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Handel’s masterpiece

16th November 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We are delighted to tell you that the Grand Tier is now open for ticket sales for our sparkling performance of Handel’s Messiah. Time to book your tickets if you haven’t done so. The CBSO joins the City Choir and a team of wonderful soloists for our Symphony Hall performance starting at 7 pm on Friday 8th December.

 

Spectacular Classics

5th November 2017, by Mark Lawrence

After a thrilling performance of Mozart’s Requiem, we are delighted to be returning to Symphony Hall on Saturday 11th November for two performances  of the popular Raymond Gubbay promotion, Spectacular Classics at 2:30 and 7:30 pm.

Mozart’s Requiem

4th November 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We have enjoyed our rehearsals of Mozart’s Requiem, that great and moving work which Mozart only partly completed on his deathbed. His discussions with his pupil, Süssmayr, allowed the latter to complete the work – most probably with a good deal of the intended elements.

There is still time to book tickets for this lovely concert on Sunday 5th November at 3 pm in Symphony Hall.

Do book tickets for this and our other forthcoming Symphony Hall Concerts. We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

Well into the swing of things…

16th September 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We have enjoyed our first rehearsals of the autumn “getting our teeth into” Mozart’s Requiem, that great and moving work which Mozart only partly completed on his deathbed. His discussions with his pupil, Süssmayr, allowed the latter to complete the work – most probably with a good deal of the intended elements.

Do book tickets for this and our other forthcoming Symphony Hall Concerts. We look forward to seeing you in the audience.

Come to our WELCOME Rehearsal

25th August 2017, by Mark Lawrence


WOULD YOU LIKE TO SING IN A GREAT CHOIR? If so, why not come to our “Welcome Rehearsal“. This is a chance to welcome back existing members for the new season, and also to welcome anyone who might be interested in singing in our choir. Come along and try us out.
Tuesday 5th September in Birmingham city centre
Please arrive early (from 5.30pm) for light refreshments, to say hello and to borrow some music for the evening. The rehearsal starts at 6.30 and runs until 8.30 pm.
Read more in our Welcome Rehearsal leaflet. Read more about membership HERE.


Thank you for the music!

18th June 2017, by Mark Lawrence

Self-wounding pelican


A wonderful summer evening in Tewkesbury was the setting for our concert in the historic Abbey, Rejoice and Be Glad. Amongst a richness of choral works, Gerald Finzi’s ‘Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice’ was the most substantial piece. Choir members were intrigued to encounter the sculpture of the metaphorical ‘self-wounding Pelican! Whose breast weeps Balm for wounded man.’ This is part of Crashaw’s version of St Thomas Aquinas’ hymns.
Unusually, we have had the opportunity to sing this work three times this year – in the Stephansdom in Vienna, in Symphony Hall and in Tewkesbury Abbey. We were lucky to be accompanied on all three occasions by our excellent organist, Paul Carr.
Now for a summer break before rehearsals start again in September.

Be Glad and Rejoice at Tewkesbury Abbey!

8th June 2017, by Mark Lawrence

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We are looking forward to our delightful concert at Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 17th June. A feast of choral music in glorious architectural surroundings. Tickets still available. Read more here.
We hope you will come and join us for this eagerly anticipated evening.

Awesome Belshazzar

20th May 2017, by Mark Lawrence

A huge thank you to all the talented members of the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra for their professional and committed playing in the Belshazzar’s Feast concert. Also to all who made it happen, and especially to Mike Seal, conductor, for his hard work, humour and passion. We thoroughly enjoyed the concert and look forward to the opportunity to work with you again. Well done all!

Blazing Belshazzar’s Feast

14th May 2017, by Mark Lawrence


We rehearsed Belshazzar’s Feast on Saturday morning with the Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra, and it promises to be an AWESOME concert! What brilliant young players. The choir were in excellent voice, too.
Tickets are still available – don’t miss it!
Malcolm Arnold – English Dances; Finzi – Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice; Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast.

Blazing Belshazzar – after a standing ovation in Vienna

25th April 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We have just returned from an excellent tour to Vienna, including a performance of Handel’s Messiah which received a standing ovation from the large and appreciative audience.

Our next great excitement is our collaboration with Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra under the baton of CBSO Associate conductor and long-time director of the BSSO, Michael Seal. Enjoy a rare chance in Birmingham to hear the fantastic Belshazzar’s Feast by William Walton. Saturday 21st May at 7.30 pm in Symphony Hall.