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Marvellous Mahler 8

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

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.

And all that jazz…

17th May 2015, by Mark Lawrence

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!

Thrilling Trumpet and Choral Splendour

4th May 2015, by Mark Lawrence

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.

Crispian Steele-Perkins

Crispian Steele-Perkins


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.

Our Paris Tour

8th April 2015, by Mark Lawrence

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
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Saturday 11th update… Soon to rehearse in Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame

In performance at St Germain des Pres

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.

Pre-concert…
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

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.
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Here is a link to more information about the tour.

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