Archive for May, 2015

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

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.