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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.

It’s tour time!

17th April 2017, by Mark Lawrence

Off we go to Vienna for our latest exciting international tour.  On Friday 21st April we will be singing in the Stephansdom (St Stephen’s Cathedral) in Vienna.  A feast of English choral music at the lunchtime mass and short recital; our speciality, Handel’s Messiah, at 8.30 pm.

When we return, our next great excitement will be 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.

Belshazzar and all that jazz…

16th February 2017, by Mark Lawrence

We are enjoying learning some pretty tough music, not the least in the guise of Belshazzar’s Feast.  If you have never heard Walton’s great work, listen to a recording and then book tickets at www.thsh.co.uk to our performance with BSSO and Michael Seal on Saturday 20th May. Tickets are at bargain price.

First unleashed on the musical scene in 1931, this jazzy, dramatic, evocative and electrifying piece pulls no punches in telling the famous story of the Babylonian king and the ‘writing on the wall’.

Happy New Year, 2017!

31st December 2016, by Mark Lawrence

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We would like to wish you a happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year – with plenty of marvellous music to accompany it.

Our season continues with great excitements – a tour to Vienna, Belshazzar’s Feast with the brilliant young players of BSSO and another day out to Tewkesbury Abbey.

Thank you for supporting our concerts so far – Songs from a Changing World, Spectacular Classics, Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Classics.

We look forward to seeing you at our performances in 2017.

Happy Christmas!

20th December 2016, by Mark Lawrence

XMAS-CLASSICS

Thank you for supporting our concerts so far – Songs from a Changing World, Spectacular Classics, Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Classics. We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.
We look forward to seeing you at our performances in 2017.

Kevin Whately joins the City Choir for Christmas Classics

3rd December 2016, by Mark Lawrence
Kevin Whately

Kevin Whately

Actor Kevin Whately, famous for his role as TV detective, Lewis, is the special guest reader of our Christmas Classics concert. Come along to Symphony Hall on Saturday 17th December for a festive feast of music for Christmas-tide. With the City Choir under its conductor Adrian Lucas will be the London Concert Orchestra, soloist Julia Doyle and trumpeters from the Band of the Queen’s Division.
Buy your tickets now – we look forward to seeing you.

Messiah selling fast!

22nd November 2016, by Mark Lawrence
Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah

Our wonderful annual performance of Handel’s Messiah with the City of Birmingham Choir and the CBSO is selling well – and the Grand Tier of Symphony Hall is now open for business.
Book your tickets to enjoy (or enjoy again) Handel’s wonderful music.

A truly splendid choir with everyone palpably performing to their utmost.

… so said the Birmingham Post of our Messiah performance.
Book now! Friday 2nd December at 7.00 pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Recording Mahler in Blackburn Cathedral

15th October 2016, by Mark Lawrence

The City Choir are in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 15th October with world-famous organist David Briggs and conductor, choir Vice-president and former City Choir maestro, Christopher Robinson. David’s arrangement of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony for organ is being recorded for a CD. Choir conductor Adrian Lucas is wearing his Acclaim Productions hat as the recording company for the project.

Blackburn Cathedral - lantern

Blackburn Cathedral – lantern