We would like to express our congratulations and send good wishes to our Patron and former Conductor, Dr Christopher Robinson, who is celebrating his 80th birthday. Conductor from 1964-2002, Dr Robinson established a tradition of excellence in the choir. Read more HERE.
“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.”
So says Birmingham Post critic, Christopher Morley. (Read the whole article.)
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.
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…
90th anniversary message: Sir David Willcocks
Photo by Maggie Heywood.
Tuesday September 8th sees our first rehearsal of the new season. Find that pencil, queue up to be issued with music, chat to those fellow choristers you haven’t seen over the summer break…
A friendly choir that loves to sing – that’s the City of Birmingham Choir, as it has been since it’s foundation in 1921.
A tuneful and attractive season of concerts awaits the concertgoer, so do book tickets without delay!
We are enjoying our jazzy rehearsals, and you will love our next concert on Sunday 14th May in Town Hall at 2.30 pm. We are rehearsing the delightful harmony of George Shearing’s Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare, the popular and exciting Zimbe! by Alexander L’Estrange, and John Barber’s tuneful brand new commission, The Rain Queen.
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!
BUY YOUR TICKETS!
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.
Buy your tickets on line until a couple of days before the concert, or via the Abbey shop or on the door on the day.