Our Musical Director, Adrian Lucas, writes:
‘The elegant sophistication of Bach’s music reached its peak in his two great settings of the passion – the story of Christ’s betrayal, imprisonment and crucifixion. While the St Matthew Passion is of truly massive scale in terms of resources and sheer length, the St John Passion is more modest in its conception, yet it contains some of the most beautiful and lyrical moments of his entire output. Read the rest of this entry »
Our Musical Director, Adrian Lucas, writes:
We would like to wish you a happy New Year!
Our rehearsals for JS Bach’s marvellous St John Passion, sung in German, commence on Tuesday 8th January with a Welcome Rehearsal and we would be delighted to see you there if you think you might wish to join the choir. We look forward to our concert in Tewkesbury Abbey on Saturday 6th April.
Having completed all our concerts in 2018 with a Christmas Classics flourish, we are taking a short break until January. Then we will start rehearsals for J S Bach’s St John Passion. Our first rehearsal is on Tuesday 8th January at 6.30 pm.
Meanwhile, we would like to wish you a peaceful and musical Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you for your support and interest during 2018, and we hope you will continue during 2019.
Herald the Christmas season with a wonderful concert of seasonal classics and glorious carols from the London Concert Orchestra and the City of Birmingham Choir. Following on from our recent tremendous performances of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius and Handel’s Messiah, we turn our voices to a delightful selection of traditional Christmas favourites and some newer arrangements and compositions in a seasonal mix of sacred and secular. Christmas Classics is at Symphony Hall on Friday 21st December at 7.30 pm. You can order your tickets online or call 0121 780 3333 or visit the Box Office in person.
Our wonderful performance of Handel’s Messiah is selling well – buy your tickets soon. We perform the favourite work – we are absolutely the experts – on Friday 7th December at 7 pm in the acoustic perfection that is Symphony Hall. A great team of soloists, our wonderful friends the CBSO and ourselves, the City of Birmingham Choir – all conducted by Adrian Lucas.
For unto us a child is born; Lift up your heads O ye gates; The trumpet shall sound; Worthy is the Lamb and, of course, the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. All unmissable. So don’t miss it – book tickets NOW.
Sunday afternoon presents a wonderful opportunity to hear Elgar’s masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius at Birmingham Town Hall. Starting at 2.30 pm, this chance to be bathed in choral and orchestral sound should not be missed! Premiered in this hall in 1900, it is a glorious reflection on life, death and the hereafter. The ‘inspired’ City of Birmingham Choir and the excellent Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra will be directed as usual by our conductor, Adrian Lucas. We have engaged a team of fine singers for the solo roles. Buy tickets online or on the door at Town Hall.
You can also buy tickets for our fabulous forthcoming performance of Handel’s Messiah – an annual highlight in Symphony Hall.
The City of Birmingham Choir welcomes you to its busy autumn of concerts. Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, Spectacular Classics (with lasers and indoor fireworks), Handel’s Messiah, Christmas Classics, there’s plenty of opportunity to hear us in action. Or join the choir and take part yourself, perhaps? A smaller group, Voices from the City of Birmingham Choir, will be singing at the NEC for the Festive Gift Fair.
A very varied and interesting programme of singing. Do join us in the choir seats (audition required) or the audience. We look forward to seeing you.
We would like to invite you to our Welcome Rehearsal on Tuesday 4th September at 6:30pm in central Birmingham. There will be refreshments from 5:30, and a chance to chat to Choir members before the rehearsal starts.
We will be commencing rehearsal of Elgar’s wonderful The Dream of Gerontius for performance in November.
Come and experience superb choir training in our friendly Choir. Find out more about the auditions process. Read more here:
A wonderful day at Gloucester Cathedral was rounded off by the enthusiastic applause of a full audience for our performance of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Superb vocal soloists and the brilliant playing of the Musical & Amicable Society and QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble all conducted by Adrian Lucas complemented the singing of the City Choir in the long-awaited finale to our season. Now for a summer’s rest before preparing for Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in November.
Please buy your tickets on the door.
We look forward to seeing you for a wonderful evening in the architectural marvel that is Gloucester Cathedral. Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 are not to be missed, and we would love to share this opportunity with you. Stunning solo movements and clever echo effects, the evocative period instrument – cornetts and sackbuts – and the nimble singers of the City of Birmingham Choir who are known to display ‘the agility and precision of an ensemble half their size’ (Birmingham Post).