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A wonderful concert – now looking ahead to what’s next

9th July 2016, by Mark Lawrence

We very much enjoyed performing our Folk Songs and Finzi concert at the Elgar Concert Hall with the “remarkable little Westminster Chamber Orchestra”.  We were praised for “such a wonderful homogeneity of tone from all four vocal sections, and the lightness of touch” with which our large choir delivers its singing. The Elgar hall was a lovely place to sing in, and we look forward to returning there on 6th November for our programme, Songs From a Changing World. (Read REVIEW.)

Our annual highlight is Birmingham’s own performance of Handel’s Messiah (Friday 2nd December), a City of Birmingham Choir tradition.  With “a chamber sized CBSO and committed soloists”, we hope, once again, to bring you “seemingly effortless voice production – clean entries, clear text, a true joy”.2016-7-9_01417

See our concerts page for our full programme.

Sunday 3rd July concert

11th June 2016, by Mark Lawrence

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BOOK NOW for our next concert. Join us for a summer’s afternoon of music, celebrating the best of English folk and poetry, courtesy of some of our most prominent and loved composers of modern times Read the rest of this entry »

Happy 80th birthday, Christopher Robinson

2nd May 2016, by Mark Lawrence

CJRWe 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.

Marvellous Mahler 8

12th March 2016, by Mark Lawrence
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Mahler 8 – BPO@75

“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.

World première performance

4th January 2016, by Mark Lawrence

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.

John Barber’s website.

City Choir Conductor Choral Chief

11th November 2015, by Mark Lawrence

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.

Sir David Willcocks, R.I.P.

18th September 2015, by Mark Lawrence

david-willcocks-maggie-heywood_0We 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…
(The Independent)

Read his obituaries:
Guardian
Gramophone.
Independent
Telegraph
Telegraph – full obituary

90th anniversary message: Sir David Willcocks
Photo by Maggie Heywood.

New Season gets under way

6th September 2015, by Mark Lawrence

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!

Wonderful Town Hall concert

16th June 2015, by Mark Lawrence

We had a great concert… (14th June, Town Hall)…

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Summer holiday now, but an exciting SEASON 2015-2016 to come.

Jazzy Joyfulness and World Premiere

26th May 2015, by Mark Lawrence

the rain queenWe 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.

john barber1When 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.