under the baton of Michael Lloyd celebrated BPO’s 75th anniversary in style on Sunday 6th March. Read MORE.
Last year, we were delighted to perform the world première of our composer-in-residence, John Barber’s, The Rain Queen. Now, we are delighted to note that this video is available for your enjoyment. READ MORE.
Our very own Adrian Lucas has recently taken up the post of Head of Choral Studies for the Royal School of Church Music. Formerly the Master of Choristers at Worcester Cathedral, Adrian combines his RSCM role with a busy career as a freelance organist, conductor and examiner. He also runs his own production company, Acclaim Productions. In this interview with Stuart Robinson, Adrian speaks about his approach to choral training, and amongst other things, a choral project with street children in South America with which he has been involved.
We are sorry to hear of the death of Sir David Willcocks (on 17th September), a giant of the world of choral music. David Willcocks was conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir 1950-1957, later taking up his famous roles as director of King’s College choir, Cambridge, and The Bach Choir, as well as editing the Carols for Choirs books. Sir David kept in touch with us, recording a message for our 90th anniversary.
…At Birmingham he gave noted performances of Tippett’s Child Of Our Time and Britten’s Spring Symphony, together in 1952 with the first English performance of Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem…
When John Barber was 14 years old, he won a competition to compose a carol for the choir’s Christmas concert. It was the start of a long lasting relationship with the choir and John has been a choir member for many years. John is a professional pianist, composer, music teacher, and choral director. READ MORE.
You will not fail to enjoy the exuberant Zimbe! Come sing the songs of Africa by Alexander L’Estrange. The City Choir, children’s choir, jazz ensemble and vocalist Joanna Forbes L’Estrange will fill the Town Hall with music on Sunday 14th June at 2.30 pm.
Also in that concert will be the delightful Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare by jazz legend George Shearing, as well as the world premiere performance of The Rain Queen, specially composed by Birmingham musician and City Choir member, John Barber. Buy your tickets now – don’t delay!
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Only a short time to go now until our concert at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 16th May!
The City of Birmingham Choir and organist Paul Carr, fresh from our recent tour to Paris, will be joined by renowned trumpet soloist Crispian Steele-Perkins for a splendid evening of music which you will enjoy.
Be it Bach’s Cantata 149 (with the famous chorale: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring), Ralph Vaughan Williams’ wonderful Mass in G Minor, stirring organ and trumpet solos, or other fine choral works by Benjamin Britten, Orlando Gibbons or Samuel Wesley – there is a rich feast of music to delight in.
We have had a hugely successful and enjoyable tour to Paris (8th – 12th April). Follow our Twitter feed for the very latest comments.
Sunday 12th update… At Notre Dame
Saturday 11th update… Soon to rehearse in Notre Dame.
In performance at St Germain des Pres
Friday 10th update
Wow! What a concert! Everyone pulled together to make a glorious sound at St Germain des Pres with organist Paul Carr and conductor Adrian Lucas.
Many a City Choir chorister sitting in the small garden next to St Germain des Pres… Eating a picnic… Avoiding the pigeons…
Another resonant church, but this time the gothic architecture seems to focus and blend the sound more than at La Madeleine.
Rehearsal at St Germain des Pres
Thurs 9th update
A successful and well-attended free concert today at the impressive Parthenon-inspired La Madeleine church. An enormously resonant building! Plenty of applause from the appreciative audience.
Wed 8th update.
Well, the choir has arrived by Eurostar and settled into our hotel. Having sought a tasty evening meal, and the odd glass or two, we are girding our loins for our first concert tomorrow afternoon at the Madeleine church.
16.00hrs Thursday 9th April 2015 – Eglise de La Madeleine 20.30hrs Friday 10th April 2015 – Abbaye St Germain des Pres 11.30hrs Sunday 12th April 2015 – International Mass – Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris